Lagos, The Igbo And The Servants Of Truth, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode

”The claim that the Igbo helped to develop Lagos is hogwash. The major institutions of the south-west were developed by the diligence, hard-work, industry and sweat of the Yoruba people. This is a historical fact”- Femi Fani-Kayode

I posted these words on my Facebook wall as a fallout of the hot debate that was generated after the relocation from Lagos to Anambra of 19 Igbo destitute by the Lagos State Government. Immediately after the posting, all hell broke loose on my wall and all sorts of excitable and emotion-laden comments and assertions were made on the thread. I welcomed each and every one of those comments including those that accused me of being a tribalist and a Yoruba nationalist. That is the spirit of debate and we cannot all possibly agree on everything. Needless to say I stand by every word that I wrote in the post and those that do not share my view are free to hold their own opinion. My assertion is based on history and knowledge and not emotion. The facts are clear and the records speak for themselves. I will go no further than that because it is about time that Nigerians from the younger generation learnt to do their own research and to study their own history. I will not allow the mob mentality or the wild emotions of others to becloud my thinking or to intimidate me into distorting the truth.

The Igbo had little to do with the extraordinary development of Lagos between 1880 right up until today. That is a fact. Other than Ajegunle, Computer Town, Alaba and buying up numerous market stalls in Isale Eko, where is their input? Meanwhile the Yoruba of the old Western Region and Lagos were very gracious to them and not only allowed them to return after the civil war to claim their properties and jobs but also welcomed them with open arms and allowed them to flourish in our land. This is something that they have never done for our people in the east. Such gestures of love and fraternity were never reciprocated. Now some of them have the effrontery to call Lagos, which is our land and the land of our forefathers (I am half Lagosian), ”no-man’s land” and others have the nerve to assert that up to 50 per cent of the development in Lagos came as a consequence of the input of the Igbo. This is utter rubbish.

Those that do not know any better ought to go and learn rather than vent their hostilities and ignorance against me here or on my Facebook wall. I am not a tribalist but a great believer in Nigeria and more importantly, I am a historian and a student of history. I will not distort the facts of history just to keep some people happy. The history of the Yoruba, and of Lagos particularly, is very well known to me.  And the fact that Lagosians and the Yoruba people generally are so generous and accommodating in their ways and to non-indigenes that settle in their territory should not be mistaken for ignorance, stupidity or weakness. We know our history, we know who we are, we know who and what developed our land and made it into what it is and we urge those that yearn to be like us to go and emulate our efforts and attitude to non-indigenes and hard work in their own states of origin.

I have nothing against my fellow Nigerians from other parts of the country and I have proved over and over again that I love Nigeria and that I am a Nigerian before anything else. However if, in the twisted imagination of some, speaking the truth about the history and development of Lagos and the Western Region makes me a tribalist, then tribalist I am. Servants of truth do not fear such labels and are often hated and misunderstood. If I were worried about what others thought of me I would have stopped writing long ago. 

Meanwhile, permit me to recommend to all and sundry the following words of an insightful Nigerian by name Sina Fagbenro-Byron. He has had the courage to analyse the matter in a very honest, clear and forthright manner and he has spoken the truth. Let us hope that those that have no knowledge of that truth are humble enough to learn from it. He wrote-

”It has become a recent habit by a number of our young Igbo brethren to refer to Lagos as a ‘no-man’s land. The great Zik, Mbadiwe, Mbonu Ojike, Ajuluchukwu, Opara etc would never have made such statements as they knew better. It is not only unfair but in extremely bad taste apart from the fact that it is historically false. How can you call a land that has had over 400 years of traditional rulership and cultural definition as a no man’s land? It shows contempt for the indigenes, ingratitude of hospitality and a betrayal of ones host. The late Herbert Macauley( a Yoruba Lagosian) on his dying bed endorsed Zik as successor leader of the NCNC because of his nationalism, intellectual sagacity and it was endorsed by a group of Yoruba elders and not by any Igbo population who in any case were infinitesimal at the time. Chinua Achebe records in his book, and we can roughly confirm that there were not more than a few thousand Igbos in Lagos before the civil war. So after having been received, accommodated by their host, the  Yorubas, since the 1940s, a generation that is ignorant of history and careless of historical relationship refer to Lagos as no mans land, this attitude is the cause of the perennial Jos crisis amongst others. When the military stopped the teaching of history in schools in the 1980s, we knew that by allowing them, we courted confusion, but it was deliberate. Up till1968 , Mushin, Apapa, Ikeja, were all part of the Western Region.

The English treaty was with the Oba of Eko Ile,(Lagos). Lagos traditional families all are Yoruba and the founder of Eko was Ogunfunminire who migrated from Ife before the 16th century. Lagos traditional Obaship was confirmed on behalf of the Oduduwa dynasty. If we consider it unfair to call Igbo property ‘abandoned property’ after the civil war, why should they refer to another mans backyard as no man’s land. Lagos had been the commercial nerve centre of West Africa before Nigeria was created and this was attributable to the welcoming attitude of coastal Yorubas, which was first betrayed by the Portuguese who introduced slave trade, the Kiriji war and the 100-year Yoruba civil war of 1769-1869 also saw a huge population from the other Yoruba Hinterland moving to Lagos to procure salt, guns, seek out their freed slave brethren etc and these led to the growth of Lagos.

Since independence and after the civil war, other Nigerians have made Lagos a home for themselves , but none have been so unkind as to call Lagos a no man’s land. Igbos who say this and claim credit for the development of Lagos should remember that the first Industrial Estate in Nigeria was built by Awolowo in Ikeja as Premier of the West and the Western house on Broad street has significant historical importance. I would urge my Igbo brethren not to make true the words of Sardauna when he described the Igbos as having a tendency to come in as visitors and seek to claim ownership to the exclusion of indigenes. If Onitsha or Abakaliki is not no man’s land, why should Lagos be. Imagine how our Niger Delta brethren will feel if we refer to their space on God’s earth as no man’s Land?”

Fagbemi-Byron has hit the nail on the head and I wholeheartedly commend him for his courage. Frankly I could not have put it better myself. How I wish that more of those that are in the younger generation today would indulge in the type of research and scholarship that this man has obviously done. He, and those that value truth and knowledge like him, are the true Nigerians and thankfully I believe that there are many like him in every tribe and nationality in this great country. May God grant them the courage to speak out and cure the ignorant of their ignorance. God bless Nigeria.


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  • felixoti

    As much as Femi is not a darling of many people, he is right in rebuking Igbos who call Lagos no man’ s land. Yes, Aba and Onitsha can never be accepted by Igbos as no man’s land.

    Where he got things wrong, given his acclaimed historical knowledge, is to claim that Igbos did not contribute to the development of Lagos. If he is talking of pre-1940 Lagos, he might be right; however, if he includes the post-1940 Lagos, he may be lacking in economics 101, which I am sure he is not; he is only being selective with the truth.

    If Mr. Fani-kayode is denying the contribution of Igbo business in economic expansion and infrastructural development of Lagos, through business and individual taxes; through purchase and development of properties and paying the many taxes and fraudulent fees on the properties, then something is seriously wrong with him.

    To the Igbos who prefer to set up their businesses and spend their revenues and profit in other tribes, the likes of Femi and their skewed history and thinking, as the Yoruba leaders of tomorrow, will one day kick you out of Lagos empty-handed. They will continue to remind you that you are building your castle and businesses on borrowed land, it is up to you to think about relocation to your homeland.

    Femi Fani-kayode has been bold enough to say publicly what many of his peers think private, and I applaud him for that. It is up to Igbos who do generate the most business tax revenue for Lagos state- whether Femi admits it or not- to start getting the message before we experience another abandoned property problem.

