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|Are Igbos Really Divided? by ezefrank87(m): 8:15pm On Oct 25, 2018|
PLEASE DISREGARD ALL THE HATE SPEECHES, STEREOTYPES AND MISINFORMATION BEING PEDDLED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AGAINST THE IGBOS: MOST OF THEM ARE BEING SPONSORED BY THE WEALTHY NORTHERN OLIGARCHS, AND THEIR BENEFACTORS.
No ethnic group or zone agrees on any political issue in Nigeria. There has never been any time any part of Nigeria agreed to allow only one of them to contest for the presidency.
Let me not list the intra ethnic crises of the First Republic or the intra-zonal coups and killings that dot our history.
In 1983, six politicians contested the presidential election: Three from the North, two from the Southwest, one from the Southeast.
North - (Aminu Kano of PRP, Waziri Ibrahim of GNPP, and Shehu Shagari of the NPN).
Southwest - (Obafemi Awolowo from the UPN and Tunji Braithwaite from the NAP).
Southeast - (Nnamdi Azikiwe from the NPP).
Aminu Kano controlled Kano, Ibrahim controlled Borno. Both of them contested against their fellow Northerner Shagari both in 1979 and 1983 despite the risk of splitting the Northern vote and making Shagari lose. None of them stepped down for Shagari on both occasions.
Imagine if that was done by three Igbo politicians.
In 1999, Bola Ige and Olu Falae contested the AD ticket from the Southwest. None of them stepped down for the other. When Falae was chosen, it saddened Ige so much that it led to a division in both the AD and Afenifere. Ogbonnaya Onu of the APC stepped down for Falae, but neither Falae nor Obasanjo (both from the Southwest stepped down for each other in the presidential election). Obasanjo was declared the winner of the election. Falae did not accept the result. He went to court. Yet nobody used this against the Southwest as lacking in unity. Imagine if Ige, Falae and Obasanjo were Igbos.
Meanwhile in the PDP primaries, Obasanjo defeated Ekwueme. Because Jim Nwobodo contested in the primaries and got a few votes that could not have made any difference if added to Ekwueme's votes, it has been used as a story to vilify the Igbos as lacking in unity.
Meanwhile while Ige was not happy that Falae was chosen as AD candidate over him, and while Falae was angry that Obasanjo was declared the winner, Ekwueme who was not Obasanjo's kinsman congratulated Obasanjo after the PDP primaries and went with him to campaign in the Southeast, raising Obasanjo's hand in different campaign grounds in the Southeast.
In 2007, Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, and Umaru Musa Yar'Adua all contested the presidential election. None of these 3 Northerners stepped down for the other. When Yar'Adua was declared the winner, the others went to court.
In 2011, Nuhu Ribadu and Muhammadu Buhari contested against Goodluck Jonathan in spite of the risk that their votes might be split and give Jonathan an advantage. Both of them lost to Jonathanand. Maybe the answer would have been different if they joined forces.
Imagine if these two were Igbo politicians.
In 2014/2015, some of the fiercest opponents of Jonathan were from the Southsouth led by Rotimi Amaechi.
Today the strongest opposition of Buhari is from the North: Buba Galadima, Junaid Mohammed, Atiku Abubakar, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Makarfi, Dankwambo.
Imagine if these were Igbos opposing the presidency of their kinsman: some people would have used it to wax an award-winning song. All comedians would have used it on every show. Every post on Facebook or Twitter and article in the newspapers would have referred to "Igbos being their worst enemies."
Some gubernatorial elections had been held in recent time. In Rivers State, some people were killed because of a contest between kinsmen. In Edo, the opposition went to court after the result was announced. In Ekiti, the opposition went to court too. But in Anambra, not only was there was no report of violence, all the top contestants congratulated Obiano and vowed not to contest the result in court despite their misgivings about the conduct of the election. Yet, the narrative is that "Igbos don't speak with one voice", "Igbos hate themselves" (the correct expression should actually be "Igbos don't love one another."
But interestingly when the Igbos speak with the so-called one voice by voting for one candidate, the music changes to: "Igbos put their eggs in one basket;" "Igbos are clannish."
The bottom line is that something must always be said to maintain the narrative that there is something wrong with the Igbos. If it is not that the Igbos are disunited, it is that they are politically unwise, or don't go to school, or can't survive in their land, or love money more than Lucifer, etc.
Some Igbos have even ignorantly bought this narrative. But only Igbos who don't understand the reason behind this narrative believe it or join in spreading it.
Let me repeat: Based on the facts available, no ethnic group or zone speaks with the so-called one voice in Nigeria. In every society, there are individuals who disagree with others. There is never a time everybody agrees on a thing. That is how life is. Let people stop this singling out of the Igbos for all these narratives that are not backed by any statistics.
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by chefremy(m): 8:19pm On Oct 25, 2018|
That's their problem, let them come and say for themselves. Check my sattus tho
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by UgwuAghachi: 9:22pm On Oct 25, 2018|
Igbo's aren't divided
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by chiagozien(m): 9:38pm On Oct 25, 2018|
We yorubas are facing the same problem.
Our muslim brothers always working against the interest of Yoruba nation.
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by Nwadiuto247: 9:59pm On Oct 25, 2018|
Dont mind the merchants of lies. Its the same everywhere. If the north is so united we wont have Atiku and Buhari contesting the 2019 election, it should have been just one northerner.
Olu Falae and Obasanjo should not have contested in 1999, it should ve been one of them.
Let them be deceiving themselves.
They should check the presidential elections from 1999 till date, no tribe gave bloc votes more than the Igbos,
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by Shayetet13(m): 10:08pm On Oct 25, 2018|
Apt. I wonder when other tribes say Igbos hate themselves, but would be the first to come out to say that if an Igbo man gets leadership position, he floods the place with his brothers. Very confused set of other tribes we have in Nigeria here. Do you know that Igbos are the only tribe where there is no record of community clashes. Every other tribe in Nigeria have clashed amongst themselves. How does the Igbos hate themselves?
People hate the blessed Igbo nation and would stop at nothing to peddle lies to hurt the Gods people. But just like the Jews of Israel, so are the Igbos. Gods people always triumph
|Re: Are Igbos Really Divided? by Shehunoshewhat: 10:15pm On Oct 25, 2018|
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