Igbos! Yoruba! Hausa! Who Owns Lagos?


During the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Abiola won only Anambra State, the other South East States voted for Tofa (a northerner). Cross River, Delta, Edo voted for Abiola. An Igbo person (Arthur Nzeribe) got an overnight black-market judgment to annul Abiola’s election; when it was becoming obvious that he would win.

Note that the Igbo man together with a northerner (the judge) and military dictator IBB(another northerner) saw to the annulment of the election. I need not remind you that the Electoral Chairman (Professor Humphrey Nwosu ) at that time was also an Igbo man. In 2008 he published a book in which he claimed that Babangida was not to blame for annulling the election.

During the fights to restore democracy, great Nigerians like Frank Kokori, Alfred Rewane, Ken Saro Wiwa, Kudirat Abiola, Gani Fawehinmi, Abraham Adesanya, Wole Soyinka and other democracy activists fought against Abacha. Some of them were killed, others hounded out of the country, Odumegwu Ojukwu and his colleagues were busy frolicking with Abacha, he even traveled to the US at a time to shore up the image of Abacha (a northerner who was trying to turn himself into a democratic life-president).

That reminds me, another “Kanu” back then organized the “Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha” rally. Onyeka Onwenu sang the praises of Abacha at the rally.

These guys wined and dined with the conservative northern oligarchs back in the day; but now that the arrangement is no longer suitable, they think burning down the country should be the only way out. I think, that is childish; only infants try to scatter the game when they lose.

Till date, no Yoruba group has come out to call Igbo people “betrayals”, “cowards” or “animals” for the action of some Igbo elites. We understand that the elites do not represent an entire ethnic group.

Next time they call Yoruba people betrayals, show them this post; next time they claim they own Lagos, next time they call us cowards, tell them, the only successful offensive ever undertaken by Biafra against Nigerian territory was led by a Yoruba man, Victor Banjo. Remind them also that cowards don’t build empires.

They should also be reminded that their enemy is not the man from the other tribe, but their own “elites”. They should learn to hold their leaders to account. On That Note- Let us forgive each other and move on!

Other nations are developing their countries, we are busy fighting each other in Nigeria.

Igbo or Hausa or Yoruba, we are all brothers and sisters.

When will tribalism stop in Nigeria?

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