    • Banji

      This is the problem. The problem is that of double standard. If as you said Igbos will never accept Aba and Onitsha as no man’s land, why do you want the Yorubas to accept any part of Yorubaland as no man’s land? If Igbos say that Aba and Onitsha are no man’s land, that is fine. But if the Hausa Fulani say Kano, Sokoto are not no man’s land it is wrong! If the Yorubas say Lagos is not no man’s land, it is wrong. If the Igbos hold their views both in private and public that Aba and Onitsha are not no man’s land why do you want to deny same to Yorubas or any national group in Nigeria about their land area? The South South tell us bluntly that it is “OUR OIL”, you do not grudge that, why do you want to deny that same thing to others? Some of the Igbos sometimes even join the OUR OIL clamour and the Yorubas do not grudge anyone about “THEIR OIL.” I am just shocked. Why do you want to spin it the way you have spinned it by saying” If Femi Fani-kayode has been bold enough to say publicly what many of his peers think private, and I applaud him for that”. I do not think anyone had ever left anyone in doubt both in private and in public about Nigerian boundaries. You do not need to applaud anyone for saying the obvious. Do I need to applaud you for saying both in private and in public that Aba, Onitsha, Enugu, Owerri are not no man’s land? Do I need to applaud the SOUTH SOUTH when they say “IT IS OUR OIL”? Do I need to applaud you felixoti when you correctly implied that IT IS OUR ABA, ONITSHA, OWERRI, OUR INVESTMENT ?Why do I need to applaud you when you are saying the obvious when I will never imagine that the Igbos will ever agree that Aba, Onitsha, Enugu, Owerri are no man’s land. For me your spin is basic double standard. I note it and I agree with you that whoever thinks Lagos is a no man’s land because he is making profit from Lagos thru his/her investment should not invest there. You even present investment which is purely economic and where profit is made as if it is grace and generousity. Mr. felixoti, investment is not generousity-it is about profit-period. An investment is NOT a help, it is self serving,it serves primarily whoever is investing, it is about profit. Whoever invests anywhere is making profit-and why is that a mystery again? Investment is not a Non Governmental Organization or charity, that is why you correctly imply that the Igbos should take their investment elsewhere. I agree absolutely with you because no one will allow anybody to re-define his own history right before him. If the Igbos will not allow it, simple modesty demands that they should at least concede that no one will allow it.

      • kingsley

        I agree with some of the points Felix raised in his write up as well as some of yours.Like Felix said,we will not accept ONITSHA,OWERRI<CALABAR.P-H,etc as no mans land neither is it right to label lagos a no mans land by anybody.But you must acknowledge the contributions of the Igbo's in the development of lagos from post 1940.What gov Fashola did and the subsequent write ups of people like Femi Fani-Kayode is a pointer to the fact that we are not compactible as one nation and anybody that thinks otherwise is deceiving himself.The likes of Fani-Kayode should start investing his energy in working out ways to breakup this union amicably just the way the former Soviet Union did in 1991.Today they still co-operate in several ways with the different countries that came out of the breakage.Fani-Kayode talked about abandoned properties after the civil war.Yes the Igbo's got some of their properties back because it belongs to them.Can you abandon your property in your own country?Next year will be 100yrs of the amalgamation.Every tribe or region have the right to decide if they still want to remain in the union or not and the conditions attach to it.This is what we should be talking about now and not who owns Lagos.Lagos is a Yoruba land.The Igbo man who's thinking is that he has found a home in Lagos where he can build mansions and Estates is the ones i pity must.He will wake up one day to fine that his investment has vanished.Nobody knows the plans of gov Fashola with the proposed family census planned for Lagos state.

  • Otitoju Adamolekun

    I come to this from this angle. I do not support the action of Lagos govt/Anambra govt and any other govt. But I am interested in some kind of duplicity I see all the time when issues like this come up. They came up when Achebe published his last book. When my friends from the East take a position X my friends from the east are not tribalistic . When my friends from the west take exactly same position X, my friends from the east say my friends from the west are tribalistic. here I am raising questions that border on simple logic. This makes the position of friends from the east very problematic.

    1. After the Lagos govt’s action, many of my friends from the east cried foul. They inputed “tribalism” to the Lagos state govt action. None of these friends followed the communication between Lagos and Anambra state govts. They never asked why at point Anambra state govt stopped responding to the Lagos state govt after the Lagos state govt gave Anambra the details of the persons involved. Even Anambra state govt cried foul.

    2. When it was revealed that earlier in 2011, Anambra state govt had done EXACTLY what the Lagos state govt had done, my friends from the east kept quiet. To be honest I do not know what to call this duplicity. And this exactly what happened during the controversy over Achebe’s book. Why is it the case that when our friends from the east take a position X it is “patriotic” but when others take the same position X , it is not patriotic, it is tribalistic? What explains this>?
    3. My friends from the east call Lagos “no man’s land”. Will they call Onitsha, Enugu, Owerri, “no man’s land”?

    4. Will my friends from the east dare call Calabar, Kano, Kaduna, Benin, Portharcourt :no man’s land”?
    Finally, why for God’s sake will the Igbos want to take the inclusive nature of Yorubas for granted? Why do Igbos demand what they do not give? I am going to be blunt here. The Igbos should stop the nonsense that Lagos is a “no man’s land”. I want to stop here.

  • Lanre

    Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. The Igbos are the least of our problems today. Even though I might not agree with the assertions of a few of them, it is time to see them for what they are. A bitter people. Bitter at the loss of Biafra and how (in their belief), Chief Awolowo (and by extension Yorubas) betrayed them. Chinua Achebe, an otherwise respected author, confirmed this before he left this earth.
    Now, my position is this. We Yorubas have greater problems within ourselves. I don’t care if the Igbo man calls Lagos his footstool. Let them contest for Governor of Lagos and let us see. The real problem lies with the traitors in our midst. The Frederick Fasheuns and others who claim that Abacha, Mustapha and the elements from the Military who killed MKO Abiola, his wife and many leading Yoruba figures are innocent. The problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Sani Yerima, the paedophile who belongs to a party that my own Governors in the South-West are part of; The Problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Major Mohammed, Military Assistant to I.B.Babangida, who claims that all the problems of Nigeria today is the Lagos/Ibadan/Yoruba axis; The problem is not the Igbo. The problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent leadership so he can look good; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest election ever held in Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of Government Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is Sungomu (StupidBitch)Abacha, who has the guts to open her filthy mouth to insult our own Wole Soyinka……Ko ni da fun ati irandinran e. If Abacha’s memory was wiped off Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid bastard would not have the guts to open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. I could go on. But I would stop here. I am frustrated, bitter and annoyed. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is like my Grandfather. He is a man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ, My Father, Chief Awolowo. That is the order of priority. But he made a mistake. The Igbos should have been given their freedom in 1966/67. Today we would have been partners. I detest the Nigeria of today and I pray everyday (as a Proud Yoruba man) for the day Yorubaland will enter into genuine partnership with the Land of the Igbos – Biafra.

    • Alertigbo

      You made me shade tears……but it will be okay…Africa will shine

      • kehinde Tominiyi

        alertigbo na “Lanre” na Mpitikwelu na mani_kay na afam na deri na akpos1 please answer these questions:
        1. Why did the Igbos condemn lagos state action in 2013 and have kept quiet on Anambra state govt of 2011? “lanre” na alertigbo na mpitikwelu-did Awolowo cause that horrible immorality and inconsistency? Oh Awolowo woke up from the dead and made the Igbo online writers become morally dishonest and inconsitent on this issue!-ha wonder no go end for naija!
        2. Why did the Igbo online writers call Lagos no man’s land and refuse to call Enugu, Owerri, Aba Onitsha no man’s land-? Oh Awolowo woke up to make the Igbos do that-ha -this Awo na God ooooo! “Lanre” na mpitikwelu na mani_kay pele o. laertigbo your “lanre” is mpitikwelu. Stop shedding useless tears. Face the moral duplicity of the Igbo online writers on this issue.

  • El

    This has shown Kayode’s nationalistic view, if such trivality can affect you like this. I wonder how many learned Igbos have called lagos a no mans land if not some of our traders in Alaba. Pls how was lagos b4 the civil war? So payment of tax does not aid development these days? Do u know how many yourubas are in Portharcourt and what contribution have they made to the economy if you are that industrious!!! I continue to say that Igbos should come bk cos there is land in the east for our industries and containers!!!! They will come to the east and buy what they need. Yes, yorubas are accommodative and are reaping its benefits.

