The Bitter Truth About The Bitter FFK, Lagos And The Igbos.


“The love of one’s country (in this case one’s state) is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?” – Pablo Casals.
Tribalism like racism is an abhorrent social ill which afflict many, who have refused to be cured. They, like the Nazis revel in their hatred and self-importance. And like Hitler, believe themselves to be the ultimate good for mankind (or should I say Ndigbo?).
FFK has egotistically and typically ordained himself the servant of truth. A title I find very intriguing. It is out of this intrigue that I ask, Sir: what is the truth? Your tribal arrogance and supremacist view of Nigeria as one in which the Yorubas are Royals? Your historical un-truths? Your utter derision of the Igbos as ”we must control everything” settlers? The fact that Lagos is the land of the Yorubas, who single-handedly globalized it, historically?
Okay. Here is the historical truth according to me – a self-acclaimed Queen of truth- and as your Liege Lady, I urge you to listen carefully.
Ndigbo are a proud, hardworking, successful, forgiving and generous people who thrive and flourish under any circumstance and/or any place in time, historically.
Ndigbo have millions of educated and skilled industrialists, doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, artistes, computer scientists, nurses- the list is endless. Even when The Honourable Awolowo committed “genocide” and starved thousands of Igbo civilians (hiding behind the age-old saying that “all is fair in war”) during the Biafran Civil War, we forgave all and still thrived, historically.
A war in which the Yorubas, by the way, were conspicuously absent, even though it was called a fight for the Nation and not a fight between the Hausa-Fulani and the Igbos, historically.
A war in which Ndigbo lost thousands of men, women and children, properties, valuables and dignity but still survived and flourished, because we forgave all, historically.
The Yorubas didn’t accept the Igbos back into their fold out of generosity, because stealing 10naira from a man and giving him 5kobo back isn’t generosity. The Yorubas sat back in their states (counting out the hundreds Awolowo sent off to study in Eliza’s place on scholarships) plotted and stole from the Igbos, historically. They robbed them of their jobs, businesses, properties and landed properties but you don’t see the Igbos lamenting about it because the Igbos are forgiving and indomitable, historically.
Now, the Yorubas might love to hate Ndigbo and the Igbos might love to hate the Yorubas, the fact remains that we are “one Nigeria”. Not because Dr. (Mrs) Dora Akunyili promoted that phrase but because we are a people united under one national identity – Nigeria.
And, unless, FFK subscribes to Anarchy – a state of chaos (which I would, of course, advise him against, lest he be dragged off to the Federal High Court for Treason), I prescribe that he stop his self-righteous, historically untrue, pro-tribalism and incessant bashing of the Igbos and the irrelevant squabble for Lagos state, and promote Nationalism as the “patriot” he claims to be. Because, from where I sit reading his impassioned posts and petty squabbles for the inglorious former national capital Lagos, he sounds like a petulant child who is fighting for his favourite barbie, and not the great man I used to see him as, historically.
In case, you guys don’t know or are too blinded by tribal hatred to see it, Lagos is a cosmopolitan city. Like Sydney, Australia and Saskatchewan, Canada (which once solely belonged to the Aboriginal people), Lagos, Nigeria has grown and evolved into a major city “owned” by all- indigenes and various settlers alike, historically.
Now, I am not so insensitive to assert that Lagos is a “no man’s land” because it is not. But Lagos is inhabited by thousands of people of various tribes and race – from the Igbos to the Hausas to the Niger-Deltans to the Indians to the Chinese, all of whom have in one way or the other contributed in making Lagos the cosmopolitan city that it is today, historically.
So sheath your claws and withdraw your fangs, we have a worthier cause to fight for – Nationalism – the building of a Nation-State that is sovereign, powerful and good.
Lagos is after al, a small part of this great Nation called Nigeria, albeit a globalized part.

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About Egoyibo Okoro

Beautiful. Friendly. Opinionated. Feminist. Scholarly. Apolitical. Christian. Sometimes, I write in Engli-Igbo and/or pidgin English. Just so you know, I am naturally disgruntled about a lot of things, most especially gender inequality, human rights abuses, racism and corruption. #EndChildMarriage. #EndTerrorism. #EndPoverty. #EndRacism. #EndImperialism. The Igbo say, "egbe bere, ugo bere, nke si ibe ya ebena nku kwa ya" - Live and let live!
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