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A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 10:47pm On Mar 29, 2017
... with regards to Ndigbo

As the great philosopher Karl Marx once said, "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."

This expression is most befitting the situation currently going in Nigeria today. The situation, of course, being Nigeria's developed paranoia concerning Igbo people.

[url=
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZmGGt_8smM][/url]

The video details Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, talking about his 'Northernisation Policy'. In the video, Sir Bello reveals his feelings about Ndigbo, particularly his fears over an Igbo domination in the civil service sector in the North. Sir Bello's sentiments here were not particularly surprising at the time, considering that many Northern leaders were apprehensive about Nigerian independence for the same reason. However, what is rather surprising is the fact that many Nigerians still share these sentiments today.

Here's what Sheikh Ahmed Abubakr Gumi had to say about the presence of Igbos in the Nigerian Army:
“There is a new dangerous trend in promotions and recruitment in the Nigerian Army, which should be firmly and promptly checked before it destroys the military and the country. This trend is clearly visible in the manner in which the current Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika is handling these two important aspects of running an effective army institution, which is very critical to the survival of any state. It appears that the Chief of Army Staff is on a specific mission, most probably, sponsored by some sinister dark forces bent on destroying the army and setting the country on the path of serious conflagration. From all indication General Ihejirika is deliberately and recklessly pursuing a plan to destroy the career of senior non Igbo officers while at the same time embarking on a massive recruitment of soldiers of Igbo stock in order to eclipse all other ethnic groups in the Nigerian Army. This is raising serious concern within the army. Let us, first, examine the promotion exercises carried out in all the formations since the elevation of Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika to the office of Chief of Army Staff.”

https://9jainformant./2013/02/02/sheikh-gumi-alerts-nation-on-igbo-domination-of-nigerian-army/

Although Sheikh Gumi's anti-Igbo agenda is very clear here, what I'm more concerned with is the syntax here. Note that he says at the start of the paragraph "dangerous trend in promotions..." It's shocking that when he says "dangerous", he's not referring to any incompetence on General Ihejirika's part, rather the fact that he believes that Ihejirika was enlisting more Igbos into the army. In his eyes, the Igbo is intrinsically dangerous.

The danger associated with the Igbo and their supposed desire to dominate is something that, as Sir Ahmadu Bello suggests, must be dealt with swiftly and directly. The Igbo mustn't rise above his station. Whilst Sir Bello sought to deal with this situation by employing a "Northerner First" policy, others choose to stifle the Igbos by immediately shutting down any Igbo acts of dissent. A good example to use would be the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu's comments about Igbo residents daring to vote for a candidate he didn't endorse:

"if anyone of you [Igbos] goes against Akin Ambode that I picked, that is your end! I tell you in the name of God!" He went on to say, "on Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that [APC candidate] Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water."

http://saharareporters.com/2015/04/06/raw-video-oba-lagos-threaten-igbos-over-governorship-election

It's clear that the Oba was not accepting of any case of Igbo dissent here, even going to the extent of threatening to drown them if they went against his word. It's evident that the monarch, just like Sir Bello, feared the Igbos becoming too powerful in his jurisdiction.

To conclude, I'm worried about this ongoing trend as, just as Marx said, 'history tends to repeat itself as a tragedy first' therefore it is something that needs to be dealt with now.

Cc: pazienza, blues2022, bigfrancis21, Myplaydiary, Igboid, paschu et al

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by biaframustcome: 10:50pm On Mar 29, 2017
That paranoia by Nigerians for Ndigbo is what is holding Nigeria back.

Since after the civil war, Nigeria has been ruled by a class of people you can only describe as incompetent, unintelligent, clowns and illiterate.

There is no way that country will get better.

Nigerian citizens are like sheep without shepherd scattered all over the world because Nigeria as a country cannot guarantee them their dignity as humans.

What a pity

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 11:08pm On Mar 29, 2017
biaframustcome:
That paranoia by Nigerians for Ndigbo is what is holding Nigeria back.

Since after the civil war, Nigeria has been ruled by a class of people you can only describe as incompetent, unintelligent, clowns and illiterate.

There is no way that country will get better.

Nigerian citizens are like sheep without shepherd scattered all over the world because Nigeria as a country cannot guarantee them their dignity as humans.

