Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Assembly impeaches deputy governor

Sunday Onyebuchi, troubled Enugu state deputy governor

The Enugu State House of Assembly has removed the state’s Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, from office.

The Assembly voted Tuesday morning to sack Mr. Onyebuchi from office.

Details of the impeachment session is still sketchy but the deputy governor’s removal is believed to have been masterminded by Governor Sullivan Chime.

The Assembly accused Mr. Onyebuchi  of operating a commercial poultry at his official residence and of disobeying Governor  Chime, charges that, under the law, do not qualify as impeachment offences.

The impeached deputy governor had told the impeachment panel set up by the state’s chief judge that Mr. Chime also operated a piggery at the Government House.

Giving evidence before the panel last Wednesday, Mr. Onyebuchi said the governor’s poultry was hurriedly evacuated shortly after the panel commenced sitting. 

Mr. Onyebuchi revealed that the state government had budgeted for the maintenance of the poultry since 2011.

The embattled deputy governor, who tendered the state’s budget between 2011 and 2014, said funds had always been provided for the poultry he operated.

He insisted that he did not commit any offence that should have warranted his impeachment and that the poultry farms he and the governor were operating were there before they assumed office in 2007.

Details later…

 


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  • Danladee

    Chei! And na only the Deputy Governor waka go!!!! But there’s God’o.

  • Wole

    Sometimes, it is better for some people to die with cancer than not to appreciate life given to him as a second chance. Sometimes too, I don’t blame Alao Akala for stabbing his principal in the back! Good turn deserves another, they say.

    An ingrate will not die well. He may escape from cancer, his moral deficit will kill him more quickly.

    Dear former deputy governor, no shaking. You cannot be stopped. You will rule one day.

  • Hameed adande

    MR ANTHONY IGU a member of the panel that received N15,000,000 to impeach the deputy governor. Like judas that received 30 pieces of silver blood money for the life of Jesus. May MR ANTHONY IGU and the rest of the panel, go the way of JUDAS. Amen!

  • adeyemo

    Of course the oba’s word will trouble you because you, like most Igbos choose to see things from only one side. My dear Amanda, can you please point out a town or city in the igbo states where non igbo have ever flourished the way they are doing else where? Tell us how many of your non igbo friends own property in your town or village??? In 2015 Nigeria, that is effing primitive!!! And trust me people know these things, they only choose to keep quite because they are not xenophobic and insecure like ya all.

    • Prince

      Adeyemo, there are so many yorubas that has houses and investments all over Igbos Land which i know personally in cities like: Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Owerri, Abakiliki, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Asaba etc. Do your research very well before commenting. #peace

      • Deep_things

        I like your point but are you claiming that Port Harcourt and Calabar are Igbo lands too???? Na wa o… please please..

        • Prince

          Rivers State and Cross Rivers State are Igbo/Biafran States created in 1967 by Gen. Yakubu Gowon from the former Easter Region led by Gen. Ojukwu. please do your research.

          • Proud Yoruba

            Still living in the past. Its like us saying that Edo and Delta are Yorubaland because they used to be part of the old Western state. Try going to Rivers or Cross Rivers and tell them they are iboland, Lets see how long you’ll live after that.

          • Swagger

            Why mention Calabar? What’s the relationship? You are somehow reinforcing the concerns many have about the Igbos. You know too well Calabar is not in any way related to Igbo beyond sharing boundaries(I’m not talking about Port Harcourt where you can stretch to the Ikweres), but here you are claiming Calabar! Why not Uyo or Ikot Ekpene or Eket? That line “…Cross River are Igbo…state” is offensive! Biafra was in the context of a nation/country. Does that translate to a single ethnic nationality too? Just like saying because we belong to Nigeria we are all Hausas? Can you for once think, friend…

      • delilpaul

        I beg your pardon, Port Harcourt is not Igboland! Igbos, being landlocked, always love the vagabond life style, so they gradually moved into PH over many decades, proliferated as parasites do and displaced the Ijaws, the Ogonis and other indigene nations they met there, who were hospitable to them, which they now are trying to do in Lagos also, so they could have three successive Igbo Lagos State governors as they have had in Rivers State. Never, by God’s Grace, in Yorubaland. The Battle of Ore must serve the Ibos as a strong warning.

        • Arabakpura

          You only discuss people who are superior to you but not the ones inferior to you, this is a settled fact of life!

          • Proud Yoruba

            Who is superior, ibo parasites? Think again.

            ibos are dirty, lying, stealing, lazy, parasites. #IGBOMUSTGO

            LOVE LAGOS,GET IGBOS OUT!

          • Arabakpura

            The more you talk, the more you confirm the assertion!

      • Yinka Bamgbelu

        Igbo land is the most homogenous part of Nigeria. Igbos are akin to metastatic carcinoma, but not always sinister; they are everywhere. In Texas, the are regularly culled with peace tool. There must be deliberate strategy to prevent them from stealing Lagos, which is the unspoken plan. The future generations of aborigine Lagosians whose ancestors had lived there before the British stole Lagos (Lagos Protectorate) will not be able to cope with Igbo breeding; they are world champion sex machines. Federal capital is no longer in Lagos, so the Federal capital argument is brainless nonsense. Read Ahmadu Bello’s statement about Igbos; it cost him his life. Accommodation, yes; domination is absolutely unacceptable. There must be deliberate strategy to deal with what is glaringly foreseeable. There must be accommodation of all drop dead gorgeous Igbo gals. All ugly gals and men too, and there are millions in Lagos, must be persuaded to go back home or pay residency tax.

    • Arabakpura

      If they are not flourishing elsewhere, it simply means they are not very hard working!

    • Emmanuel Clifford Peters

      adeyemo,reading from you one is able to understand that you are educated to some extent,and this is the reason why i find it all very disturbing that yorubas of your calibre and in the calibre of oba of lagos are still allowing sentiments to overshadow your judgement you may wonder how i come to this conclusion? the answer is but two quations for you (1)how many of your freinds or relations or better still nigerians of other tribe that you know wanted to establish a bussiness or to purchase a property or properties anywhere in igboland but was denied of there request because they were non igbos?(2)how many times have you heard that a yoruba indigen was attacked anywhere in igboland?or do you belive that igboland is of no interest to no yoruba person so therefore there is no cause for alarm because there is no yoruba living in igboland,for your imformation neighter you nur your oba can stop the igbos from living and feeling free in lagos state of nigeria as long as we still remain one nigeria just like your oba can,t apologize to the igbos so does the igbos not oweing no apology to no citizen of nigeria that did not like them,or belive that they igbos have a right as citizens to live according to there own culture,and there own ways of life provided they respect the rules of law and observe and respect the culture of the city they live in while contributing to the positive development of the area,igbos will stand up anyday any time any year that this already failed amalgamation is finally ready to become history, but untill then we are one nigeria and as such free to live freely in any part of nigeria of our choice applicable to you and every other yoruba person out there growup.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        My friend good time to you. I am only responding to your comment cos you expressed a good point which i have in mind. Please! Can you explain to me what my experience is like with what i am about to say. I am a student of LASU in my year 3. We were told to leave our previous apartment for renovation and we had to look for another place to stay. I employ the service of an Agent help me look for house around Iyana School which is mostly dominated by igbos. Majority of the Landlord there are igbos. The Agent got me a befitting place which i inspected myself and made my intention known that i like the place and i am ready to pay. I didnt mention earlier that i am a Yoruba person i hope you noted. I met the Janitor and arranged the payment. The Janitor was thinking because i was speaking english i must be an igbo man. I see lots of people who think i am an igbo man cos i have lots of igbo friends and also look like one. I made the transfer to the Janitor’s account on the spot only to come back for receipt. The Janitor had to call me for information to be written on the receipt. Telling her my name, she felt somehow and said she will call me back. She called back truly only to tell me that the landlord doesn’t want a Yoruba in her property. I was really sad to hear that giving the difficulties i went through before i could secure the place. Thank God things worked out because the landlord was unable to refund the money so i got lucky with the place. I am the only Yoruba man in that compound out of 15 tenants.
        The kind of hatered this people has shown me in my own land is something i could build upon to hate the igbo race but i thought otherwise that not all are the same. I said to myself that was is not the same Yorubas that you hate sold the land to you? If yorubas are not accomodative, would they have sold that same land to you? The same land you built upon to make money was not brought from the east but bought from yorubas like me that they are denying access to rentage. We yorubas i can say are being persecuted by the igbos most. Yorubas loved igbos but we are yet to see same from them. It is very important to recognise the fact that our coexistence is only good for the benefit of all. If anything should go wrong, igbos would be at the receiving end as we have nothing to lose. I could read from the discussion that igbos built Lagos. I guess that is something to laugh about. Lagos is a desert from some people’s mind. Igbos should get their acts right and don’t make us feel like they are ingrates. Most of the things we accept here, i am sure they can’t in their own part.

        • silvaokey

          you should also note that many yoruba landlords also prefere yoruba tenante,so many will tell you in a plain language that they dont want igbos in there house.i am a witness i have lived in lagos for more than 18years before i travelled outside.