    • kingsley

      I support you 100%. It is time the Igbo’s begin to have a rethink about the huge investment they are making outside Igbo land.

      • adetola

        Kingsley,
        I think the position of El, felixoti and your dear self is the best for you. It will help you to solve the problem of the Igbo “hubris” the Igbo writer Achebe talked about. Though Achebe put it as “hubris” it is a more destructive and crude psychological state. When you literally want to take over what is not yours, that is really not hubris. It is worse. It is crude. So to help yourself solve this bad ethics, you need to begin to invest in your own backyard. It is bad and poor ethics to wake up one day and declare the land of your hosts “no man’s land” The poor ethics is worse when you try to dodge the issue. You do it in the North, South South, you are doing it again in the west. When will you learn? That is the first thing. The second thing which is more important is the origin of this conversation which you want to dodge. And I will not allow you dodge it because it shows your moral crudity and dodging it worsen that moral crudity. That origin is the Lagos state/Anambra state issue. All of you online Igbo writers lampooned Lagos state. When it was revealed that Anambra state did the same thing first, all of you online Igbo writers have gone quiet on Anambra state. This is a horrible ethics. It is crude. This is the same horrible ethics you Igbo online writers have used to represent and distort Nigerian history. This is bad and poor ethics on your fellow citizens, you need to stop it. I am this blunt because the first few days the Lagos state action story broke, the Igbo online writers went all out to again malign the Yorubas. But when the Anambra story broke, it is shocking not just to see the muteness from the Igbo online writers, it is a shame that Anambra state govt will dare paint Lagos state govt bad when it-Anambra state govt did exactly the same thing earlier. So if you cannot deal with this your moral crudity, which you are being asked to deal with, please take your investment home. Taking your investment home is better for you than those who buy what you sell. Those who buy what you sell will obviously look elsewhere for the goods you sell, and you will look for new buyers of your goods-sikena. But I advise you to pay attention to ethics and fix this moral crudity Achebe wrongly called hubris.

        • george

          Baby Femi Fani Kayode,
          It is a pity at this century you are still talking about Ibo and Yoruba issues while other elites are talking about the unity of Africa.
          The Europeans are free in any European cities with its benefits without discrimination. there you are opening wide your dirty mouth talking about Ibos and your Yoruba land.
          Tell me one thing the Ibos has done to you. These are people who lost everything from the country which they have contributed immensely due to the
          wicked plot of the government instigated by your so call God father ‘Awolowo’.
          why are you greedy to have all these resources when you cannot finish it.
          Femi, your are not smart, that is Why you committed yourself foolishly in your report. you said that you are an advocate of one Nigeria yet you were calling a former capital of federal republic of Nigeria a Yoruba land.
          you said that Ibos were integrated in Lagos by the Yorubas and that is why they flourished. When people are flourished in a place they bring development.
          When people flourish, that shows that they are not parasites, rather they are rich and comfortable and what does that bring?, development.
          you integrated a people in Lagos when the same Yorubas instigated the adoption of a deadly rule that deprive Ibo people their thousands of years finance, properties and entire livelihood and left them with nothing, all in a bid to satisfy yourselves from your Natural inferiority complex and step up above unexpected.
          Femi you made me to understood that, a typical Yoruba man is a Yoruba boy.eg: dressing the same, opening their mouth wide in the public after a sentence, dancing the same way, having the same opinion , haters of a particular ethnic region etc. They still rely on frivolous lies inculcated inside their little brain by your wicked God father Awolowo. This is a new era, Believe in yourself and question your Grandfather’s lies regardless if he is Oba or what you may call it. It has been proved that Obafemi Awolowo is a Satan operative and suffering in hell fire.
          The Ibos always question their Mother, Father, even the colonial masters. That is why the indirect rule did not work in the east. The Ibos are the only tribe that adopt a system of leadership were everyone has the right to say, not only Oba or Obasanjo, that is democracy.
          Femi you might read history in the school which is a big deal to you regardless of the fact that the books you read were virtually written by another person, but you want to take glory for your dodgy Examination and fake degree. Idiot!

          • femi

            Other Africans are talking about the “unity” of Africa but the Igbos say Lagos is no man’s land yet they refuse to call Owerri, Enugu, Onitsha Aba no man’s land-oh that it the way to talk about Africa’s “unity”-this is dubious. Africans are talking about “unity” of Africa but the Igbos condemn Lagos state govt action and kept a morally disturbing quiet on the same action by an Igbo state Anambra state-eh? that is “unity”? why waste words. Finally Africans are talking unity but mpitkwelu na mani_kay na Mr. peter 2000 all Igbo online writers say FORWARD ON TO REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST IT IS OUR OIL. That is “unity” eh? george na mpitikwelu na mani_kay you can have that kind of dubious “unity” but answer these questions. UNITY must start with moral consistency. the Igbo online writers have not displayed that. And that showed thru their contributions even when Chinua Achebe published his lies in his last book. So over to you george na mpitikwelu na “lanre” na mani_kay na afam.

          • Olaitan Adeyeye

            Do you know your Igbo writer Chimamanda Adichie say when Chinua Achebe published his last book when he maligned history? Adichie said the Igbo adults and elders told them in private that Yorubas are their enemies. Okay ? That is in print. The Igbo writer cannot deny that. Now this is my point and question: you maintain your hopelessly immoral position and inconsistent on the Lagos/Anambra issue(where you condemn lagos state and keep quiet on Anambra ) because your view has to be true because of what your elders according to Adichie told you. You call Lagos no man’s land and you refuse to call Owerri, Aba, Enugu, Onitsha no man’s land, we point this immorality and unethical behavior to you, you refuse to see this ugliness in thought because your view has to be right because of what according to Adichie what your elders and adults tell you Igbo children in private about other people and national group. Finally, do not forget the genesis of the controversy-you called Lagos-a Yorubaland no man’s land, you refuse to call any Igboland no man’s land. You condemn Lagos state action(a Yoruba state) on the same issue Anambra state(an Igbo state) acted on-but you kept quiet on Anmabra state an Igbo state because you are Igbo because of what Adichie said your elders told you-it is immoral and unethical.

        • Ola

          Femi you are insunueting a war, you cannot succeed

          • Bode Ajeigbe

            Those who declare Lagos as “no man’s Land” and refuse to call Aba, Oweri, Abakaliki, Onitsha Enugu, Portharcourt, Kano, maiduguri no man’s land are insinuating a war. Those who condemn lagos state action and kept quiet on Anambra state action are insinuating a war. It is those who are morally crude that are insinuating a war. It is dishonest and it stinks morally and ethically to refuse to call Onitsha, Aba, Owerri, Enugu no man’s land and call Lagos no man’s land. if you do that as the Igbo online writers have done you have declared war. And we take note, ola na mpitkwelu, na felixoti, na El, na afam, na mani_kay

  • Yaya Aiyegbemi

    I know that given the nature of Nigerians we will once again miss the origin of this issue. The Igbos can abuse Femi on his facebook wall, that is fine. They are free to express their views and abuse him that is fine. We must not miss one thing. And let us identify that thru a simple question: why will someone wake one day and declare a place no man’s land? before people begin to refer to a fictional Jos crisis, I ask all Nigerian citizens to ask that question and pay attention to it. In engaging this NO ONE MUST RUN AWAY FROM THE FACTS AND ISSUES.

    1. The immediate origin(not remote) of this particular issue is the action of Lagos state govt. On the atcion of Lagos state govt, the Igbos went to town to insinuate ethnicity. Personally, I was shocked just like everyone. But the Igbo commentators on this issue never refer to any other state govt that did the same thing. In other words, just like the past it is again about the Yorubas!