What a pity

I agree. The refusal to adopt and develop Biafran technologies after the civil war also exemplifies this. They could have done what the Americans did with Nazi scientists post-WW2 with the Biafran engineers and Nigeria would be much better off today.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by ozoebuka1(m): 11:09pm On Mar 29, 2017
The paranoia is uncalled for and unnecessary. Nigeria is more concerned about sentiments than growth. If an igbo man will salvage the country why be weary of him?

If the Nigerian state isn't ready to trust an igbo man wouldn't it be best to give them biafra instead of playing on sentiment?

An igbo man will always come out supreme no matter the odds.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 11:19pm On Mar 29, 2017
ozoebuka1:
The paranoia is uncalled for and unnecessary. Nigeria is more concerned about sentiments than growth. If an igbo man will salvage the country why be weary of him?

If the Nigerian state isn't ready to trust an igbo man wouldn't it be best to give them biafra instead of playing on sentiment?

An igbo man will always come out supreme no matter the odds.

That's the million dollar question here. I created this thread to raise awareness for this problem as it seems that many Nigerians consciously choose to ignore it. I fear that it's a problem that will continue to grow and result in more tragedies.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ikechu10: 11:33pm On Mar 29, 2017
Ngozi123:


I agree. The refusal to adopt and develop Biafran technologies after the civil war also exemplifies this. They could have done what the Americans did with Nazi scientists post-WW2 with the Biafran engineers and Nigeria would be much better off today.

Is it today you realized Nigeria is a joke.

There is a reason why no other country respect or even care about that shithole.

Lady get with the truth, the zoogerians are dumb naturally hence they have incompetent leaders left and right.

Like which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to carve people away from their ancestry people (as they did Egbema and ndoki) all becayse,of oil and till date refuse to listen to their cries because in their delusional head classifying them as "SS" removes their igbo identity an dc thus removes igbo from "oil".

Which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to ignore a place where any thing is made directly (Aba and Nnewi)...a potential trading spot which very likely would have been another of economy for the nation (example China) all because they want to keep igbos from advancing (a task that seems to have backfired and bit them in the ass). Aren't they currently going back to lick their vomit in effort for the "fake aba products" to help them improve their failing currency.

Which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to ignore a technological advancement and improve it some more for theor nation instead of running all over the world spending millions on outdated weapons when the nation could gave saved money by learning and upgrading the weapons your opponent made while fighting your ass. Like a big fact DUH?

The nation who thinks everything regarding development is all about oil.

The most idiotic thing about is what is the educational requirement to become president and Senate in that shithole. A freaking High school certificate is all you need to run as president? Is this a fucking joke? Yet they wonder why that country is the messy crap it is.

I hate Nigeria with a passion because I see that country as a joke!!
A waste of space in Africa.
As an igbo man, I want nothing to do with the level of backwardness that is Nigeria.
Like I always says, Asaba would not be part of that shithole for long that's damn sure. We aren't going to be part of that mess.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by biaframustcome: 9:34am On Mar 30, 2017
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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 9:41am On Mar 30, 2017
Ikechu10:


Is it today you realized Nigeria is a joke.

There is a reason why no other country respect or even care about that shithole.

Lady get with the truth, the zoogerians are dumb naturally hence they have incompetent leaders left and right.

Like which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to carve people away from their ancestry people (as they did Egbema and ndoki) all becayse,of oil and till date refuse to listen to their cries because in their delusional head classifying them as "SS" removes their igbo identity an dc thus removes igbo from "oil".

Which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to ignore a place where any thing is made directly (Aba and Nnewi)...a potential trading spot which very likely would have been another of economy for the nation (example China) all because they want to keep igbos from advancing (a task that seems to have backfired and bit them in the ass). Aren't they currently going back to lick their vomit in effort for the "fake aba products" to help them improve their failing currency.

Which nation on this planet thinks it's a good idea to ignore a technological advancement and improve it some more for theor nation instead of running all over the world spending millions on outdated weapons when the nation could gave saved money by learning and upgrading the weapons your opponent made while fighting your ass. Like a big fact DUH?