        • Emmanuel Clifford Peters

          well i appreciate your approche and wish that some people in this forum will emmulate your concept,firstly iam sorry about your expirence with the so called igbo landlord and must confess that it is possible that you are saying the truth,and since you demand to know why i can tell you that it has got nothing to do with you being yoruba but being a student, the so called landlord is probarbly afraid if you can keep paying after the expiration of your deposited sum,since i dim you an honest civilized person i want to ask you this quation and i want an honest answer in return,you said in that property you were 15 tenants with you being the only yoruba and the rest igbos, my quation how was the other tenants relating to you as non igbo?please reply i feel sad when we only accuse each other of only hatred,me as a person i have more yoruba freinds than the igbos and we do things more than so many brothers in this world can dream of and that is for 17 years of our lives today.

      • Chisom

        Yorubas are back stabbers! How many of then have English names sef before you talk about other tribes! They are merely scared of the Ibos! Ibrahim too should stop sprouting Nonsence!
        No matter what you say, the Oba was not right with his speech simple and short!

        • Nick

          Please explain this backstabbing to me.Are you kin, married or in any form of pact. Do you have joint interests or joint agendas. Is your vision for the future intertwined or have you always been close. I hear this backstabbing crap all the time. The truth of the matter is that every ethnic group has its agenda and plays its cards according to the hand that they are dealt. Igbos played a bad hand in 2015 and should accept it and stop complaining. I am of mixed heritage and find all tribes in Nigeria to be ethnocentric. What I find irritating is the cry of one party crying greater foul than the other. I also find the civil war card to be getting old and inimical to progress. If Ndigbo feel marginalized, they should focus inwards. Strength comes from confidence and perseverance in the face of adversity and not from complaining. It is a sign of weakness and never respected.
          Those that raised up the issue of cultural assimilation have a point. One argues that those who emigrate to the west and then become terrorists because western lifestyle is against there religion should have stayed in their home countries or territories. You must adjust to the culture that you go to a certain extent. How is it different in Nigeria. We want to have our cake and eat. The average Nigerian is egotistical and rude, hence the insulting words and braggadocio evinced by everyone without due concern for anyone’s sensibilities.
          I do not understand the support Ndigbo had for Jonathan. If we are honest, he was weak, inconsiderate and allowed even more unbridled corruption than usual. He dodged responsibility for anyone and I do not think that anyone can honestly say he was the best president Nigeria has ever had. Nigeria in the last 2 weeks has witnessed something unparalleled. The ability to unseat an incumbent. The nation has found a new confidence. I do not know where it will end or if it will be sustained but what I do notice is that as usual we are on the wrong side of the divide. Why, because of ethnic sentiment.

    • All Trust

      Being so fixated on how Igbos are flourishing in ”other lands” is an indication of greed and jealousy, in my own opinion.

      • oladimeji

        The richest man in Africa is an hausa man and follow by yoruba man, what number is the richest igbo man in Nigeria on the chart? For me igbo’s are just too proud with the little success they ‘ve record doing their petty trades…..lagos is not no man’s land u guys need to get that into ur skull.

        • Proud Yoruba

          They want to be Deputy governor of Lagos state, who dash monkey banana?

    • nwajus jeffrey

      With bent psyches and bruised ego ,With much cargoes of opulence and unamused nostelgia .Igbos had done marvelously well in actualising the purpose of Amalgamation and Independence since Nigeria began .I guess i can contribute to the question recommended to our dear Amanda by Ibrahims and Adeyemos.Kudos first to Every Igbo man who had indulged in the process of One Nigeria and Nation building in Adventure to make Nigeria Our country.Reference to history ,You qoted barack obama,for been more AMERICAN than kenyan is a total American respect to civil rights of American constituents respecting the rights of all ethnicities which Nigerian constitution wears and grants right to all to vote whomever that is their choice to lead them,Igbos were only group of people who had gone across their ethnic boundaries, striving to win in the face of insurmantable ethnicity dicortomy of the people or group of people like you and your obas ,settled in the North ,west or centre,they were only group who has or had witnessed the slogan ABANDONED property in a country they thought to be theirs, in their strenght and courage they were able to resettle and have again and again contributed to the development of rural areas of the north, south ,west ,and east of the country .then for the oba maopicsm , which people like you who thinks they know will stand up to condemn .You want to know which of eastrn villages where other tribes had own land or property ,the answer is that you do not have courage ,if you need land in any part of the east contact land agents like the igbos do ,from the omo nile to the last man they go far building this nation even to your villages, it is because you are lazy and cowards, they are not scared of the oba threat that stand the right to vote whoever and could confront those threats lagos is in Nigeria and is run by the articles of federalism .how many of had courage in development of abuja thereof . it is out of cowardness you can not join .igbos are waiting to be sunk into canals and lagoons..i challange you and sundry .YOU HAVE NO COURAGE you waiting for igbo to answer adeyemo or adopt your culture when every nations adheres for ethnicity and cultural values for all and respect for free and indivitual beliefs,,wake up we are in new age ONE WORLD

    • shola

      Its not a place dat makes one to flourish but ones hardwork. Anybody hardworking person can be successfull in any were he finds himself but a lazy man wld remain unsuccessful even when all d riches lie under his bed.

  • ibrahim

    Disappointing write-up from chimamanda, clearly showing r bias. I have always been of the opinion that she is only good with fiction and not fact. Clearly she wrote this out of her imagination, it’s not borne-out of facts. She is dismissive of the fact that the easterners r not as accomodating to other tribes as other tribes r to the easterners. Its safe to say some easterners were born in lagos but how many of these easterners have taken lagos as truly their place of origin? How many easterners born in lagos have decided to bear names like femi, oluwatosin or yemi? You don’t claim citizenship of a place without truly becoming a citizen of that place. You can’t claim recognition of a place if you don’t recognize the people and culture of that place. The Igbos regardless the number of years they ve spent in lagos, they all still only identify themselves as Igbos. They don’t recognize the culture of the place or even try to identify with culture of the people and the place. The ability to speak the language of a place doesn’t fully integrate a person with the culture of the people and a place. If the Igbos want to be recognized as lagosian then they should be ready to fully identify with culture of the place and the people. They must do more than speak the language, they have to start identifying with the place and the people, they must start to call themselves yorubas, start to bear the yoruba names and start to imbibe the culture of the yorubas. The idea that lagos is a no man’s land is a big fallacy that must be dismissed. Chimamanda must recognize the fact that the Igbos must do away with tribal adoration and the excuse of civil war if they ever want to move forward. Barrack Obama is a classical example of how a person should fully integrate with a place and it’s people. His children don’t bear traditional Kenya names, he doesn’t pride himself as a Kenya neither does he identify with the Kenyan community in america. For us to ve a common sense of citizenship, we must be able to accommodate eachother; the Igbos must be ready to call onitsha a no man’s land and accommodate all tribes in their land as much as other have done towards them. The Igbos must recognize that fairness has no monolithic definition. Its not only applicable to the Igbos but to all tribes.

    • Ijeuwa

      You sound very PATHETIC! Obama is not a Kenyan name? Malia and Sasha and Michelle are not Obama?

      With tribalists like you, Nigeria is doomed!

      • ibrahim

        With tribal bigots like you we are finished. Can u just take a moment and read what you ve just written… so much name calling with no reasonable point. Is Obama a Kenyan name? Is malia nd sasha also Kenyan names? The point of all have said is that for Igbos to claim ownership and rights of a place they must also be willing to totally accepts the culture and the people of that place. You can’t claim to be a lagosian and still only identify urself as igbo. It must be holistic, that’s the only way to gain full acceptance. Easterners must learn that being a lagosian is not only for political reasons but for the true love of the land. Obama identifies himself first as an America before identifying himself as anything else. The Igbos should follow suit. U can’t identify urself as an igbo man first nd expect lagosian to accept you as a lagosian. This is not constitutional law but natural law.

        • Ijeuwa

          Obama’s full name is Barack Hussein Obama Jr. He bears his KENYAN father’s name. His daughters are Malia OBAMA and Sasha OBAMA; and wife is Michelle OBAMA. Neither Barack nor Hussein nor Obama is American. Get that? Yet he’s the president of the USA. You chose a silly example. Pastor Tunde Bakare didn’t have to change his name to Thomas Baker in order to claim his christian identity. Nigerians who become mayors or prominent citizens of other countries around the world don’t have to change their names, or even their accents. American Jews keep their names, so do Irish, Italian, German, Korean, Chinese, Indian, etc., etc., Americans. Once you hear the names you can tell that their families had a certain origin in a certain country…Your negative tribalism blinds you from seeing the reality before you.

          A man born to Igbo parents in Lagos who never went to Igboland and speaks Yoruba as well as any Yoruba, is a Lagosian, period. But to people like you, he also has to change his name. After that, he’d also have to change his manner of dressing, the kind of food he eats, etc, but even after he might have done all that, people like you will still look for one silly condition or the other to exclude him from whatever circle you believe you belong.

      • Danjuma

        Except that you can’t perceive your own ethnocentricity because you are in search of enemies. Silly.

        • Ijeuwa

          Yes, really SILLY. Your contribution is just a silly one because I really don’t know what you’re talking about. What topic are you on, please?