    2. Shortly after, the information came out. Anambra state govt had done the same thing Lagos state govt did. In Mr. Obi’s-Anambra state governor – response to Lagos state he never informed that he had done a similar thing in 2011. The Igbo commentators never informed that an Igbo governor did the same thing in 2011. I do not know what to make of this about Nigerian history. It only reminds me of Nigeria’s history. I have heard how some of us talk about others as those who betray them. Those who say some people betray them betray people privately and publicly , but such act IS NEVER DESCRIBED AS BETRAYAL. With this duplicity, I hope the Igbo commentators will be more discerning when they talk about betrayal. Given this duplicity, who have betrayed history? In other words, why screen off what the anambra state govt had done in the past in 2011 and read ethnicity to what lagos state govt did in 2013?

    3. When Achebe published his book “There was a Country” he lambasted Nigeria’s national groups and their leaders. At no point did Achebe see himself as a Nigerian citizen. he was very clear that he was nothing but Igbo. The igbo commentators never said Achebe was a tribalist. When Achebe was rebutted by Nigerians, those who rebut him are tribalists in the eyes of the Igbo commentators. These are facts , they are not interpretations. I am just trying to ask: if Achebe then never saw himself as a Nigerian, and this was obvious, why not grant that? Why will you turn around and criticize those who fact for fact then rebut the rubbish in his book tribalists. So Achebe is not a tribalist but Femi is a tribalist. This does not make any sense. This is what bothers me intellectually each time issues like these come up. And we see this every time.
    4. There are some online commentators. They are mpitikwelu na Ugwu na Awusa, deri, afam, Mr. peter 2000, akpos1 , Es3, mani_kay. They do not disguise their ethnicity and sympathies. One of their slogans is FORWARD ON TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST-IT IS OUR OIL…” I do not know what is more sectional than this campaign. Personally, I do not grudge these commentators. I think they have a right to such campaign. But what baffles me is that I do not see that this kind of campaign is seen as being tribalist or sectional by the same commentators who take on femi!. This obviously sectional campaign is even hailed as a response to “marginalization”! Wonders will never end for naija! I look at the composition of the presidency and cabinet, I said to myself “eh marginalization…!” Okay, so no one says the campaigns of mpitikwelu, mani_kay, afam, deri, akpos1, ndidi, Es3, Mr. peter 2000 are tribalist, but femi is tribalist! Again, I do not know what to make of this.
    5. On this issue, there is tax, there is profit. This is an economic thing. You invest, you pay your tax, you make your profit. In that situation why will anyone claim that the space that provides such economic activity is a no man’s land?

    6. Commentators such as El claim that “learned Igbos” do not refer to Lagos as “no man’s land”. But how many “learned Igbos” have come out to openly ask the “unlearned Igbos” to stop the highly provocative, dubious and unhistorical claim that Lagos is a no man’s land? I do not know what to make of this if the “learned Igbos” have not told the “unlearned Igbos” not to distort history, and not to lie against history -both old and contemporary.
    7. The Yorubas have the experience of the civil wars behind them. Personally, I do not want anyone to wake up one day and tell me that my success is due to the fact that he was held back. Neither do I want anyone to keep telling me that someone betrayed him when no historical facts bear that out. This is sometimes carried into interpersonal relationships where humans offend one another, where one betrays the other-yet one is blamed the other is not, the one who is betrayed is even blamed. Why? When the one who betrays the other is aske d why? She says ‘oh what “they” did …” My question is: who are the “they”, but you have just betrayed this person, why dont you face that? is this person you have just betrayed “they”? So as Igbo commentators like El, felixoti and others have canvassed, to avoid all these nonsense, I agree that the Igbos should invest more in their own backyard if this is one way to begin to solve this problem. Other Nigerians will come to them to by whatever they sell in their backyard.

    8. I want to hear and read what felixoti and El think about the Anambra state governor who did exactly the same thing Lagos state did. I want them to tell Nigerian citizens their views on Anambra state govt’s response to Lagos state govt which hid the fact that Anambra state govt did exactly the same thing in 2011. What do the Igbo commentators take and think of Anambra state govt and the Igbo commentators who had said project Nigeria ended with lagos state govt action but have since refused to talk about when project Nigeria stopped when it was revealed that Anambra state govt had done the same thing. I guess my question is: why are the Igbo commentators keeping quiet about the Anambra state govt action? When did project Nigeria stop-?-with lagos state givt action in 2013 or with Anambra state govt action in 2011?
    I assure ALL Nigerian citizens of one thing about the Yorubas. We Yorubas have argued and defended Nigeria. Our defense of a united Nigeria is derived from a larger African goal. Please check the Yoruba land mass, you will see that economically we do not have anything to gain economically from a united nIgeria over and above a Nigeria that breaks, yet we still defend a united Nigeria. In other words, that defense of a united Nigeria is at our economic expense. We are also not deluded, we are modest enough to say that each nationality can and will stand alone. I think each nationality is strong enough to go it alone. Yorubas will never be hegemonists, we do not think that Nigeria will not make it without Yorubas. Of course Nigeria or whatever remains can and will make it without Yorubas. But I promise all Nigerian citizens one thing-there will never be a case of abandoned property in Yorubaland if Nigeria breaks. Our non-hegemonist way of life WILL NEVER ALLOW US TOUCH ANYONE’S PROPERTY. NON-YORUBA PROPERTY WILL BE PROTECTED UNTIL THEY ARE TAKEN AWAY BY THEIR OWNERS. So felixito and El are right, it is better for the Igbos to be investing in their backyard and other Nigerian citizens to be investing in their backyards too pending the time this whole thing is peacefully settled. before then please since no one either learned or unlearned will call Aba, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri, Kano, Abakaliki, Awka, Portharcourt, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Calabar no man’s land, no one should call Lagos or any part of Yorubaland no man’s land. Please respect and learn the civilised ethos of inclusion. That is the way of the modern world, that is what the world needs. Since we are net exporter of religions, such ethos of inclusion is even supported spiritually-a word is sufficient for the wise. Read , think and learn.

  • Ally

    I am not a fan of fany boy! But this piece is absolutely the truth. Keep it up bro!
    Eyin agba ile Yoruba , e jowo e ma ta wa is oko eru omo ibo ati hausa o! Ebe labe yin.

    Ikilo ree o fun gbogbo omo ile karo ojire, ki enikeni mase gba ibo laye mo o! ki ara ile ki o gbo , ki won si so fun ti oko.
    Awon omo ibo yi ti ri wa fin ju. Se won le se eyi si hausa?

  • Lanre

    Let me try this again:

    Chief
    Femi Fani-Kayode. The Igbos are the least of our problems today. Even though I
    might not agree with the assertions of a few of them, it is time to see them
    for what they are. A bitter people. Bitter at the loss of Biafra and how (in
    their belief), Chief Awolowo (and by extension Yorubas) betrayed them. Chinua
    Achebe, an otherwise respected author, confirmed this before he left this
    earth.

    Now,
    my position is this. We Yorubas have greater problems within ourselves. I don’t
    care if the Igbo man calls Lagos his footstool. Let them contest for Governor
    of Lagos and let us see. The real problem lies with the traitors in our midst.
    The Frederick Fasheuns and others who claim that Abacha, Mustapha and the
    elements from the Military who killed MKO Abiola, his wife and many leading
    Yoruba figures are innocent. The problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Sani
    Yerima, the paedophile who belongs to a party that my own Governors in the
    South-West are part of; The Problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Major Mohammed,
    Military Assistant to I.B.Babangida, who claims that all the problems of
    Nigeria today is the Lagos/Ibadan/Yoruba axis; The problem is not the Igbo. The
    problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent
    leadership so he can look good; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is
    I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest election ever held in
    Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of Government
    Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is Sungomu (StupidBitch)Abacha,
    who has the guts to open her filthy mouth to insult our own Wole
    Soyinka……Ko ni da fun ati irandinran e. If Abacha’s memory was wiped off
    Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid bastard would not have the guts to
    open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. I could go on. But I
    would stop here. I am frustrated. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is like my
    Grandfather. He is a man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord Almighty, Jesus
    Christ, My Father, Chief Awolowo. That is the order of priority. But he made a
    mistake. The Igbos should have been given their freedom in 1966/67. Today we
    would have been partners. I detest the Nigeria of today and I pray everyday (as
    a Proud Yoruba man) for the day Yorubaland will enter into genuine partnership
    with the Land of the Igbos – Biafra.