I wholeheartedly agree with the above. Paranoia against Ndigbo has stifled the Nigerian economy. It's good that the FG is starting to patronise these Eastern manufacturers now but it's looking like it'll be a case of 'too little, too late' for Nigeria- an all too familiar phenomenon undecided.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by pazienza(m): 1:22pm On Mar 30, 2017
The most annoying part is the way rules are constantly being amended and changed at any given point in time, to cast the Igbo as villains.

It's almost like he is being expected to swallow all the hate messages directed towards his part by Igbophobic Nigerian groups without reacting back, as any reaction on his part is termed an evidence of his hateful nature.

He is also expected to not debunk stereotypes built on falsehoods and calumny campaign by his detractors any attempt by him to do so is termed revisionism and yet another evidence of his villain nature. Lol!

The good thing is that this Current generation of Igbo youths are more than capable of returning hate for hate, in such a magnitude the Igbophobic beings are not used to, most of them just can't believe it, out forerunners were not this aggressive towards them.

And the good news is that the upcoming Igbo generation will even be better than the current one at this.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 2:25pm On Mar 30, 2017
pazienza:
The most annoying part is the way rules are constantly being amended and changed at any given point in time, to cast the Igbo as villains.

It's almost like he is being expected to swallow all the hate messages directed towards his part by Igbophobic Nigerian groups without reacting back, as any reaction on his part is termed an evidence of his hateful nature.

He is also expected to not debunk stereotypes built on falsehoods and calumny campaign by his detractors any attempt by him to do so is termed revisionism and yet another evidence of his villain nature. Lol!

This is an interesting thought that I failed to mention in the op. One could say that this is another way of dealing with 'Igbo dissent'- simply accuse them of being liars. It's actually a very common method an authoritarian establishment uses to undermine dissenters but, in this case, it's the Igbos we're talking about. As the saying goes, 'history is written by the victors'.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by stonemasonn: 2:31pm On Mar 30, 2017
Ngozi123:
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Cc: pazienza, blues2022, bigfrancis21, Myplaydiary, Igboid, paschu et al
Ngozi to be honest you are not wrong.

But
Igbos are not any different from the Fulanis, they are both from very difficult terrains with a drive to dominate others, give an Igbo man or a Fulani man a yard when he is weak and vulnerable, when he grows and become strong he will demand for everything. They're both clanish and trust no one but themselves. Just that the Igbos achieve dominance through hard-work and strong business acumen, the Fulanis use primitive methods like radical religion or shear aggression and mischief.

The Fulanis unfortunately have the upper hand because of support from western powers while the Igbos are branded traitors/secessionist.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by paschu: 3:29pm On Mar 30, 2017
I actually have a vision where we, in the greater East, will compete on the global scale strictly based on our own indigenous identity and competence regardless of any prevailing geo-political label. Think Hong Kong. Think Taiwan. Think South Korea.

We need a visionary movement, led by a super-charistimatic, authentic and terribly charming leader, followed by a crowd of vibrant, passionate and upwardly mobile folks from our ancestoral loins.

It's possible to live above Nigeria, even when you are in Nigeria. The world is a global village. Our people need to embrace their global destiny. A shift to collective futuristic thinking is all it will take to kickstart the movement.

Seeking to expess our inherent giftings through a political label seems to be working against us consistently. I think it' time for Nd'Igbo to explore another route. Let's unleash our core competence for the world to see. Let's harness our collective entrerpreneurial energy for global expression. It's entirely possible. And now is the time regardless of our various vocations. Entrepreneurship is universally applicable in all walks of life.

Oh dear God, how on earth do I express this! It's like a freshly brewed new wine bursting forth in full vigor. Unrestricted. We can break forth to the world and make the globe our marketplace. There is probably no better way to make this restrictive political label eternally obsolete and irrelevant to our collective existence both now and even in the futue unforseable.

Ngozi123:


I wholeheartedly agree with the above. Paranoia against Ndigbo has stifled the Nigerian economy. It's good that the FG is starting to patronise these Eastern manufacturers now but it's looking like it'll be a case of 'too little, too late' for Nigeria- an all too familiar phenomenon undecided.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 6:18pm On Mar 30, 2017
paschu:
I actually have a vision where we, in the greater East, will compete on the global scale strictly based on our own indigenous identity and competence regardless of any prevailing geo-political label. Think Hong Kong. Think Taiwan. Think South Korea.

We need a visionary movement, led by a super-charistimatic, authentic and terribly charming leader, followed by a crowd of vibrant, passionate and upwardly mobile folks from our ancestoral loins.