      • Julius Joel

        I think you have some problem with ego. This is because of your poor self-concept. Why must the Igbos always play the victim’s mentality and to sore up their ego result to fallacious claims. Survise to see ourselves first as Nigerians then which ever ethnic group they said you are born into. Igbos argument like the type of Achebe and Simamanda will always make Igbo continue to play second fiddle.

        • Ijeuwa

          Chimamanda is right that Oba Akiolu was speaking the minds of many. Guess what, Ndigbo are there and will always be wherever they want to be. Take it or leave it!

          • delilpaul

            Ijeuwa, oh, Igbos are yet to learn there lessons. The 2nd wave of their perishing is around the corner. If i were Igbo, I would build my houses @ home in the East, instead of developing other tribes’ land and building homes there. Please, try and learn from history, since a person who fails to learn from their own history makes same mistakes over and over again. For ibo’s history of battle loses and defeats, read my reply to “Prince” as above.

          • Arabakpura

            Even when they have overwhelmed your people in everything? You can only be used against yourselves!

    • Prince

      I totally disagree with you Ibrahim, why should an Igbo man bear your name? just because he or she is residing in your state ? and also accept your culture and traditions? That is impossible. Can you give your children an Igbo name? And don’t forget that there are so many yorubas residing in Igbo land too cities like: Onitsha, Enugu, Aba,Owerri, Abakiliki, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Asaba etc. This yorubas residing in this cities do not bear Igbo name, neither do their children bear Igbo names, 99% of them do not even speak Igbo Language neither do they imbibe the culture and tradition of Igbo Land. Some of them have houses in this cities which I know personally. You guys should just stop this racism and tribalistic comments, It won’t help Nigeria instead it will develop hatred and may also lead to violence. We all know how Lagos was in the early 70s to 1980s before the Igbos came in after the civil war. Lagos was a desert, Lagos had nothing then. Igbos made Lagos what it is today. The capital of Nigeria was first in Calabar and was later moved to Lagos by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who is an Igbo man. Igbos and Yorubas have been very close for long and should not be an enemy now just because of politics. Nigeria is for everybody and “Lagos remains for all” until Nigeria is divided.

      • D.A

        You must be living in cloud 9. Lagos in the 70’s and 80’s was already the commercial capital and growing at break neck speed. To call Lagos a dessert shows your ignorance. The lopsided movement to Lagos is because of its commercial success that has continued to result in large scale migration from other parts of the country. It was not a mega city then I accept, but it was by far the economic powerhouse of Nigeria then and still is today. If anything, now Lagos is struggling to cope with having 20 million people inhabit its small land mass!

        • ibrahim

          He must actually be in cloud 10. Why have the same igbo people not developed aba or onitsha into another lagos. These Igbos r not just proving themselves to be ignorant but also lame in their reasoning.

          • Prince

            Whether you like it or not Igbos have taking over Lagos and there is nothing yorubas can do about it.

          • delilpaul

            False Prince, read the history of Igbo battle defeats and loses and your underdeveloped brain will teach you fear. The Igbo wanted to capture Lagos as theirs in 1967/1968 and being driven from the North by the Hausas and Fulanis, Igbos ran south. Instead of going home to their God-forsaken villages in the East to worship pythons and do, Hail Mary, they marched in thousands towards Lagos to capture Lagos, kill Lagosians with artillery, machine guns and poisons, and annex Lagos to make greater Biafra. At ORE on the Lagos-Benin express, General M. Murtala blocked Igbos retreat from behind, the great Yoruba Colonel Benjamin Adekunle (The Black Scorpion) leading the great Yoruba and Bini 3rd Marine Commando destroyed all Ibo fortifications of Port Harcourt and moored the Igbo ragtag army till a village called Umuahia. Yes, Yoruba colonel and Yoruba commandos. The rest Yorubas, Binis, Hausa, Tivs, Badagry, Ebiras, and all other tribes in Lagos faced the Biafra army at ORE town, killed every Ibo soldier there, with none escapee, to tell you the story and destroyed all of that mechanised Biafra army. So every reader should warn the Nsigbo: take your hands off Yoruba Lagos. Annihilation of a tribe is not what is good to think.about. Ibos, you have been warned. OLODUMARE shall fight the Igbos over Lagos. IJA ORE – O LE KU.

          • shola

            hmmm so u are not jst tribalistict but also a fanatic. What concerns hailmary in ur statement?

          • Adewale Victor Olusanya

            STOP THIS TRIBAL REMARKS. LETS BUILD OUR COUNTRY- NIGERIA.

          • Emmanuel Clifford Peters

            a clear notice of where the whole thing is draging to kill igbos and confiscate there properties,because they are very bad people,after developing lagos the secound time with there hard earned money but fools like you will expirence something diffrent when the time comes,

      • Betterworld

        As much as I thought you had a good argument coming up this spolt it ‘We all know how Lagos was in the early 70s to 1980s before the Igbos came in after the civil war. Lagos was a desert, Lagos had nothing then. Igbos made Lagos what it is today. The capital of Nigeria was first in Calabar and was later moved to Lagos by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who is an Igbo man’ and this “Lagos remains for all”. Pls go and do your igbo land this favour o take your igbo favour away from Lagos

        • Proud Yoruba

          Why is it only Lagos that you are able to develop, if you did such a good job with Lagos, go and do it in your land now, dirty liar.

          Ibo parasites, go back home.

      • Olusola

        That exactly is the issue. How do you feel a yoruba man says they made Onitsha? It should be enough that you accommodated him and accepted him, but not trying to do you under. The thing most Yorubas dont know is Igbos are easy going people excluding the S/he-goats from Anambra (Old Anambra): Ojukwu, Chimamanda, Achebe, Mrs Peter Obi, entire Ubas including Ifeanyi Uba. Even Igbos generally hates them too and their loud mouths. Always beating their chest for nothing. Where were they in lagos today?

        • shola

          Jst go thru ur statement carefully u now refer a state to she-goats this is jst d hatered tree u re planting in dis 21st century we need to unite b4 we can be referred to a country

      • oladimeji

        Can igbo man go to kano and declared it no mans land?or can any yoruba man go to onitsha and call it no man’s land,how many state do u have other tribes in their cabinet except for lagos and that tribe is only igbo. I think igbo poeple has over stayed in lagos and that is also affecting their brains,lagos state give environment for business to thrive which their so called states can’t give.have stayed in the east and I can tell u no matter how long u stay with them u are never welcome they always see u are stranger,they always treat u like a piss of shit.when something happen they ganged up against u which is not the case in lagos, they need to be more careful to avoid problem. Lagos is not a no man’s land.

        • shola

          Even at sokoto they ve eze ndi igbo its almost in all d states in the country to recognise the non indigines in thiet city for effective communications to their people. Pls lets call a spade a spade nd stop painting word d oba threatened d igbo and dats d real fact all we shld be doing now is accepting it and restoring peace not making statement that can nurture hatered .

        • Ekene

          goes to show you that Yorubas are weak!

          • Proud Yoruba

            Never open your mouth to talk down about Yorubas, we feed you, you bloody ibo parasite.

      • delilpaul

        Don’t even wish it: division of Nigeria? Re-creation of Biafra so-called? Any time an Igbo open their mouth and speak of deciding Nigeria, I laugh, because in essence, it is a sign of frustration despite chances given them. My dear false Prince, how old are you? If Nigeria divides today, Igbos will perish: they are every where in a Nigeria so will easily identified for judgment, and return to the East they would not be able because if is undeveloped, filled with snakes and demons, there of course would no more be any Igboland: rest tribes of Nigeria would have converted it to NO MAN’S LAND, and Hausas, Fulanis, Yorubas, Manures and other aggrieved tribes would have shared your land, lived in your houses and generally married any little Ibo Girl left under 20.

      • PieceMeal

        You want to make it seem your inclusion of Calabar in list of Igbo land isn’t deliberate. Beyond the Biafra madness, kindly remind us when Calabar became an Igbo land. Will you quit spewing this nonsense my friend?

      • Alamu

        Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe could not have moved the capital because he never had the power or authority!

    • Arabakpura

      All I know is that if you always talk about somebody; it means the person is either your superior or you are afraid of him, or you want to be like him, or all of the above!

    • Daniel

      Is the Oba right or wrong? No need for the rimarole…

      • Proud Yoruba

        Oba is always right. ibo parasites must stop visiting him.

        • concerned citizen

          proud Yoruba, do you realise you’re sick. you should really seek medical help. the kind of hate that comes out from your mouth is not human. I which I could throw you into a KKK enclave for similar treatment. be careful of cancer, such mobid bitterness is known to cause the illness

  • Ijeuwa

    The same people who hate Ndigbo because they’re in Lagos are the same people that go around begging oyibo for all kinds of things. It’s not about Ndigbo being in Lagos, it’s about ethnic hatred. The same people will still hate Ndigbo if they find them in Ibadan, Enugu, Kaduna, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, etc. It’s about ethnic hatred, not about geographical location.