  • Alertigbo

    Fani the comgolerates in lagos is not what makes lagos or any economy..its making the goods readily available to the end user…and its onnly by trading as una use to call the igbo that they are into buying and selling..and that is where the spirit of enterprenship lies…you can ask why there have middle man in the distribution of trade ….you will swallow your saliva when if evetually this country part ways…then you will understand that Igbos are the engine that runs the economy and of Lagos there by exchanging goods for money….you altercation shows why when you are minister of avaition you can’t do anything but to embezel money….and for your hatered for Igbos you couldn’t declare Enugu International Airport…we have know knowledge of the past which you have contributed nothing to

    • Bankole Babawale

      alertigbo please respond to the facts in this conversation.

      1. Lagos state govt took a decision in 2013-The Igbo online writers spinned it as ethnic.

      2. It was revealed that Mr. Peter Obi, the governor of Anambra state took EXACTLY the same decision in 2011. The Igbo online writers who cried foul and tribal in the case of lagos state govt have kept a STRANGE SILENCE. Examples of these Igbo online writers who shouted “tribal” against Lagos state govt and who have kept quiet in the case of Anambra state govt are mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_na_Awusa, mario and afam.

      3. You are right that Igbos are traders, merchants etc. But we do not know the psychological thing that always disposes you to want to distort the history of your hosts. You did this in the North, you did this in the South South. You are doing it again in the west that welcomes every Nigerian citizen. So that you do not distort history, and solve this unbriddled psychological problem in you it is better we(you and I) listen to your fellow Igbo online writers-felixoti and El and begin to invest in your own backyard. Please save yourself of this bad psychology and begin to invest only in your own backyard. if the west needs to buy things they may try neighboring countries-Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic. And if we do not see those things to buy there, then we will see how we can buy from you-in Aba, Onitsha, Owerri etc. That will bring some respect and courtesy to all parties. You always brag that if you remove your trading an economy will collapse. You delude yourself all the time, I do not know what is responsible for this. Basic and elementary “O level” economics and GCE West African school certificate(WASC) economics teach us that economy is based on manufacturing. Buying and selling are important and crucial. But you cannot have buying and selling without manufacturing. So one precedes the other. Actually selling and trading are parasitic on manufacturing-this explains why no economy collapses when selling/trading level reduce. Tax may be lost temporarily, but the economy bounces back easily when the engine of manufacturing continues. Unfortunately for you and the Igbo online writers, the Igbos are more into trading. When one trader leaves you replace him with another trader-period. What threatens an economy is MANUFACTURING. GLOBALLY, THIS IS WHY AMERICAN ECONOMY IS UNDER PROBLEM AND SERIOUS THREAT BECAUSE GLOBAL MANUFACTURING IS SHIFTING TO CHINA. I hope this simple economics helps. So no one is denying trading-at least it brings in goods to buy and you pay tax. These are very very crucial but you must have manufacturing before you can have selling and trading. And finally, get this before I leave you to digest this. You sell people buy. If you do not have buyers, traders and trading are under threat. So you as traders must live on the buyers too. If we put aside peaceful Lagos and the west as space for consumers/buyers, and use violent areas as examples.I hope you will not misunderstand this. Traders refuse to leave violent areas inspite of the casualties they suffer during incidents of violence because of the benefit of the consumers that buy what traders sell. So you are important as traders, but again it is only your psychological problem you need to solve that will make you “forget” that:

      1. Manufacturing precedes trading and that the west has manufacturing and will replace the traders very easily when traders leave when they decide to leave like your fellow Igbo online writer felixoti and El correctly said.

      2. That traders cannot do without buyers.”Ṣe o GBỌ alertiGBO”-meaning “did you hear alertiGBO”. I first first gave a Yoruba language sentence to pun your name alertigbo- GBỌ is a yoruba word for “hear”. I am doing all these so that you do not go to town again and say you are being abused. Put on your sense of humor and listen to the truth. And please ask whoever speaks Yoruba to tell you the meaning. So put on your sense of humor and be more realistic with your claims.
      Thank you.
      Hope these pieces of O Level /GCE economics help.

  • Timothy

    In the past I used to see the discussion of ethnic politics as below
    and beneath me. I no longer. Nigeria is not ripe for the civilised
    discourse where ethnicity does not matter. When you keep quiet out of a
    sense of civility and inclusion people actually think that their tribal
    tantrums are correct. So to be honest, to me I do not see anything wrong
    in the Igbos promoting their interests. What I object to is what some
    other commentators have pointed to. And that point is that: when the
    Igbos promote their interests it is not tribalism. As a Nigerian citizen of
    Yoruba cultural extraction that barefaced lie shocked me completely. It
    must be some delusion that would make people think that way. By
    delusion, I mean it is obvious that you promote your ethnic interests,
    yet you go ahead to deny it. That is a serious moral problem. It will be
    significant to place such barefaced lie within the context of how the
    Igbos online writers went to town with the action of the Lagos state govt and
    deliberately mangled and read ethnicity to it and have kept quiet on the
    same action of the Anambra state govt. When we write we are presumably
    supposed to write and say the truth. When we read ethnicity to the
    action of one entity because it is not us, and we keep quiet on the
    same earlier action by another entity because it us, it is not good. It
    makes it difficult to believe narratives of Nigerian history from that
    source. Now take this: Now place these two events and
    others side by side the comments of one Igbo commentator
    mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_na Awusa and mani_kay. When the news
    about the Lagos state govt action came out, mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_na
    ManiKay mischievously read ethnicity into it. But when the news that
    Anambra state govt did the same thing in 2013, mpitikwelu na mani_kay
    developed amnesia. he dozed off. Then one afam replied and said the news
    that Mr. Peter Obi, Anambra state govt did exactly the same thing in
    2011 was false. This fellow called afam was reading this same news from
    the 2011 source the Anambra state govt action was reported from yet
    afam said it was false. Anambra state govt has not denied it yet afam an
    Igbo commentator said it was false.
    So based on all these
    how can I believe anything this source -writers, young, old,
    commentators etc write or say about Nigerian history? When the way you
    write history is blinded by ethnicity, you run into
    contradictions with truth. Igbo commentators and writers-young and old need to
    learn this. Since they legitimately demand ( their demand is legitimate for all humans deserve respect and courtesy)that they should be
    respected, they should learn how to respect others. They should also
    learn how others have been able to build an inclusive society and
    environment. Since many Nigerian citizens travel around the world.
    Nigerian citizens of Igbo extraction need to look at the American
    society which inspite of its race challenges is one of the most if not
    the most inclusive societies in the world. If the inclusive and welcoming nature of
    the western part of our country-Nigeria- is taken to be “weakness” then the
    American society must be a “weak” society. But is America “weak”? That
    is the question. The most important value in contemporary civilization
    is inclusiveness, hospitality and always welcoming.This is the way to grow society. This is the way to grow the economy. The western part of our country struggle to build this
    even at the expense of their own “native” peoples. The Igbos need to
    respect that. If you respect the inclusiveness in America and you do not
    see it as a weakness, please respect the inclusiveness in the western
    part of our country-Nigeria and do not see it as a weakness. This is why that part of our country has the least violence, terrorism, kidnapping (I am not saying it does not have its own share of this serial violence in our country, I am saying it seems to have the least compared to its teeming population) etc in Nigeria. This is the way to grow the economy. This is the cultural space provided that makes anyone to come and buy and sell in this space. Without such welcoming space in the first place no business man foreign or local can invest and be taxed. So let us note this and populate and spread this kind of inclusive ethos all over Nigeria. The welcoming and inclusive ethos of the Yorubas and other national groups are not weakeness. They are virtues we need in the 21st century modern world. These values and virtues demand multplication and reproduction in our country and continent. This is the way to grow society and the economy. mpitikwelu na_Ugwu_na Awusa alias mani_kay -hope you heard?