It's possible to live above Nigeria, even when you are in Nigeria. The world is a global village. Our people need to embrace their global destiny. A shift to collective futuristic thinking is all it will take to kickstart the movement.

Seeking to expess our inherent giftings through a political label seems to be working against us consistently. I think it' time for Nd'Igbo to explore another route. Let's unleash our core competence for the world to see. Let's harness our collective enterprennurial energy for global expression. It's entirely possible. And now is the time regardless of our various vocations. Enterpreurship is universally applicable in all walks of life.

Oh dear God, how on earth do I express this! It's like a freshly brewed new wine bursting forth in full vigor. Unrestricted. We can break forth to the world and make the globe our marketplace. There is probably no better way to make this restrictive political label eternally obsolete and irrelevant to our collective existence both now and even in the futue unforseable.


You have a beautiful way with words. It's poetic smiley.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by thwarrior72: 7:25pm On Mar 30, 2017
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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by hammerF: 7:59pm On Mar 30, 2017
Ngozi123:
... with regards to Ndigbo

As the great philosopher Karl Marx once said, "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."

This expression is most befitting the situation currently going in Nigeria today. The situation, of course, being Nigeria's developed paranoia concerning Igbo people.

[url=
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZmGGt_8smM][/url]

The video details Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saudauna of Sokoto, talking about his 'Northernisation Policy'. In the video, Sir Bello reveals his feelings about Ndigbo, particularly his fears over an Igbo domination in the civil service sector in the North. Sir Bello's sentiments here were not particularly surprising at the time, considering that many Northern leaders were apprehensive about Nigerian independence for the same reason. However, what is rather surprising is the fact that many Nigerians still share these sentiments today.

Here's what Sheikh Ahmed Abubakr Gumi had to say about the presence of Igbos in the Nigerian Army:


https://9jainformant./2013/02/02/sheikh-gumi-alerts-nation-on-igbo-domination-of-nigerian-army/

Although Sheikh Gumi's anti-Igbo agenda is very clear here, what I'm more concerned with is the syntax here. Note that he says at the start of the paragraph "dangerous trend in promotions..." It's shocking that when he says "dangerous", he's not referring to any incompetence on General Ihejirika's part, rather the fact that he believes that Ihejirika was enlisting more Igbos into the army. In his eyes, the Igbo is intrinsically dangerous.

The danger associated with the Igbo and their supposed desire to dominate is something that, as Sir Ahmadu Bello suggests, must be dealt with swiftly and directly. The Igbo mustn't rise above his station. Whilst Sir Bello sought to deal with this situation by employing a "Northerner First" policy, others choose to stifle the Igbos by immediately shutting down any Igbo acts of dissent. A good example to use would be the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu's comments about Igbo residents daring to vote for a candidate he didn't endorse:



http://saharareporters.com/2015/04/06/raw-video-oba-lagos-threaten-igbos-over-governorship-election

It's clear that the Oba was not accepting of any case of Igbo dissent here, even going to the extent of threatening to drown them if they went against his word. It's evident that the monarch, just like Sir Bello, feared the Igbos becoming too powerful in his jurisdiction.

To conclude, I'm worried about this ongoing trend as, just as Marx said, 'history tends to repeat itself as a tragedy first' therefore it is something that needs to be dealt with now.

Cc: pazienza, blues2022, bigfrancis21, Myplaydiary, Igboid, paschu et al

Imagine that rag-head desert wretch insulting the great igbos.

If it wasn't for us, they will still be running naked and hungry in the desert but let me not insult a dead man. grin

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 8:01pm On Mar 30, 2017
An interesting dig. Ngozi123, kudos to you.... My other moniker is on long island, courtesy of one cyberpunk, that is on infinite trolling..... I'll be back with more expository findings that needs to be seen by our weak one Nigerian Igbo apologist.
When dog bit you once, na the dog find trouble, but when e'bite you the second time, then na your fault. smiley

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 8:04pm On Mar 30, 2017
hammerF:


Imagine that rag-head desert wretch insulting the great igbos.