  • D.A

    The intriguing thing from this article is the vacuity of logic spewed by this lady. She attempts to say or justify the different standards to be applied between Lagos and other states of Nigeria. In her warped logic, the norm of Nigeria where indigenes are solely elected into office in those places are fine and should continue but in Lagos the indigenous people should be rendered homeland less because “Lagos was a former capital” and because some igbos have stayed in Lagos all their lives. All very silly. There are none indigene Nigerians in every state of the country living in states for many generations. In the East, there are Northerners that have been living there for many generations. This applies equally in every state of the country. If the indigenous people’s land have not been declared no man’s land then why Lagos. The entire igbo land was conquered by Nigerian forces in 1970. Igbo land is part of Nigeria by virtue of that conquest and not by agreement between tribal chiefs in the early 1900’s. Yet igbo land is not called no man’s land. Abuja (that was created and built from scratch) was never called no man’s land, so I see no logic to that statement or the farcical distinction this fictional writer is trying to draw here.

    • Daniel

      Lagos is simply unique! Read the history of Lagos.

    • Proud Yoruba

      Don’t mind them! They like to show their intolerance for Yorubas while living like parasite in our land.
      They run to iboland to register for census to increase their numbers for resource allocation, then run back to Lagos to register for elections so they can cause mischief.

      If something happens, God forbid, to Lagos tomorrow, they will be the first to run back to their villages and abandon Lagos. But as long as Yorubas are feeding them, they want to call Lagos their land.

      I have already told all my friends to boycott ibos, do not hire them, do not buy from them, do not rent them your houses, lets see how long they’ll last in Yoruba land.

      • ken

        The kind of hate that spews from your bossom can only be compared to that of nazy Germany against the Jews. You would be a very good exam case for fellowship candidates in psychiatry! Keep up the good work.

    • onyema22ohaka

      I am always intrigued by the vacuity that emanates from your warped and cracked up mind and write ups.Now that your father has won the this election all the positions will now go to the yorubas and hausa/ fulani according to your warped up desire as it is going to be business according quota system and aburo and egunje style.Then the oil money from south south and south east will continue to be used to finance this project nigeria.The stupidity of your self imposed ignorance is to think that Lagos was not built by oil money.
      This world class heroine has taken a befitting stand,counter it with facts,not with lies and half truths.Yesterday you were asking for the head of Dr Iweala-Okonjo,today you have turned to Adichie.Cure yourself of your self inflicted Igbophobia.The Igboman and woman have been there ,done it and got their badges,they don’t need prove themselves to you.

  • Sanmi Falae

    One would have thought Ms Chimamanda Adichie would expend her own emotion and great talent for writing fictionalised, ready-made stories that do not take original thought, imagination, and creativity to produce, to help move this matter forward by, for example, telling us what next or else to do: Apologies have been made; Igbos have taken the Oba to NHRC?

  • delilpaul

    My goodness, is this not the celebrated novel writer Chimamata Adichie? I’m shocked that she also is caught in this characteristic Igbo shallowness, narrow-mindedness and primordial and primitive tribal undertones. Miss, I Will suggest that you open your mind up and receive Grace to surge beyond your current achievements. Many of your readers are non-Igbos, but now, I for one would not near your books again! In Yoruba lane, the utterances of our Obasanjo are deeply proverbial. If you and your folks do not understand Yoruba speech forms, they better scramble back to their villages and leave Lagos and our Oba alone. Apologies from Oba? My arse!

    • Daniel

      Do not twist what the oba said please. He was not in anyway proverbial or kidding. He was simply blunt on his intentions…

      • delilpaul

        I see, since when have you learned to speak and understand the Yoruba tongue? He cautioned the Igbo chiefs, yes,but if you call that threatening, even better, means Nsigbo of Lagos got the message loud and clear. He is our king and your king, if you choose to live in his domain. Ilu EKO fun e l’onje, o nmu omi Eko, sugbon o nsh’ote Eko, OSHA EKO (Lagos Lagoon) ni yio gbe o mi. Means: You eat Lagos food, drink Lagos water, yet you plan treachery against Lagos, the LAGOS LAGOON WILL SWALLOW You. Amin, Ashè. As far as I’m concerned any Igbo living in our dear city of Lagos, who entertains evil in their hearts against our Oba and Yorubaland is accursed.

      • Proud Yoruba

        Don’t visit the Oba again. All this ibo parasites visiting the Oba must STOP.

    • shola

      @delilpaul u jst responded like an illiterate seems u disnt understand her article.u re busy talking abt primitive and igbo shallowness when is so glareing dat u don’t even understand a proverb wen u hear one. Hmm ur statements shows ur re extremly tribalistic

      • Proud Yoruba

        Delilpaul’s response did not respond like an illiterate because he can read and write. He was actually quite eloquent, unlike you Yoruba self-hater. If you love ibo parasites so much, please move with them to their village.

        • shola

          I am liberated from the shackles of shallow mindedness and I now think like a proper nigeria .I advice you do same for a better tomorrow

          • Proud Yoruba

            No, you are actually quite shackled by believing in ibo benevolence. Talk to adults in your family, so that they can educate about ibo treachery. If you can’t put your ethnicity first you are a self-hater. Keep deluding yourself that you are emancipated, sophisticated, transcended, etc. It is self-loathing pure and simple.

            Learn your illustrious history of Yoruba empire, Oranmiyan, Ooduduwa, etc to gain some self esteem.

          • Damson

            Is there so much hate among ourselves in this country based on ethnic divide or are we so blind to the truth? The Oba goofed; and it is simply unfortunate a royal father should be promoting the ambers of politics of bitterness; i am neither Yoruba nor Ibo but was born in Lagos some 50 yrs ago. I have never before now seen or heard of an Oba who will have his picture on the campaign posters of a politician as Oba Akiolu did. Lets call a spade a spade

          • dario

            What do you think that Yoruba has that can feed the nation? Apart from Lagos that was developed because of it been a capital of Nigeria then,how many city in Yoruba can you mention?

          • Proud Yoruba

            The entire SW States generate $136 billion yearly revenue for the FG, Number One in the Federation. The entire SE States generate $36 billion, and they have oil, WHO IS THE BOSS?

            Lagos, Oyo, and Ogun are in the top ten highest income states in Nigeria. Ondo and Osun are number 12 and 13 respectively.

            We don’t want you to start having dreams of invading the other SW states, go back to your land and develop it. Stop arguing with Yorubas, you’ll never win. By virtue of the fact that you are in our land, you’ll never win any argument with us.

            If you don’t develop your land, who will? Don’t wait for Yorubas to do it for you.

    • Damson

      Chimanda is entitled to her opinion just as you and I. Let her be but If you had actually watched the TV footage of the vituperations of Oba Akiolu, the vehemence of his delivery and the 3 different times he was invoking the wrath of God/Allah on Ibos who did not toe the line of his anointed Ambode, you will agree that this is something that calls for condemnation not defense, Nigeria has grown beyond politics of bitterness and that is why GEJ could be voted out and GMB voted in peacefully, let us all join hands in promoting politics without bitterness and discourage what the Oba is trying to do-we do not godfatherism in Lagos anymore

  • concerned

    The only thing all your comments have in common is that they show that none of you is a Nigerian. You still think and respond as Yoruba, Igbo or whatever else. it is sad and actually that is one of the problems with NIgeria. We have to make up our minds whether we want a loose confederation of ethnic nationalities, or become Nigerians. if the latter, let us think of ourselves as Nigerians first, and then our ethnic groups second. I do not blame the Igbos for their response. I am not Ibo myself, but as a true lover of democracy, I was appalled by the Oba’s comments. I have also noted people blaming Igbos for the PDP votes in Lagos and I find that very strange. Are there so many hundreds of thousands of Igbo voters in Lagos?
    We should stop being childish. Everyone has a right to vote who she/he wants.
    Chimamanda, what I disagree with about your article is comparing the pattern of votes in the Southeast to the North. In no Northern state did President Goodluck get less than 5% of votes. Even amongst the victims of Boko Haram. There were reasonable votes for the President in Sokoto (far North, seat of Caliphate), Jigawa, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Niger, Gombe. Even in the famous Kano State, he got about 10% of votes. So call a spade, a spade. The pattern of voting in the Southeast was extreme, but it IS THEIR RIGHT. THERE IS NO FORCE IN DEMOCRACRY. I am rather proud of Hausa people who despite their well advertised illiteracy, had a much more tolerant and balanced voting pattern.
    If you doubt, I can send you my Excel spreadsheet!

    • Hassan Lawal

      Please disregard her response,the Igbo in her will not allow her to say the truth.The writeup is enshrined in mischief and too defensive and bias for the Igbo tribe.It has further labeled and cheapened her as an Igbo heroin.Am disappointed!

      • Ekene

        even in your characterization of her as “Igbo heroin”, she’s still better than the best you can ever produce!

        • deedee

          I agree with some of the facts in this writeup but I am afraid to mention that not all what the writer wrote are correct and evidence – based.

          1. Lagos was not the first capital of Nigeria. Chimamanda please research well next time before writing. 
          2. Lokoja was the first capital of Nigeria after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914.[Wikipedia] The first Governor-General, Sir Frederick Lugard, governed the new nation of Nigeria from Lokoja.