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Everyone knows Fani Kayode is sick.

  • Tol Anded

    After reading the comments posted here I have come to the conclusion that my Igbo brothers suffer from over zealousness. Inspite of what might have transpired before during and after the civil war I strongly believe that the Yorubas are and have remained our best friend. It is wrong for anybody, learned or not, to call another’s home a no man’s land. That is pushing the boundaries of gratitude. Again, the fact that Anambra State has done same in past and now turn around to lampooned Lagos State is laughable. Especially when it has been proven that they were made aware of the impending action which they ignored. Morever the heinous crime of under development in places like Abia should bring vextious outrage in every igbo man. Especially the absurd action of sacking others because they are not from Abia. Why do we now cry foul if Lagos State has decided to clean its house. Ndigbo should hold their leaders responsible for not providing the enabling environment which made our people to leave their homes to other parts of the country. And even refuse to leave in the face of systematic killings in the name of religion. Till date non of the igbo governors have deem it fit to address this issue or even rehabilitate the victims

    • $10747357

      Nice try – there is no genuine Igbo that can spew as much garbage as you have written here. You have freedom of speech but claiming what you are not is a complex.

      • Tol Anded

        You may scoff as much as you may like but you are not more ibo than I am. That I can asure you. Nevertheless, that should not stop us from following the path of truth no matter whose ox is gored.

        • $10747357

          Yes I am – I put my life on the line for Biafra when you were probably not born but if you were, would have formed an alliance with Ukpabi Asika. Nwafo Igbo can never support the garbage coming out of Kayode. I am from Ohafia. What about you – If the blood is in you it is half, based on that thing you posted. Who are you trying to fool? No true Igboman thinks;like that – ask around you. I love you anyway but cannot stand dishonesty.

          • James Crow

            The poster said the honest truth and you begin bashing his “Igboness.” Your thinking is archaic and unevolved.

            If you do not believe in holding your leaders accountable and that
            charity begins at home, you are part of the problem with Igboland.

            ONLY igbo can hold Igbo.

  • Lanre

    Premium Times. Is there any reason why my comments are not showing? Even if I used harsh words, is there no moderator? Or is someone afraid of a contrarian point of view?

  • Lanre

    I will try this again.Chief
    Femi Fani-Kayode. The Igbos are the least of our problems today. Even though I
    might not agree with the assertions of a few of them, it is time to see them
    for what they are. A bitter people. Bitter at the loss of Biafra and how (in
    their belief), Chief Awolowo (and by extension Yorubas) betrayed them. Chinua
    Achebe, an otherwise respected author, confirmed this before he left this
    earth.

    Now,
    my position is this. We Yorubas have greater problems within ourselves. I don’t
    care if the Igbo man calls Lagos his footstool. Let them contest for Governor
    of Lagos and let us see. The real problem lies with the traitors in our midst.
    The Frederick Fasheuns and others who claim that Abacha, Mustapha and the
    elements from the Military who killed MKO Abiola, his wife and many leading
    Yoruba figures are innocent. The problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Sani
    Yerima, the paedophile who belongs to a party that my own Governors in the
    South-West are part of; The Problem is not the Igbo. The problem is Major Mohammed,
    Military Assistant to I.B.Babangida, who claims that all the problems of
    Nigeria today is the Lagos/Ibadan/Yoruba axis; The problem is not the Igbo. (Part 1).

    • segun

      Lanre, Please respond to the following:

      1. Many Igbo online writers cried foul against Lagos state govt. They are mpitikwelu, mani_kay afam . This is 2013.

      2. The report came that Anambra state govt did EXACTLY the same thing in 2011. these same Igbo online writers KEPT MUM. My question to you Lanre is WHY? If no explanation is given then this dishonesty of the highest order and it will be difficult for me to believe any narrative of Nigerian history from past to present from these Igbo online writers.

      3. The Igbos claim Lagos is “no man’s land” . Will they agree that Aba, Owerri, Onitsha, Enugu are “no man’s land? Please answer Mr. “lanre”. Can the Igbos dare say Kano, Kaduna, maiduguri, Portharcourt are no man’s land? Please answer “Lanre omo Yoruba” na Fasehun na mpitikwelu na Mani _kay.

      4. You will remember when Chinua Achebe published his rubbish called There was a country” and he abused all leaders of Nigerian national groups(except the Igbo leaders) Adichie the Igbo writer said one thing: she said Igbo adults tell their children in private that the Yorubas are their enemies. If adults LIE so blatantly to their children and Adichie had the moral audacity to say that in public you will get the moral duplicity, and dishonesty you get from the online Igbo writers that we are getting. But that is not all. Mr. Felixoti an Igbo online writer commented on this and spinned Femi thus “Femi Fani-kayode has been bold enough to say publicly what many of his peers think private,” I am sure Adichie was bold enough to tell us publicly what Igbo adults tell their children privately about Yorubas. I did not read any Igbo online writer who was critical of Adichie when she said the Igbo adults tell their children privately that Yorubas are their enemies! You can see the moral duplicity of these Igbo online writers. What the Igbo adults tell their children privately have made these writers maintain a horrible moral crudity on these issues and they do not want to agree. It is horrible for anyone to condemn Lagos state govt and keep quiet about Anambra state govt. It is morally dishonest and it stinks for anyone to reject calling Owerri, Onitsha, Aba, Abakaliki, Enugu Awka “no man’s land” and you will gleefully call Lagos “no man’s land” I know the use of name “lanre” to carry ridiculous post, but please answer these questions and we take things up from there.

  • Lanre

    (Part 2) – The
    problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent
    leadership so he can look good; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is
    I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest election ever held in
    Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of Government
    Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is Sungomu (StupidBitch)Abacha,
    who has the guts to open her filthy mouth to insult our own Wole
    Soyinka……Ko ni da fun ati irandinran e. If Abacha’s memory was wiped off
    Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid bastard would not have the guts to
    open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. I could go on. But I
    would stop here. I am frustrated. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is like my
    Grandfather. He is a man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord Almighty, Jesus
    Christ, My Father, Chief Awolowo. That is the order of priority. But he made a
    mistake. The Igbos should have been given their freedom in 1966/67. Today we
    would have been partners. I detest the Nigeria of today and I pray everyday (as
    a Proud Yoruba man) for the day Yorubaland will enter into genuine partnership
    with the Land of the Igbos – Biafra.

  • Lanre

    Part 2 of my comment – The
    problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent
    leadership so he can look good; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is
    I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest election ever held in
    Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of Government
    Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is Sungomu (StupidBitch)Abacha,
    who has the guts to open her filthy mouth to insult our own Wole
    Soyinka……Ko ni da fun ati irandinran e. If Abacha’s memory was wiped off
    Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid bastard would not have the guts to
    open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. I could go on. But I
    would stop here. I am frustrated. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is like my
    Grandfather. He is a man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord Almighty, Jesus
    Christ, My Father, Chief Awolowo. That is the order of priority. But he made a
    mistake. The Igbos should have been given their freedom in 1966/67. Today we
    would have been partners. I detest the Nigeria of today and I pray everyday (as
    a Proud Yoruba man) for the day Yorubaland will enter into genuine partnership
    with the Land of the Igbos – Biafra.

  • Lanre

    The problem in Nigeria is
    Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent leadership so he can look good;
    The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is I.B.Babangida who annulled an
    election, the freest election ever held in Nigeria. Today his son has been
    appointed to a board a of Government Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo;
    The problem is Sungomu (StupidBitch)Abacha, who has the guts to open her filthy
    mouth to insult our own Wole Soyinka……Ko ni da fun ati irandinran e. If
    Abacha’s memory was wiped off Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid bastard
    would not have the guts to open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten
    wealth.