If it wasn't for us, they will still be running naked and hungry in the desert but let me not insult a dead man. grin
It will be nice if you keep post void of insult, so that this beautiful thread will not be derailed. Please be wise.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by hammerF: 8:06pm On Mar 30, 2017
blues20:

It will be nice if you keep post void of insult, so that this beautiful thread will not be derailed. Please be wise.

How do u qualify Ahmadu Bello? There are no nicer way to put it.
Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 8:10pm On Mar 30, 2017
hammerF:


How do u qualify Ahmadu Bello? There are no nicer way to put it.
There is time for everything under the sun........

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 8:13pm On Mar 30, 2017
hammerF:


How do u qualify Ahmadu Bello? There are no nicer way to put it.

Please, I appreciate your contributions to this thread but I don't want it to descend into a tribal slinging match. It might deter unsuspecting Igbos away from this thread and prevent them from learning about this trend.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by hammerF: 8:16pm On Mar 30, 2017
Ngozi123:


Please, I appreciate your contributions to this thread but I don't want it to descend into a tribal slinging match. It might deter unsuspecting Igbos away from this thread and prevent them from learning about this trend.
Ok Oooo sister Ngo. grin

blues20:

There is time for everything under the sun........

As for u, let us continue on the next thread. sad

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 8:17pm On Mar 30, 2017
hammerF:

Ok Oooo sister Ngo. grin



As for u, let us continue on the next thread. sad
Heheheee.... cheesy cheesy cheesy I cannot fight a brother. cool

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by amazingspiderma: 8:35pm On Mar 30, 2017
I love the tone of the comments so far. I will love it if we( igbos) continue in this fashion.
Ndi Igbo, ekelem unu.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by freeze001(f): 8:35pm On Mar 30, 2017
You put it really beautifully brother. The Greater East (Love the name too) needs a working blueprint for drastic development that does not depend on toxic Nigerian sentiments. It is also necessary to have uniform development across the entire region so those 'state labels' need to be collapsed for the purpose whilst bearing same for individual representation outside the region. For instance, a target for sustainable water supply should be mapped out to work not just in Enugu but in Abia, Imo et al at the same pace. Health delivery should be planned across the entire region. Ditto for housing, trade n commerce and so on. Curtailing d herdsmen should also cut across at the same time.

Sometimes I feel like drawing up a working document but I fear its being thrown our for dirty political reasons...

paschu:
I actually have a vision where we, in the greater East, will compete on the global scale strictly based on our own indigenous identity and competence regardless of any prevailing geo-political label. Think Hong Kong. Think Taiwan. Think South Korea.

We need a visionary movement, led by a super-charistimatic, authentic and terribly charming leader, followed by a crowd of vibrant, passionate and upwardly mobile folks from our ancestoral loins.

It's possible to live above Nigeria, even when you are in Nigeria. The world is a global village. Our people need to embrace their global destiny. A shift to collective futuristic thinking is all it will take to kickstart the movement.

Seeking to expess our inherent giftings through a political label seems to be working against us consistently. I think it' time for Nd'Igbo to explore another route. Let's unleash our core competence for the world to see. Let's harness our collective enterprennurial energy for global expression. It's entirely possible. And now is the time regardless of our various vocations. Enterpreurship is universally applicable in all walks of life.

Oh dear God, how on earth do I express this! It's like a freshly brewed new wine bursting forth in full vigor. Unrestricted. We can break forth to the world and make the globe our marketplace. There is probably no better way to make this restrictive political label eternally obsolete and irrelevant to our collective existence both now and even in the futue unforseable.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by amazingspiderma: 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2017
freeze001:
You put it really beautifully brother. The Greater East (Love the name too) needs a working blueprint for drastic development that does not depend on toxic Nigerian sentiments. It is also necessary to have uniform development across the entire region so those 'state labels' need to be collapsed for the purpose whilst bearing same for individual representation outside the region. For instance, a target for sustainable water supply should be mapped out to work not just in Enugu but in Abia, Imo et al at the same pace. Health delivery should be planned across the entire region. Ditto for housing, trade n commerce and so on. Curtailing d herdsmen should also cut across at the same time.

Sometimes I feel like drawing up a working document but I fear its being thrown our for dirty political reasons...