          3. Calabar also served as the seat of Government after the amalgamation. It is thus effectively the second Nigerian capital city.

          4. The seat of government was moved from Calabar to Lagos in 1903 (Thisday report 2013 ).

          5. Abuja officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos.

          5. There is no place in the world without original inhabitants. There were indigenous Lagosians living in their land before it became a Nigeria capital. Therefore, it’s basically insulting calling Lagos “a no man’s land.” Just because Lagos was the former Nigeria capital doesn’t make her a no man’s land. Afterall, Calabar, Lokoja and Abuja all have indigenous and original residents prior to making them the Nigeria capital.

          6. Can you claim to be an indigenous Lagosian if you were born in Lagos, live all your life in Lagos? The answer is NO. 
          Because our constitution still recognises ‘the State of Origin ‘
          The Nigerian constitution regrettably does not provide adequate provision for pro-ethnicity laws and national integration. The issue of “state of origin” remains a policy that creates no sense of unity, community and common character. The state of origin policy simply means that regardless of a Nigerian citizen’s state of birth, that citizen cannot claim to be an indigene of that state but can only be an indigene of the ancestral place and state of his/her parents. Many Nigerians have lived in their state of birth or have relocated to other states in Nigeria for decades but they are still being treated as second-hand citizens and they have been refused indigeneship. (Roy 2013 ).

          7. Residing in Kano for example all your life doesn’t make you an indigenous Kano resident. It doesn’t matter if you speak Hausa. It doesn’t also matter if you have never been to your ancestral village. Threfore, living all your life in Lagos doesn’t make an indigenous Lagosian.

          8. Nigeria constitution has not replaced the place of origin with place of residence. In view of this not everyone can claim Lokoja, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja despite the fact that they were/are all Nigeria capital.

          9. Calling Lagos a no man’s land is synonymous with calling all Yoruba traditional rulers bastards in Yoruba tradition.

          Finally, to be able to sweep discrimination and tribalism out of Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be replaced with place of residence. That way, we see ourselves as one. God bless Nigeria. Peace!

  • Progress CT

    Though I am yet to read the essay, but whoever is not cool with what Eleko said can in Oshiobaba words GO AND DIE.

    Ladipo market will soon be developed into a a befitting shopping mall, many C of O will be revoked under eminent occupation and Alaba Market need to be properly re-built to meet the environmetal law

  • Jaja2015

    Chimamanda, once an international writer of repute, now an Igbo internet warrior. Madam, please answer this question, which region in Nigeria is the most intolerant of non-indigenes and migrants? Can a Hausa or Yoruba or Tiv or Igala hold any elective or appointive position in the civil service or government in Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu or Ebonyi? How many non-Igbos own large shops in any part of the South-East? Your hypocrisy, double-standards, siege-mentality and mischief is sickening.

    • Ekene

      Have you been to the south east before?

  • phee zee

    Nigerians will never change……All shes said is for nigerians to see other nigerians as nigerians…..not igbo hausa or yoruba. We are so blinded by tribal affiliations that we dont see the potential this country has if we stop. I really really wish there werent ethnic groups in nigeria, belonging to one or either ethnic group is nigerias main problem. Nigeria should be detribalized already. Maybe then, we can see people for who they are, not where they are from!!

    • deedee

      I agree with some of the facts in this writeup but I am afraid to mention that not all what the writer wrote are correct and evidence – based.

      1. Lagos was not the first capital of Nigeria. Chimamanda please research well next time before writing. 
      2. Lokoja was the first capital of Nigeria after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914.[Wikipedia] The first Governor-General, Sir Frederick Lugard, governed the new nation of Nigeria from Lokoja.

      3. Calabar also served as the seat of Government after the amalgamation. It is thus effectively the second Nigerian capital city.

      4. The seat of government was moved from Calabar to Lagos in 1903 (Thisday report 2013 ).

      5. Abuja officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos.

      5. There is no place in the world without original inhabitants. There were indigenous Lagosians living in their land before it became a Nigeria capital. Therefore, it’s basically insulting calling Lagos “a no man’s land.” Just because Lagos was the former Nigeria capital doesn’t make her a no man’s land. Afterall, Calabar, Lokoja and Abuja all have indigenous and original residents prior to making them the Nigeria capital.

      6. Can you claim to be an indigenous Lagosian if you were born in Lagos, live all your life in Lagos? The answer is NO. 
      Because our constitution still recognises ‘the State of Origin ‘
      The Nigerian constitution regrettably does not provide adequate provision for pro-ethnicity laws and national integration. The issue of “state of origin” remains a policy that creates no sense of unity, community and common character. The state of origin policy simply means that regardless of a Nigerian citizen’s state of birth, that citizen cannot claim to be an indigene of that state but can only be an indigene of the ancestral place and state of his/her parents. Many Nigerians have lived in their state of birth or have relocated to other states in Nigeria for decades but they are still being treated as second-hand citizens and they have been refused indigeneship. (Roy 2013 ).

      7. Residing in Kano for example all your life doesn’t make you an indigenous Kano resident. It doesn’t matter if you speak Hausa. It doesn’t also matter if you have never been to your ancestral village. Threfore, living all your life in Lagos doesn’t make an indigenous Lagosian.

      8. Nigeria constitution has not replaced the place of origin with place of residence. In view of this not everyone can claim Lokoja, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja despite the fact that they were/are all Nigeria capital.

      9. Calling Lagos a no man’s land is synonymous with calling all Yoruba traditional rulers bastards in Yoruba tradition.

      Finally, to be able to sweep discrimination and tribalism out of Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be replaced with place of residence. That way, we see ourselves as one. God bless Nigeria.

  • Proud Yoruba

    OMG! Just go back to your villages already. #IGBOMUSTGO

    Now we have this lesbian posing as a feminist coming to rebut our Oba, no respect, no good sense.

    How long will it take and how many ways must we express it to ibo parasites that we don’t want them in our land contributing nothing and mooching off hardworking Yorubas?

    Ibo parasites are to quick to claim victimization, meanwhile they have no second thought about selling us fake drugs, fake car parts, etc. If not selling, then scamming and thieving or kidnapping.

    Why not advise ibo parasites to move back to their land and go and develop it because we Yorubas will not develop your land for you while you sit your fat asses in our land eating off the fat.

    Recently, in South Africa, they are also fighting ibo parasites to get the hell out of their country.

    Please just go. Yorubas, embark on an economic embargo on ibo parasite: do not patronize them, do not hire them, do not rent your homes to them, till they leave our land.

    • Ekene

      Yorubas talk too much. Ibos shall vote for Agbaje in lagos, and then we’ll see the oba eat his words because Yorubas can never be abvout action. All talk!

      • Proud Yoruba

        Too late dumbo! Ambode has won in a landslide. Ibo parasites, make your way home to iboland or the lagoon.

        • Nwada

          Ekene did not say Agbaje must win, he said lgbos will vote for him. Unlike you guys the lgbo take a position they are convinced about and stick to it but for you , six months is too long to show your allies what your true intrest is and the drama will start we will be waiting. By the way you did not say what it is most of you do for a living as demanded by one you above. Without the lgbos you guys cannot manage. However ‘abandoned property ‘ will never happen again in Nigeria, before the lgbos abandon Lagos if it comes to that, be rest assured that there will be no ‘ Lagos ‘ anywhere in the map of Nigeria. Meanwhile advise your irresponsible monach to ‘CARRY CALABASH’ He is not worth being an lNEC ward BALE talkless an OBA

          • ttjijo

            I am yoruba and I want to ask you is it true igbos in d se don’t sell their lands to non intervenes

      • i-priest

        All talk, Yanmirin? You will soon see, that the Yorubas love and gentlemanly demeanour is not weakness but qualities of children of God, who is love, who you profess to worship on your Catholic Hail Marys, yet whose qualities and regenerated hearts you don’t have. All talk, Yanmirin? Say you said Yorubas are cowards, yet Yoruba Lt Col Benjamen Adekunle with his Yoruba and Bini warriors of the 3rd Marine Commando, captured the Igbo-stolen city of Port Harcourt. You should see how the Ogonis, the Ijaws and other minority tribes welcomed our great colonel, the tormentor of Biafra, black Scorpion, Ben Adekunle. He with his commando Yoruba boys, moored the Biafra ragtag army till a God-forsaken village called Umuahia. Adekunle told of how he met Ibos eating lizards, snakes, and even eating dead fellow Ibos! All talk? Ask your fathers how the Ibo army was vanquished at the Great Ore Battle in 1967, by the army of Yorubas at Ore on the Lagos-Benin expressway, when the satanic Ibo Biafra army was marching towards Yoruba city of Lagos to capture it for Greater Biafra. All talk? The Oba of Lagos has cursed Agbaje, your new Eze, and you all together. Wait in Lagos and reap God OLODUMARE ‘s retribution, for growing fat on our land and our toils and yet troubling us!

      • Jujubeans

        But why are Ndigbo voting for Agbaje? That is what I am really curious about. And Ndigbo who claim they will vote for him don’t articulate why. Why are YOU voting for Agbaje?

