EVERY IGBO IS SMARTER THAN EVERY OTHER IGBO!
Good followership is a prerequisite for good leadership. The Igbo saying, “Igbo enwe eze” (Igbos do not have kings) which was probably coined by a jealous nincompoop has continued to foment disarray in Igbo land. Igbos may never have had hereditary kings in the English or Japanese tradition but Igbos have always had kings.
1. The head of the extended family is a “king.” He is the first to collect his portion after sharing of meat, land, etc.
2. The man with the highest title in the town or village is a “king.” He picks his portion before any other person in the town.
3. In towns with a strong oracle, the oracle priest is a “king.”
The igbos like to dismiss superiority, especially when the superior personality is Igbo that disadvantages Igbos in their relationship with the greater Nigeria. The Yorubas prostrate before superior Yorubas, the Hausa-Fulani respect and worship superiority and the Igbo would respond with “Igbo enwe eze” or “Oo gi na enye mu nni?” (Do you feed me?). The Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani would proudly announce their benefactors while Igbos would undermine their benefactors. Introduce a fellow Igbo to the source of your riches and he/she will plot to exclude you from the riches! When every Igbo is as smart as every other Igbo, then every Igbo is dumb!
Since Igbos claim to have no ezes, is it any wonder why others choose and crown Igbo ezes (kings). While other tribes parade people of integrity with known pedigree as leaders, Igbo political leaders are passenger touts, shady contractors, 914 (advanced 419) practitioners, errand persons, and professional sycophants. 419 is an advance fee and confidence scam run over the Internet to defraud people. These pretentious defenders of Igbo interest are only interested in procuring a sinecure for themselves and their immediate families. While other tribes present young, vibrant, and enterprising leadership, Igbos present leaders who should be enjoying their dotage. Senile leaders make asinine decisions.
Igbos have always had ezes but every Igbo being smarter than every other Igbo wants to be an eze (king). In Imo State, an Igbo state, every village has an autonomous king and soon every kindred will have a king. Does it make sense that people who once claimed not to have kings, now, have more kings in one state than the rest of Nigeria?
This also explains the multiplicity of Igbo Organizations in the diaspora. Every Igbo wants to be the President (Eze) of an organization. In some jurisdictions, these inconsequential Igbos have arrogated the title, Eze Ndi Igbo (King of the Igbos) to themselves. Since Presidents of associations serve a limited term, some past presidents continue to append the “Eze Ndi Igbo” title to their names, resulting in multiple Ezes in one jurisdiction. This is an abomination in Igboland, as you cannot have more than one living eze in a jurisdiction.
In conclusion, Igbos should jettison the “Igbo Enwe Eze” saying, acknowledge duly installed ezes or their ezes will be chosen for them by Abuja. Igbo Charlatans need to be isolated to save Igbos further embarrassment. The new mantra should be that “Igbos have Kings” (“Igbo nwelu Ezes”).