Now you guys are talking. I love this.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by amazingspiderma: 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2017
freeze001:
You put it really beautifully brother. The Greater East (Love the name too) needs a working blueprint for drastic development that does not depend on toxic Nigerian sentiments. It is also necessary to have uniform development across the entire region so those 'state labels' need to be collapsed for the purpose whilst bearing same for individual representation outside the region. For instance, a target for sustainable water supply should be mapped out to work not just in Enugu but in Abia, Imo et al at the same pace. Health delivery should be planned across the entire region. Ditto for housing, trade n commerce and so on. Curtailing d herdsmen should also cut across at the same time.

Sometimes I feel like drawing up a working document but I fear its being thrown our for dirty political reasons...

Don't let people's opinion deter the vision God has placed in your heart.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by paschu: 8:57pm On Mar 30, 2017
Thank you Sis. smiley Kinda blushing.

Ngozi123:


You have a beautiful way with words. It's poetic smiley.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 9:27pm On Mar 30, 2017
Questions Nigerians need to ask themselves and cure themselves of Igbophobia.


The arrest of the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has generated media headlines for Biafran agitators at home and internationally. In a recent newspaper headline phone in programme by Nigeria Info FM Station Abuja, callers from certain sections of Nigeria were calling in repeatedly lampooning Igbos in general because of the Biafran campaigners, insisting that "Igbos are the problem of Nigeria, let them go jere!". I was unsuccessful after several attempts to correct such negative perception about one of the most vibrant races in the world.

[b]And I began to ask myself; are the Igbos really the problem of Nigeria? Is there any Igboman that has ruled Nigeria for one year in the past 55 years of the country's independence and was part of the past heads of state that institutionalized corruption and maladministration that has made Nigeria the poster face of a failing nation?

Is it an Igboman that was military head of state and stole over $20billion that several years after his death European and US banks are still returning the money he stole? Is it an Igboman that was former head of state and when he emerged civilian president in 1999 with only N20,000 in his bank account left office eight years later becoming one of the richest men alive today in Nigeria, having hilltop mansion in Abeokuta and elsewhere?

Money that could have been used to liberate Nigerians from the shackles of poverty! Is it an Igboman that was former head of state that lives in his own hilltop mansion in north central Nigeria which cost was more than the budget of the country for two years? Is it the Igbos that has between 2009 and 2015 killed close to 20,000 Nigerians in North East, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and elsewhere in the country and rendered over two million homeless and creating the biggest internal refugee crisis Africa has ever witnessed? Is it the Igbos that have sacked farmers and villagers in Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa states among others creating internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Jos, Makurdi, Jalingo with no solution in sight even as food scarcity looms in years ahead?

Is it the Igbos that has sacked the ancestral village of Tor Tiv, the chairman of Benue State Council of Chiefs, that the monarch dare not visit his ancestral home anymore? Is it the Igbos that is committing genocide in parts of Kaduna and Plateau states where whole villages have been burnt down and families exterminated? While we are in the subject of genocide, is it the Igbos that committed genocide against Odi and Zaki Biam in Bayelsa and Benue states while the world watched in silence?

Is it an Igbo that in his religious bigotry hacked to death serving British soldier on the street of London and brought opprobrium to his race and Nigeria? Is it an Igboman that put bomb under his pants to bomb American airline on Christmas Day and signposted Nigeria as a nation that breeds terrorists and threat to world's peace?[/b]

If it is not the Igbos that did these terrible things against fellow Nigerians and to the image of Nigeria, how are they Nigeria's problem? In any case in the few positives about Nigeria, have the Igbos not been at the forefront of it? Is it not mainly the Igbos that gave Nigeria, Africa and the world, Nollywood-the third largest film industry in the world?

Is it not the Igbos that gave Nigeria and Africa the best writers from Christopher Okigbo to Achebe and Chimamanda among others? Is it not Igbos that gave Nigeria the JJ Okochas and Kanus of this world that set European leagues on fire, so much so that when Obasanjo visited Germany in 1999 it was JJ Okocha's jersey that was presented to him by German Chancellor in recognition of Okocha's impact in German football?
Is it not the Igbos that has given the world renowned scientists and physicists including computer wizards like Philip Emegwali?

Is it not Igbos that is at the centre of technological revolution in Nigeria where any automobile part can be fabricated and manufactured at Nnewi? Is it not Igbos that are producing made in Nigeria cars, buses and jeeps like Innoson Motors is doing at Nnewi, Anambra State thereby proving that what the Whiteman can do Africans can also do, if not better?