    • shola

      I am also a proud yoruba lady a lagosian for that matter but I disagree with you,if yorubas decide to rent their houses to only yorubas then they would die of starvation. Come to think of it what exactly do you do for a living this question is left for you and your conscience to answer it. Lets stop beating the drum of war instead sing the song of peace. #teamonenigeria

      • Proud Yoruba

        Nobody said Yorubas should only rent to Yorubas. Just NOT to ibo parasite. Yorubas will never die of starvation, particularly once you get ibo parasites off our land. We have enough resources to feed the entire country. We are a supe economic power in Nigeria, all done without oil.

        We do not intend to close our society to outsiders, we do not intend to be un-accomodating to guests. we just want ibos to go so that we an reach our ideals of making Lagos an entry for direct foreign investments to further develop the SW.

        Charity begins at home. #IGBOMUSTGO

      • SO

        I am not sure you know what you are talking about. Until recently, I did not discriminate about who I rent my apartments to. Now I am beginning to regret it as the two ibos have not paid me in 2 years and they are refusing to leave even after giving them series of quit notice. The ones I have may be the odd ones amongst the ibos (and I sincerely hope so), but honestly, I dont know what to think anymore!

    • i-priest

      I recently saw a video clip of illegal IGBO immigrants in Angola, of all places, the police there packed them up like sardine, disrobed them and picked them in turns to beat to stupor and broken limbs with metal rods, sticks and then the Policia in 3s or 4s, again pick another Igbo person, spit on him and repeat the beatings. It was horrible! There was a warning before it opens: Graphic Contents! These vagabonds have no shame and definitely, have no GOD. Come to Europe and see the jails loaded with this thieving and greedy tribe! Come to Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, where they end their greedy dreams with the death penalty. WHO SAID THAT IBOS ARE NORMAL HOMO SAPIENS? Primitive and so narrow and shallow in their mental activities. They even form choirs in jail and sing, then leave chapel to plan and learn more on doing 419, cocaine-carrying, prostitution business, armed robbery and kidnapping. Yorubas, E ku alejo awon omo Esu. OLODUMARE yio gba wa lowo won o. EKO o ni baje o.

      • Alamu

        Do not hate.

    • STKilda

      It would be interesting to find out why you hate the Igbo so much. Are you even aware that the world have moved on from hatred based on tribe. The world see you and an Igbo as one and the same, black. The current battle is to get the world to treat you and your Igbo brothers and sisters the same way they would treat someone of a different race. What do you gain from hating your fellow human being? You don’t have to hate anyone inorder to remain proud of your ethnicity.

  • Zikibom

    Why do you all decide to vote for Agbaje, think critically, is it not as a result of your loss at the Federal. This piece is too sentimental and for this to be coming from Chimanda makes it all the more disappointing. Are you trying to be a hero. Read between the lines. Lagosians are Yorubas and they have a right to defend their state. You should save your lexicons for the massive rigging in the South East. Yorubas will teach you how to be an elitist and not the other way round. Stick to you fiction, you are not cut for this kind of piece.

    • Proud Yoruba

      I know, Agbaje is now the Eze of iboland. He won by a landslide in Enugu!

  • Tope

    So should we now execute Oba of Lagos for the Igbos? I am sure you hear worse than this among your fellow Igbos and from the North. Don’t you kill yourselves and cook the meat for rituals? Don’t you kidnap yourselves for money in the East? Don’t you kick women out when their husbands die? Don’t you deny children of their fathers inheritance especially if the children were girls? What respect do you have for your women? When you are involved in Politics, you will be told what you don’t want to hear. That is the price. Go and rest somewhere, Yoruba are not the cause of your problems.

    • Proud Yoruba

      They are all animals, without an exception. Their culture is atrocious and they cannot stand themselves.

      I was one of the early readers of Chimamanda’s book, Purple Hibiscus, at first I thought it was pure fiction, but now I see it is a way of life for them.

      They will never listen to anyone, they are bloody sociopaths. God’s plan to get them out of Yorubaland is now operational, starting with Ambode winning in a landslide.

      I thank the ibo parasites for pushing our genteel people to their rope’s end. It is clear that they can’t live with any group. Our hope is that when they regroup in their land, they will then have some introspection and fix their odious personality and warped value system.

      • STKilda

        Proud Yoruba, you don’t get it. The land of
        the Igbo is Nigeria and Lagos is in Nigeria. They have as much right to live in
        Lagos as you have to live in any other Nigerian city such as Enugu. It is your
        entitlement to hate the Igbo and don’t think that they care about that.
        However, attacking and killing people who have not done you any harm other than
        that they are of a different ethnicity to you makes you a barbarian of the
        worst type.

  • bayuse

    Chimamanda certainly is confused about the issues that provoked Oba Akiolu ‘ s comment. It is not about citizenship, but more about indigeneship, about who owns Lagos. Igbo citizens of Lagos have a belief that Lagos is a no man’s land and that as residents of this state, they can determine who governs the state, and even if they like install an Igbo governor. They say this openly, thus the anger of Oba Akiolu. I am a Yoruba man, from Ogun state, resident in Lagos for close to 40 years. I am not a Lagosian. My daughter has never claimed Lagos. We are all from Ogun state despite our investments here.
    This issue crept to the surface, no thanks to Mr Goodluck Jonathan, who in an attempt to win an election, tried to divide residents of Lagos, very sharply along ethnic, religious lines. I hope it will be the last time, our country will have such an irresponsible, desperate, reckless politician, who tried to mine from those things that divide us.
    Decades ago, Awolowo described Nigeria a mere geographical expression. This is still largely correct as long as nationalities within the Nigerian Nation continue to see themselves first as members of their ethnic groups and only second as Nigerians. And no ethnic group is most guilty of this than Igbo.

    • i-priest

      Good piece, sir. I’m of mixed Yoruba Nupe heriyahe. My mother was born by Tapa (Nupe) parents in 1930, in the Oshodi Area of Lagos, so long ago, when one could count the number of houses then in Oshodi. My great maternal grand parents came in from Pategi, a Nupe town. Till she passed away, she never fully saw herself as Lagosian. She was so proud of her heritage of Nupe, yet today, many of the Tapas (Nupe) of old Oshodi are already YORUBAS. They’ve so assimilated that they do not speak Nupe language at home, but Yoruba. I speak Yoruba and know just a few words of Nupe, I can’t form a sentence in it. When the Hausa-Fulani slaughtered the Igbos, they ran to Yorubaland and especially to Lagos and the god and civilised Yorubas welcomed them and sold them land. Yet they turned around to attack Lagos in 1967/1968 to annex Lagos to make Greater Biafra. God of Mercy and Love saw this and wiped the mad and satanic Igbo Biafra army away at a place called ORE, on the Lagos -Benin express. Yes, the Igbos were coming all the way from their villages in the East to capture Lagos and make it Biafra. They were mechanised, with artillery and poisons, coming to kill the Yorubas of Lagos. But God, OLODUMARE, turned the Igbo counsel to a trap for them. Alleluia! The Igbos have derided, insulted and cheated the Yorubas for too long and I think Lagos has rightly warned them with a curse. Things will never be the same for the Igbo in Lagos henceforth. Igbos are are a greedy thieving,cocaine-carrying, murderous bunch and the Yorubas are now hatching plans out for them which will see the Igbos generally returning home to their erosion-earth and python-ridden villages, to marry their own, farm it and generally develop it, if They have the mental capacity to do that. Let the Great Battle of Ore be a warning to the Igbos over the highly advanced mind of the Yoruba Let the Ibos remember their great tormentor, the Yoruba Black Scorpion, Lt-Col Benjamen Adekunle and the greatest commando in history, the Yoruba-Bini 3rd Marine Commando. A word is enough for the wise.

    • Universal Man

      My dear friend, who owns London, Washington DC, Paris, and other super Metropolitan cities world wide ? After all Yorubas and Binis are more migrant in nature than Igbos.

      • deedee

        The main issue in Nigeria is that, constitutionally, State of Origin is believed to be our home rather than the Place of Residence. If we fail to replace the state of origin with the place of residence, we should expect similar occurrence in the future.

      • bayuse

        So the Africans who live in Paris are the owners of Paris or Paris is now no man’s land? Even if you have a British passport, you are less a British than people born and nurtured there. Can an African resident in Britain ever dream of being the Prime minister? Or can he tell the British b rashly that he is a kingmaker? Just think, brother.

        • STKilda

          Bayuse, that is not true. There is no difference between someone who is British by birth and another who is British by citizenship and yes someone born in manchester can move to London to become the Mayor. Lagos is a city in Nigeria and we are talking about a Nigerian citizens being treated as foreigners in Lagos just because their ethnicity is different to that of the indegenes of Lagos.

  • Sheriff

    My Dear Chimamanda haven gone through your article am a bit disappointed. In any case I’ll only refer you to what Rochas Okorocha told the IGBOS about their attitudes towards other tribes especially Hausas & Yorubas. Probably that will you better imform in your future write-up on national discuss.

