GOOD ANALYSIS OF THE NIGERIAN CONUNDRUM WITH SERIOUS MISCONCEPTIONS.
Good analysis of the Nigerian conundrum by Isaiah Ekpeyong. The Igbos have never sought domination or dominated any other tribe. Igbo achievements in education despite encountering the Europeans later than the coastal tribes propelled the Igbos to high levels of achievements. Their industry, spirit of innovation, and a dogged determination to succeed induce envy and jealousy in the other tribes. This unwarranted Igbo hate, spearheaded by the intelligentsia of the other tribes continues to be used by the Fulanis to advance their agenda – the Fulanization and Islamization of Nigeria.
The Igbos have never dominated Nigeria. This is a misconception and distortion of the facts. The Igbos did not dominate Eastern Nigeria where they were the majority. The Willinks Commission Report of 1958 failed to prove Igbo domination of Eastern Nigeria. Domination should start in your backyard and spread to the nation. Eastern Nigeria had a minority, Prof Eyo Ita, an Efik, as Premier in the 1950’s. The Obong of Calabar, an Efik , was Chairman Eastern House of Chiefs in the 1950″s and Mallam Umaru Altine, a Fulani from Sokoto was the first Mayor of Enugu.
Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello hated Igbo education, industry, and resourcefulness. His remedy was to denigrate the Igbos. Igbo civil servants were treated as expatriates on contracts in Northern Nigeria. He initiated the Northern policy of building from the roof downwards. The British hated the Christian Igbos. They however recognized their talents and skills and placed them in the commanding heights of the Nigerian economy and Civil Service. Igbos do not seek to dominate anybody. They are more interested in individual upward mobility especially acquiring wealth. Igbos are so competitive that they compete against Igbos.
Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, used the Igbos to upset the peace in Eastern Nigeria. He dethroned Prof. Eyo Ita, a minority Efik as Premier of Eastern Nigeria for his selfish ends. This sowed the seed of the enmity between the Igbos and the minorities. Azikiwe was emasculated by Awolowo’s tribal Action Group Party after the 1957 elections. He should have stayed in Western Nigeria to fight another day. Instead, his political, financial, and personal greed was placed over that of the Igbos and the nation. Onitsha (Onicha), Azikiwe’s hometown regard Igbos as strangers. This is in spite of the fact that Onicha people recently migrated from Western Nigeria and should express thanks to their benefactors. Consequently, Azikiwe is part Yoruba, masquerading as Igbo.
The Igbos are the pillars of Nigerian unity if there is anything as Nigerian unity. They are found everywhere in Nigeria. Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi, an Igbo, was a partially educated, politically naive, and stubborn military commander. A good soldier but a horrible politician. While stubbornness may pay in the military, it is suicidal in politics. After the failed military coup of 1966, he was thrust into leadership of the country because of his seniority in the Army. Despite having a limited education, his Igboness propelled him to the leadership of the Nigerian Army. He never consulted the Igbos before he instituted a Unitary Government. His proscribing of all tribal organizations especially the Igbo State Union facilitated the 1966 Igbo Genocide in Northern Nigeria. He surrounded himself with Hausa-Fulani and Middle Belt soldiers who dragged him to his death while tied to a British Land Rover.
The problem of Nigeria are the Hausa, Yoruba, Middlebelt, and the Minorities. The Fulanis have always and will continue to use these groups to fight the “perceived domination of the Igbos. I am glad that the Hausa, Yoruba, Middlebelt, and the Minorities are now realizing that the Fulanis use you and dump you in serial rotation.
The Igbos (South East Zone) continue to “dominate” WAEC (West African Examination Council) and JAMB (Joint Admission And Matriculation Board) results. They are prevented from advancing academically by the lowering of standards for other zones. Inferior building blocks ensure a poorly finished building. What the other zones need to do is turn off the “owambe,” burn the midnight candle and compete with the Igbos. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.”
Nigeria will prosper with the enthronement of merit. Merit is not a tribal entity. It exists in all the tribes. Those who seek it will get it. The Igbos are the solution to Nigeria’s problem and not the problem. The Hausa, Yoruba, Middlebelt, and the Minorities should stop being used as tools in the Fulanization and Islamization of Nigeria.
If Apartheid could be thrown overboard in South Africa and the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) dissolved, the Fulani problem will eventually be solved by well-meaning Nigerians from all tribes including the Fulanis.
Africastallestman believes that eventually, the Hausa, Yoruba, Middlebelt, and the Minorities will discard their thieving sycophantic leadership allied with the Fulani, and usher in an era of peace, prosperity, and progress in Nigeria. The horse will start pulling the wagon once again. Presently the cart is pulling the horse!