Is it not Igbos that own 80 percent of hotels in Abuja (National Bureau of Statistics) and significant numbers in Lagos thereby rescuing millions from poverty and unemployment?

Is it not the Igbos that are paying the highest rents for shops along major streets in major cities across Nigeria thereby empowering the landlords of their host communities?

Is it not the Igbos that are producing the best tailors in Nigeria whose ‘finishing’s’ can be compared to the best tailors around the world and tailors from other parts of Nigeria are going to Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State, to learn how it is done thereby empowering other Nigerians and adding value to tailoring business nationwide?

Is it not the Igbos that are creating Computer Villages all over Nigeria and spreading IT knowledge to all Nigerians? Given all these positives and more that were not recounted here, the big question remains; in what ways are the Igbos problem of Nigeria? Or is it the case of envy as pointed out by Columnist Femi Aribisala in his highly recommended article entitled: “Nigeria Cannot Survive without the Igbos” published in his columns in www.premiumtimesng.com and Vanguard respectively!

Culled from http://pauluwadima..ng/2015/10/is-igbo-problem-of-nigeria.html

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ultimate300(m): 9:28pm On Mar 30, 2017
Firstly you should know that nobody in nigeria that hate igbo, what i learnt is that its very difficult to trust (again) someone that betrayed you before... we gave igbo trust but unknowingly they were a wolf in a sheep clothing...for me [hausa] i will not or i can not have a peace of mind provided an igboman is going to lead, secure me. unless if he repent and remuse. which is very unlikely to happen.,.

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by paschu: 9:29pm On Mar 30, 2017
Sis, I have zero doubt that you are made for this.

As Nwa Ada with a sharp intellect, good moral standing plus the exact kind of inner toughness (that most men only dream about) be rest assured that few are better qualified to pioneer this visionary movement from their respective FLANKS until it translates into a torrential confluence of unified vision that's totally unstopable.

Deep calls onto deep. The fact that the flow of the vibe resonated deeply with you shows that you are in, on the actual scheme of things. So just do it. Follow the lead. But you need a synergy. A momentum. A relevant network or platform. Unfortunately I have none to offer you at the moment. But I'm still convinced that you can pull this off.

Your wit, blended with your youth and womanhood, when ignited with unquenchable passion is the perfect combination that's capable of shocking the rulling class (of the Greater East) out of their docility.

Go, girl. Yes, you can!

freeze001:
You put it really beautifully brother. The Greater East (Love the name too) needs a working blueprint for drastic development that does not depend on toxic Nigerian sentiments. It is also necessary to have uniform development across the entire region so those 'state labels' need to be collapsed for the purpose whilst bearing same for individual representation outside the region. For instance, a target for sustainable water supply should be mapped out to work not just in Enugu but in Abia, Imo et al at the same pace. Health delivery should be planned across the entire region. Ditto for housing, trade n commerce and so on. Curtailing d herdsmen should also cut across at the same time.

Sometimes I feel like drawing up a working document but I fear its being thrown our for dirty political reasons...

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Nobody: 9:38pm On Mar 30, 2017
Ultimate300:
Firstly you should know that nobody in nigeria that hate igbo, what i learnt is that its very difficult to trust (again) someone that betrayed you before... we gave igbo trust but unknowingly they were a wolf in a sheep clothing...for me [hausa] i will not or i can not have a peace of mind provided an igboman is going to lead, secure me. unless if he repent and remuse. which is very unlikely to happen.,.
How do you mean? In what ways did the Igbos betrayed you? Please list them out so the world can see... don't just speak out of hear say or your gut. smiley

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Re: A Revision Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's Speech And Nigeria's Paranoia by Ngozi123(f): 9:49pm On Mar 30, 2017
Ultimate300:
Firstly you should know that nobody in nigeria that hate igbo, what i learnt is that its very difficult to trust (again) someone that betrayed you before... we gave igbo trust but unknowingly they were a wolf in a sheep clothing...for me [hausa] i will not or i can not have a peace of mind provided an igboman is going to lead, secure me. unless if he repent and remuse. which is very unlikely to happen.,.

I'm happy to see someone with a contrarian view here as it makes for a good debate. However, I want to know what betrayal you're referring to here.

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