    • Mr Sheriff I wonder why you should be disappointed at such an honest article written without bias. An article written with such measured words that convey the truth without abusive words. Rochas Okorocha has been speaking from both sides of his mouth, not having enough balls to speak against Oba’s threat against his own people. Of course his cowardly act is to guarrantee his “stomach infrastructure from the soon to be APC national government, all those his painted words will not stop you guys from relegating him to the background. We are watching. Please give kudos to Chimamanda for articulating such a master piece worded appropriately, I think you are so envious of the pedigree of this STAR FROM THE EAST (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

      • deedee

        I agree with some of the facts in this writeup but I am afraid to mention that not all what the writer wrote are correct and evidence – based.

        1. Lagos was not the first capital of Nigeria. Chimamanda please research well next time before writing. 
        2. Lokoja was the first capital of Nigeria after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914.[Wikipedia] The first Governor-General, Sir Frederick Lugard, governed the new nation of Nigeria from Lokoja.

        3. Calabar also served as the seat of Government after the amalgamation. It is thus effectively the second Nigerian capital city.

        4. The seat of government was moved from Calabar to Lagos in 1903 (Thisday report 2013 ).

        5. Abuja officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos.

        5. There is no place in the world without original inhabitants. There were indigenous Lagosians living in their land before it became a Nigeria capital. Therefore, it’s basically insulting calling Lagos “a no man’s land.” Just because Lagos was the former Nigeria capital doesn’t make her a no man’s land. Afterall, Calabar, Lokoja and Abuja all have indigenous and original residents prior to making them the Nigeria capital.

        6. Can you claim to be an indigenous Lagosian if you were born in Lagos, live all your life in Lagos? The answer is NO. 
        Because our constitution still recognises ‘the State of Origin ‘
        The Nigerian constitution regrettably does not provide adequate provision for pro-ethnicity laws and national integration. The issue of “state of origin” remains a policy that creates no sense of unity, community and common character. The state of origin policy simply means that regardless of a Nigerian citizen’s state of birth, that citizen cannot claim to be an indigene of that state but can only be an indigene of the ancestral place and state of his/her parents. Many Nigerians have lived in their state of birth or have relocated to other states in Nigeria for decades but they are still being treated as second-hand citizens and they have been refused indigeneship. (Roy 2013 ).

        7. Residing in Kano for example all your life doesn’t make you an indigenous Kano resident. It doesn’t matter if you speak Hausa. It doesn’t also matter if you have never been to your ancestral village. Threfore, living all your life in Lagos doesn’t make an indigenous Lagosian.

        8. Nigeria constitution has not replaced the place of origin with place of residence. In view of this not everyone can claim Lokoja, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja despite the fact that they were/are all Nigeria capital.

        9. Calling Lagos a no man’s land is synonymous with calling all Yoruba traditional rulers bastards in Yoruba tradition.

        Finally, to be able to sweep discrimination and tribalism out of Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be replaced with place of residence. That way, we see ourselves as one. God bless Nigeria.

        • ibrahim

          More importantly nigerian too must to imbibe the culture of where they r born and not their ancestral culture. Ibrahim badamosi babagida is not originally from niger state. But bcos he has been able to imbibe the culture of the people where he reside he his now recognized as an indigene of the state. His children don’t bear yoruba names. I ve a friend who is ebira by tribe but has lived in lagos since she was born, today she is married to another ebira born lagosian but they name their children yoruba names bcos they ve fully accepted the culture and tradition of land. In the nearest future I am certain r children would not recognize themselves as ebira or feel the need to claim kogi. Nd am also certain no one would question them if they should stand up as lagosian tomorrow. The problem the igbos r having is purely tribal adoration. No matter the number of years they spend in a plcs they would never still recognize themselves as indigenes of that plc except when it comes to politics.

          • deedee

            I can’t agree more.

  • Lanre

    Chimamanda. I agree with you. Wholeheartedly. As a Yoruba Nationalist, I believe what the Oba of Lagos said was misplaced. What we need to do is to work for the actualization of our independent nation-states such as Biafra. I can’t wait for the day when I will visit Enugu needing a passport. In the same vein, I can’t wait for the day immigration rules will limit the number of Igbos coming into Lagos. You know, since the last battle we fought over Chinua Achebe, I have come to the conclusion that the Igbos like the Yorubas deserve their own country. Nigerians are a bunch of dishonest people who do not want to face the truth. You’ve spoken the truth and I join you in asking for full independence from Nigeria of the indigenous ethnic groups making that geographical space. Hope to meet you in person one of these days.

    • ibrahim

      Ogbeni she is not talking about independence of different regions. All she is after is more condemnation of the oba. I am also a fan of chimamanda, but when she is wrong we should be bold enough to let her know. She has always recognize herself as an igbo first before recognizing herself as a nigerian. Most of her books nd short stories only ve igbo characters. Something I find disappointing also. If I am to differentiate between chimamanda and asari dokubo I wud only say she is better educated and not violent, but aside that they r both tribal adorators.. we can’t keep emphasizing on those things that makes us different and expect to move forward. What has happened to those things that makes us similar. I can bet you that if this derogatory comment had come out of the mouth of the obi of onitsha chimamanda wouldn’t come out with similar write-up. Then you would hear her say things like writing from both sides, trying to understand that there are more than one side to a story, you would hear things like writing a more balance story. She might even title it the danger of a single story. I strongly believe we can exist as a nation if we put aside those things that makes us different, if we beginning to imbibe the culture of where we were born rather than our ancestral culture, if we begin to talk more about those things that makes us similar. We don’t need division.

      • larrybiafra

        Most of her books have igbo characters because she is igbo just like Soyinka who uses only Yoruba characters in his books.

        • Ole

          How many Soyinka books have you read. Read the Trials of Brother Jero and find out how Amope, a Yoruba was the wife to Chume and Igbo.

          • alex

            well Ole, not everyone deserves a response, but one will not just be quiet in order to educate them 🙁

      • Kemi

        @Ibrahim Well reasoned and well said . I couldn’t have agreed more. You spoke my mind. Some of these tribal bigots have done more harm than the oba in fanning our divisiveness. Two wrongs can never make a right.

      • Lanre

        Well. I am talking about independence for the major ethnic groups in Nigeria. Let everyone know their place and level. That way the Oba of Lagos will not appear to be insulting Igbos; Chinua Achebe will not insult my leader Chief Awolowo (just because the sage wanted a united Nigeria for which he got nothing out of); one region of the country will not elect a leader for the rest; for pete’s sake the Igbos and the South-South do not want Buhari, the Yorubas did not even give the victory to him. Where Chima and I disagree is on Chief Awolowo and the insult from Chinua Achebe on Yorubas. She is a writer with her biases but fundamentally, I am coming round to agreeing with the need to restructure Nigeria to give independence to ethnic groups that want to leave. There is a right called self-determination recognized by all legal authorities, including the United Nations. Let’s stop this deceit. The annoying part is little kids born after Buhari talking to me about patriotism. Where were you when your fathers like Ibrahim Babangida were annulling elections? I came to this world a Nigerian but will not leave as one.

    • Emma

      Lanre you are the only sincere person of the lot. We want this country divided period.whether Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa you all should be ashamed of yourself, what percentage do you contribute to the world economy-idiots.

  • Ibo boy

    I am proudly Igbo, grew up in the north and have members of my family who are proudly yoruba. We are strong because we are diverse, some comments I’ve read here are dissapointing more so if they are coming from anyone below 40years and with any form of education. Tribalism is a primitive concept and is much worse than racism, Africans in general and Nigerians in particular should realise that NO TRIBE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER. Together we are much stronger, our generation can do much better than our fathers.

    • Tope

      I do agree with you to some extent but if people continue testing your patience, what do you do? We have had leading Igbos calling Lagos a No-Man’s Land when we have leadership in the name of Obas and Political leaders! Which tribe will take this sort of rubbish? Do you just get up one day and call New York a No-Man’s land because you see people of various colours there? If other tribes wants to live in peace, they need to watch their mouths, we don’t care who they vote for. If they don’t want to hear rubbish, do not say rubbish. I think this is fair.

      • Ibo boy

        @Tope, Lagos is situated in the south western part of Nigeria, an area dominated by the Yorubas. However, like Newyork( which you used as an example) Lagos is the Big apple of Africa (friends in Accra and J’bourg may disagree). Anyone that lives, works and pays taxes in newyork refers to himself as a Newyorker likewise anyone who lives and hustles in Lagos is a Lagosian. Lagos is a special city, the crown jewel of Nigeria but do you honestly think it would be what it is without the Igbos, Tivs, Kanuris, Hausas??….Calling Lagos a no mans land to me is a complement, showing that it accomodates all…..If you take the term “no mans land” literaly, try building without neccessary documentation n the support of the “Omo niiles” n see how far you can go. Politicians/ rulers will always try to exploit our fault lines but it is on us to rise above pettiness. God bless our various hustle.

        • ibrahim

          Ibo boy you can’t try to be objective without being factual. Infact the Yankees r the owners of new York. No 1 refers to it as a no man’s land. And the term no man’s land isn’t a compliment as u so presume in this context. Its an outright disregard of the true settlers. Nigeria and america are not even similar in this context. Bcos here in nigeria regions and recognized by tribes unlike in US where regions r recognized by race. New jersey for example is mostly populated by blacks. While a place like califonia is largely dominated by the latino.