    • Oluwaseyi Ojo

      “Lanre” we are talking about two things. And you need to address these two things. Lagos state took an action. The Igbo online writers read ethnicity into it because Lagos state is a Yoruba state. They attacked Lagos state. It was revealed that Anambra state govt had done the same thing the Igbo writers are attacking lagos state for. Since the news on Anambra state govt, the Igbo writers KEPT QUIET. Nit one has criticized the action of Anambra state govt. One called afam even said the news is not true! But Mr. Peter Obi Anambra state gov has not denied this. Second, some Igbo online commentators called Lagos state “no man’s land”. This is an issue of identity and this is a universal issue-please check the Palestinian question and other raging International Identity questions. When you attack history so heinously as the Igbo online writers who maintain this position has done you are talking of war in another disguise. But the important thing is that: These Igbo writers that call Lagos state “no man’s land” have agreed that they will never allow owerri, Enugu, Aba, Onitsha to be called “no man’s land”. So please do NOT divert the issue by mentioning other issues which may be equally important. But FACE THESE ONES NOW AND LET US KNOW WETHER IT IS MORAL TO MAINTAIN THIS DUBIOUS MORAL DUPLICITY WHICH THE IGBO ONLINE WRITERS HAVE MAINTAINED.

  • Lanre

    The
    problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent
    leadership so he can look good; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is
    I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest election ever held in
    Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of Government
    Parastatal; The problem is not the Igbo; The problem is Sungomu Abacha (The Misanthropic daughter of the
    demented General), who has the guts to open her filthy mouth to insult our own
    Wole Soyinka…… If Abacha’s memory was wiped off Nigeria’s slate like
    Hitler’s one stupid bastard would not have the guts to open her mouth after
    enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. I could go on. But I would stop here. I am
    frustrated. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is like my Grandfather. He is a
    man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ, My Father,
    Chief Awolowo. That is the order of priority. But he made a mistake. The Igbos
    should have been given their freedom in 1966/67. Today we would have been
    partners. I detest the Nigeria of today and I pray everyday (as a Proud Yoruba
    man) for the day Yorubaland will enter into genuine partnership with the Land
    of the Igbos – Biafra.

    • Femi Adeboye

      Stop your rubbish “Lanre”. Answer this question, and it is very simple: why will the Igbos call Lagos “no man’s land” and will not call Owerri, Aba, Enugu, Abakaliki, Onitsha “no man’s land”? All your posts show one thing in basic critical thinking: STRAWMAN FALLACY. IN A STRAWMAN’S FALLACY YOU SEE THE ISSUE, YOU RUN AWAY DELIBERATELY BY RAISING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ISSUES. Some of us know why the name “Lanre” is used to do this. But since you went to school, at least a university, please confront this Strawman’s fallacy-face the issue: why will an Igbo man call lagos a Yoruba state “no man’s land and refuse to call Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, etc which are Igbo states “no man’s land? You can continue with your rantings all the time. But answer these questions for readers.

  • Lanre

    After trying repeatedly to convey my opinion on this matter to a logical conclusion with no luck, I am giving up. I hope Premium Times is not succumbing like everything Nigerian. That is why we are in the mess we are in today in Nigeria. The Igbos are the largest ethnic grouping in Lagos after Yorubas and they are the least of Yorubas problems. There are more urgent crises in Yorubaland. From Filthy, potty-mouthed Sungomu Abacha (Misanthropic daughter of the degenerate, demented General), to Ibrahim Babangida who masterminded the end of an illustrious Yoruba Son – M.K.O Abiola. The Native Indians also have their own history of America. Told from the reservations.I look forward to the day (as a Proud Yoruba man), I will enter into genuine partnership with the Igbos of the Land of Biafra.

  • $10747357

    It will now be fair to assume that the restoration of Biafra in the next 1-2 years will be received with joy in Yorubaland and the rest of Nigeria. We should all be patient with each other until the legal and political entity called Nigeria expires in 2014. All hands should be on deck to ensure that Frederick Lugard’s evil. is finally buried without a shot.

    • Dotun

      Yes I want Biafra now. This is the best solution, so that you leave Lagos. But I assure you that none of your property will be touched. We Yorubas do not do that. We will allow you take your property with you because you are replaceable as traders.- All traders are replaceable-it is about economics-period.

      • $10747357

        Thank you – you are a good and kind Yoruba man. for allowing them to carry their property with them. They are all traders – yes. Thank you again wise one.

        • Dotun

          I think you should begin to move. You may also want to take the advice of your fellow Igboman on this platform Felixoti and El that Igbo traders should stop investing outside Igboland. To me that is the best solution. It will help us avoid all these. So begin to itemise your property and STOP investing new ones outside Igboland. But please stop the nonsense you bandy around-the LIES your elders tell you. Meanwhile I note your comments above under the name “Lanre”- Note that “Lanre” is mpitikwelu na mani_kay_na afam -so do not delude yourself.

          • $10747357

            Dear sir – I have already agreed with you and I do not know what else you want from me. I do not have more than one identity in any forum so please do not ascribe any other identity to me unless you insist in which case – your issue o wise one. The only problem is that you are advising us not to invest new ones outside igboland. Your majesty, does your authority extend beyond the shores of Nigeria? Just asking because I am domiciled somewhere else. Thank you for reading wise one..

  • Lanre

    Final concluding part – Hopefully Premium Times will publish it:The problem is not the
    Igbo. The problem in Nigeria is Olusegun Obasanjo who foisted on us incompetent
    leadership so he can look good;If Abacha’s memory was
    wiped off Nigeria’s slate like Hitler’s one stupid retard would not have the
    guts to open her mouth after enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. The problem is not the
    Igbo; The problem is I.B.Babangida who annulled an election, the freest
    election ever held in Nigeria. Today his son has been appointed to a board a of
    Government ParastatalI could go on.
    But I would stop here. I am frustrated. Chief Awolowo made a mistake. He is
    like my Grandfather. He is a man I hold in the highest esteem. The Lord
    Almighty, Jesus Christ, My Father, Chief Awolowo. That is the order of
    priority. But he made a mistake. The Igbos should have been given their freedom
    in 1966/67.

    • Bunmi Asabi

      Look Mister answer these two questions: (i) why did the Igbo online writers condemn lagos state govt and did not condemn Anambra state govt on the same issue? (ii) Why did the Igbo online writers call lagos a “no man’s land” and will NEVER call Awka, Abakaliki, Enugu, Owerri, Onitsha, Enugu no man’s land? You can go on with all your diversions , they will not help if you do not answer the questions and face the specific issues that have caused this? If you run away from answering these questions then you have exposed yourself-period.

    • $10747357

      Awolowo made a mistake? I think the mistake should be corrected now except how do you bring back those Biafran children to life?.

      • taye

        “Lanre” na mpitikwelu na igboham na mani_kay na ndidi so “lagos is no man’ land” and Owerri is not, Onitsha is not, Enugu is not -abi? So Igbos condemn what Lagos state did in 2013 but embrace with animated love the same thing Anambra state govt did in 2011-abi “lanre” na mpitikwelu na igboham na mani_kay na ndidi na afam? Finally when last did the Igbo man call Kano, Maiduguri, sokoto no man’s land? Yourbas beware of your unnecessary kindness and welcoming spirit. But “lanre” alias igboham alias mpitikwelu alias mani_kay should please answer these questions.

    • demilade

      “lanre” alias mpitikwelu alias mani_kay alias afam how now? Good evening. How body? wetin una get to talk about today?

  • Oluwaseyi Akindahunsi

    We may be missing something in all these. I call what we are missing moral inconsistency. When someone is morally inconsistent I stop believing that person-period. I expected the Igbo online commentators who condemned Lagos state govt action to condemn Anambra state govt action on the issue of deportation, these commentators -Lanre, mpitikwelu, felixoti, El, afam mani_kay, ola, alertigbo, kingsley, etc did not condemn Anambra state govt action on deportation of Nigerians -a thing they condemn Lagos state govt for. Honestly I do not know what to take of that MORAL DUPLICITY AND EXTREME IMMORALITY IN COMMENTARY AND IN COMMENTING ON NIGERIAN ISSUES. Some Igbo online essayists say Lagos is a “no man’s land’ I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE IGBO THAT WILL DARE CALL KANO, MAIDUGURI, SOKOTO ETC NO MAN’S LAND. WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF SOMEONE SHOULD CALL KANO, MAIDUGURI OR ANY NORTHERN CITY NO MAN’S LAND. I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE IGBO THAT WILL AGREE THAT ENUGU, ABA, OWERRI, ONITSHA ETC ARE NO MAN’S LAND. THIS IS NOTHING BUT IMMORAL. Then I read an Igbo essayist who commented on the Lagos state govt action. First he condemned the Lagos state govt. HE DID NOT SAY A WORD ON THE ACTION OF THE ANAMBRA STATE GOVT. Then he said by their travels in Nigeria and because they are found all over Nigeria the Igbos embody “Nigerian spirit”. MY QUESTION IS: HOW CAN YOU EMBODY NIGERIAN SPIRIT IF YOU WILL NOT ALLOW OWERRI, ABA, ENUGU, AWKA, ONITSHA BE CALLED NO MAN’S LAND BUT YOU WILL CALL A LAND THAT BELONGS TO ANOTHER NATIONAL GROUP NO MAN’S LAND? I do not know what to take of that. If something embodies Nigerian spirit, that thing needs to be consistently Nigerian. It is tribal and un-nationalistic and self serving to call Lagos no man’s land and not call Aba, Owerri, Onitsha etc “no man’s land” It is tribal, self serving and un-nationalistic to condemn Lagos state govt action and to keep quiet on Anambra state govt action. How can such position embody “Nigerian spirit”? that must be a self serving “Nigerian” spirit. Finally, I recall Chinua Achebe’s last book – and i recall the commentaries of Igbo online commentators. Achebe had all negatives for all Nigerian leaders who are not Igbo, and had all positives for Nigerian leaders who are Igbo. People took different position on the book. I recall the Igbo writer, Chimamanda Adichie’s comment in defense of Achebe’s book. She said Igbo adults tell Igbo children in private that the Yorubas are their enemies. Being an Igbo writer I was not surprised at Adichie’s comments. But what surprised me was that I did not read that one Igbo online writer was critical or shocked at Adichie’s statement. It means they agree that Chimamanda Adichie said the truth, and made public about what the Igbos think in private about others. It shocked me morally but I felt life must go on. My Conclusion: If you condemn Lagos state govt, you ought to condemn Anambra state govt. If you call Lagos “no man’s land, you must be ready to call Owerri, Aba, Onitsha, Enugu no man’s land. if you do not do like the Igbos will resist that Aba, Owerri, Enugu, Onitsha are no man’s land then there is a serious moral problem. It is rude. It is called moral duplicity and Adichie’s statement about what igbo adults tell Igbo children in private explain that hopeless and horrible moral duplicity. In other words, whatever moral problems contained in the Igbo man and woman’s claim the Igbo man and woman and children must see the Yorubas as enemies as Adichie said their adults tell the children. This is what partly explains this moral duplicity, and this is why the Igbo online writers can LIVE OPENLY WITH AN OBVIOUS MORAL DUPLICITY. IN OTHER WORDS, REGARDLESS OF THE MORAL INCONSISTENCY, REGARDLESS OF THE MORAL PROBLEMS THEY ALL RUN INTO WITH THE POSITION THEY TAKE, SINCE THEIR ELDERS AND ADULTS TELL THEM IN PRIVATE THAT YORUBAS ARE THEIR ENEMIES AS CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE SAID THEN THEY MUST STICK TO THEIR MORAL DUPLICITY AND INCONSISTENCY NO MATTER WHAT JUST SO THAT WHAT THEIR ADULTS AND ELDERS SAY TO THEM IN PRIVATE IS “MADE TRUE” FOR THEM THE IGBOS AND THEIR CHILDREN. Nigerians must not miss the point. I will find it difficult to believe any narrative of Nigerian history from this source and framework. Thanks

  • Lanre

    @igboham:disqus. When I say, Chief Awolowo made a mistake, what I mean was he had a choice: either to serve in Gowon’s Government or not. If he did not serve, it would not have changed the perception the Yorubas have of him. Rather, it diminished the views Igbos have of him. The North, on the other hand does not care about Chief Awolowo. So in his bid to serve Nigeria, he helped to create a monstrous behemoth that is of no use to anyone but a few thieving elite. Get my point?

    • Kosoko

      “Lanre” na mpitikwelu na mani_kay na afam we don hear. Now tell us (i) Is Lagos “no man’s land” when Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi states are not called “no man’s land’? (ii) Is it correct to say Lagos state started “deportations” in 2013 when Anambra state “deported” in 2011? “Lanre” na mani_kay these are the questions. Forget all your usual rubbish about Awolowo, and answer these questions.

  • Lanre

    @the ajele,atenuje Yoruba impostors on this forum. The numerous rats that have been trying to gnaw at my cheese. Trying to make me respond to them. I could less be bothered you. You are the enemies of Yorubaland. The ones that need to be flushed out. The quislings, alatenuje, alabosi, akobata Yoruba. If you like say I am Ojukwu, it will not stop me from expressing myself as a Yorubaman who sees a rudderless people being led by selfish individuals. The Yorubas have never had it so bad all because we are part of Nigeria. Today, Fasheun can tell us that we are second class, second rate citizens in their Nigeria. Continue to lick spittle everywhere, not being able to stand up for anything. Yorubas will remain slaves, it only depends on who wish to be our master. Stupid Lot!

  • Okoro1

    This is sad to see so many supposedly educated people have delusions of grandeur and act so tribalistic. You are all being distracted and yet cannot see it. Some of you talk of having an ethnicity based nation without having a clue of what that will mean. Some people of Yoruba extraction are being absolutely child-like just like some of those who are from the Igbo ethnicity. Do you really ask yourself why this is all happening now? We have an elite who are under tremendous pressure as a result of the 2012 protests and they are doing what they have always done. They use ethnicity and regionalism to divide or unite society for their purpose of remaining in power. If you bring up the CIA prediction for 2015, you cannot believe that the CIA who was utterly inaccurate about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be that smart to make that prediction unless some element there have planned for it. You can tribalise yourselves all day long, but when you retreat back to your home states, you will see the realities of the general neglect in our society. Are you all this cowardly or gullible or both? Don’t drive yourselves into what can be the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the 21st century. None of you will win anything. God is judging you all.

  • Miss_Igbo

    At the risk of being ignored because I am a woman, and perhaps categorized and filed away because I am Igbo, let me ask a question:
    Why should it matter what some individuals say? If you know that spinach is green, even if somebody says that it is grey and wilted, will you cry and rage about it? No, you will continue to eat it.
    One thing hat I read here is that the Igbo people are bitter, or that adults tell the children that Yorubas are the enemy. Both of these are sometimes true and sometimes false – the problem here is that people take the actions of few and apply them to many. My own best friend is a Yoruba girl and this tribal politicism almost ruined our friendship in the tender secondary school years, and for what? I said “no, I will not lose my friend for this useless nonsense.” But perhaps being in America affected this.
    Lanre is a very good responder because he is proud of his culture but refuses to ignore wrong. So many people here are commenting repeatedly on trivial nonsense – when you look at the straits of Yorubas and Igbos, the ones better off on the whole are Yorubas. In the situation. they are the people of privilege: for a long time, Igbo people were slaughtered, their women raped, denied jobs, disgraced for who they are. Your own mother’s pot of soup, even if there is dirt in it, you will say it is the best. So of course Igbo commentators will not say say Onitsha is no man’s land – I’m not saying it is right to say Lagos is no man’s land, the islands are quite nice. However, don’t foolishly ask why people show preference to things they own because that is the nature. As people who have enjoyed privilege, just try to endure it.
    Again, I do not condone or agree with calling Lagos no man’s land – however, alluding to the spinach example once more, you are yelling over the colour while somebody is spoiling the rest of your meal. Is that smart?
    Let us try to work together and save our country instead, because the nonsense that is going on all the time is disgracing everyone. The outside world does not separate us until they want to defeat us, so let’s arise compatriots!