        • D.A

          Comparing Nigeria and the USA is illogical. The USA is populated by white European immigrants that decimated the indigenous americans and took over their land. Today, there are separte places in America reserved for American indians (where american laws do not apply). Nigeria is a country where various city states, village states and empires were predominant before the British conquest. Nigeria was cobbled together as a result of treaty’s signed by such heads of city-states , empires and village -states. More recently, other parts of Nigeria where retained by conquest in 1970. The Empires and city state rulers are given ceremonial roles in those areas. They are called Emirs/Oba’s and the like. Whether you like it or not, Lagos has been a commercial power house for centuries. That is what gave rise to migration to Lagos by the groups you describe. Most of those people come to Lagos with nothing and become empowered by Lagos! Keep your ignorance to yourself please.

      • larrybiafra

        Don’t mind the useless igbos who call Lagos a ‘ no man’s land’. The fact that you chose to help me in my farmland voluntarily does not give you ownership rights tomorrow

    • Chijianya

      I agree with Igbo boy’s opinion (fact as a matter of fact) that no tribe is better than the other. B

      By extension, no individual has more value than another before God. The present Nigeria was foisted on the tribes by the British agent Lugard. We either learn and agree on how to live together forever in peace and unity, divide and separate into individual nations, or keep fighting one another in useless superiority claims and be the worse for it. When the Green Eagles win a football match, the tribesmen high-five one another, regardless of their ethnicity. Why? Because we win together. It doesn’t matter whether an Igbo or an Itshekiri player scores the goal or whether a Hausa player passes the ball to a Yoruba or a Yobe player who heads it home, a win is a win for Nigeria. Do also realize that if Nigeria loses a football match, we all lower our heads down in disbelief as a nation? But when a container lands at Apapa wharf greed and avarice become the national ethos. Haba! Which way Nigeria. You dey shame mama Africa sef before the whole world. Nigeria is like a polygamous marriage. How can we make it work? Perhaps Buhari may have the answer. WAI? I don’t know!

  • deedee

    We can only see ourselves as one tribe if we remove the so called state of
    origin from our constitition. But as long we believe in the “states of origin, catchment area and so on, ethnic sentiment will continue to have greater control on us. In 2013 the move by the 
    National Assembly to substitute state of origin clause with that of state of residence met stiff opposition because of our cultural and 
    historical differences. Our leaders still believe in the so called state
    of origin. This is really a big issue in Nigeria. For example, the 
    average Ikwerre man does not play with the issue of land because it 
    is a very important resource and means of livelihood. Every piece of 
    land is owned by someone. In 2013, a research title “Ethinicity over 
    Residence” conducted by Thisday Newspaper revealed that our cultural and
    historical differences make it so much difficult to see ourselves as 
    one family. For example, one man from the eastern part of Nigeria said 
    “Individuals, families and communities inherited these parcels of land 
    from their ancestors and it will be practically impossible to have some 
    new comers laying equal claim to land because they happen to reside in 
    the same community as the original inhabitants,” (thisday 2013). If Yoruba 
    man cannot lay claim to land in the east while are the igbos laying 
    claims to same in Lagos? I’m sure we know it’s not possible in Kano nor
    Kaduna.

    Because of the above issues, it is difficult for a Yoruba
    woman for example to be governor of Kano state or Fulani man to win 
    senatorial seat in Enugu and vice-versa.

    Another issue is that Igbo are not the only tribe living in Lagos and I see no reason why 
    people keep saying Lagos is no man’s land. Afterall, Calabar was the 
    former capital of Nigeria and now Abuja. But can we say Calabar and Abuja are no man’s land?
    Before Portuguese came to Nigeria Awori (subgroups of Yoruba descent) and other yoruba tribes were already 
    living in Eko (referred to as Lagos now). Portuguese changed the name “Eko” to 
    Lagos. And for the fact that indigenous Lagosians are accomodating 
    doesn’t mean Lagos is “no man’s land” Calling Lagos no man’s land is 
    synonymous with saying the Lagos obas and chiefs in Lagos are bastard in
    Yoruba tradition.

    Like I mentioned earlier, for all us to see ourselves as one in Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be removed 
    from our constitution.

  • deedee

    I agree with some of the facts in this writeup but I am afraid to mention that not all what the writer wrote are correct and evidence – based.

    1. Lagos was not the first capital of Nigeria. Chimamanda please research well next time before writing.
    2. Lokoja was the first capital of Nigeria after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914.[Wikipedia] The first Governor-General, Sir Frederick Lugard, governed the new nation of Nigeria from Lokoja.

    3. Calabar also served as the seat of Government after the amalgamation. It is thus effectively the second Nigerian capital city.

    4. The seat of government was moved from Calabar to Lagos in 1903 (Thisday report 2013 ).

    5. Abuja officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos.

    5. There is no place in the world without original inhabitants. There were indigenous Lagosians living in their land before it became a Nigeria capital. Therefore, it’s basically insulting calling Lagos “a no man’s land.” Just because Lagos was the former Nigeria capital doesn’t make her a no man’s land. Afterall, Calabar, Lokoja and Abuja all have indigenous and original residents prior to making them the Nigeria capital.

    6. Can you claim to be an indigenous Lagosian if you were born in Lagos, live all your life in Lagos? The answer is NO.
    Because our constitution still recognises ‘the State of Origin ‘
    The Nigerian constitution regrettably does not provide adequate provision for pro-ethnicity laws and national integration. The issue of “state of origin” remains a policy that creates no sense of unity, community and common character. The state of origin policy simply means that regardless of a Nigerian citizen’s state of birth, that citizen cannot claim to be an indigene of that state but can only be an indigene of the ancestral place and state of his/her parents. Many Nigerians have lived in their state of birth or have relocated to other states in Nigeria for decades but they are still being treated as second-hand citizens and they have been refused indigeneship. (Roy 2013 ).

    7. Residing in Kano for example all your life doesn’t make you an indigenous Kano resident. It doesn’t matter if you speak Hausa. It doesn’t also matter if you have never been to your ancestral village. Threfore, living all your life in Lagos doesn’t make an indigenous Lagosian.

    8. Nigeria constitution has not replaced the place of origin with place of residence. In view of this not everyone can claim Lokoja, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja despite the fact that they were/are all Nigeria capital.

    9. Calling Lagos a no man’s land is synonymous with calling all Yoruba traditional rulers bastards in Yoruba tradition.

    Finally, to be able to sweep discrimination and tribalism out of Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be replaced with place of residence. That way, we see ourselves as one. God bless Nigeria.

    • Reminisce6

      Shall we also point it out how some of our SE compatriots stoke the
      ember of animosity by the shocking assertion that Lagos is a no-man`s
      land?Such arrogant assertion will naturally jolt any indigenous people
      anywhere in Nigeria and beyond.Constitutional provisions apart,we must
      also learn to accord mutual respect and recognition to our traditional
      diversity and sensitivity.The first acknowledged Oba of Lagos was King
      Ado (1630-1669),Lagos was annexed in 1861 and was declared a colony in
      1862.By 1872 Lagos was a cosmopolitan trading center with a population of
      over 60,000 people.Colonial Lagos developed into a busy, cosmopolitan
      port, with an architecture that blended Victorian and Brazilian
      styles.The Brazilian element was imparted by skilled builders and masons
      who had returned from Brazil Th.e black elite was composed of
      English-speaking “Saros” from Sierra Leone and other emancipated slaves
      who had been repatriated from Brazil and Cuba.By 1872 the population of
      the colony was over 60,000, of whom less than 100 were of European origin. In 1876 imports were valued at £476,813 and exports at £619,260.
      Telephone
      links with Britain were established by 1886, and electric street
      lighting in 1898.In August 1896, Charles Joseph George and G.W. Neville,
      both merchants and both unofficial members of the Legislative Council, presented a petition urging construction of the railway terminus on Lagos Island
      rather
      than at Ido, and also asking for the railway to be extended to
      Abeokuta. George was the leader of the delegation making this request,
      and described its many commercial advantages.A major strike broke out in
      the colony in 1897, which has been described as the “first major labour
      protest” in African history.Lagos history is rich in Yoruba
      tradition,trade and commerce,infrastructural development and
      cosmopolitanism.There`s nothing that exist in it now that is actually
      new to it,the platform to conduct business and thrives has been embedded its gene since its existence.It has all the natural attraction as the administrative and
      commercial capital of any country and has all always embrace all comers.It
      is preposterous for anyone to refers to it as a no-man`s land or to believe it will wither if a section of it decides to relocate.Oja Oyingbo ko mo pe enikan oo wa (A thriving market naturally does feel the absence of any of its patrons).

      • deedee

        I cannot agree more. Thanks.

  • Peacemaker

    Truly, the Igbos have themselves to blame for the Obas comments and for all the vitriol and crass gutterly comments by some misguided folks on this forum. If it were possible for Igbos to listen to all this, and truly uproot themselves from the different cities they have helped to develop, and go back to Igboland, and develop it, it would have been nice, to see how cities of Nigeria would look without Igbos. But they won’t listen! So they should take what they get without complain. Today, it is easy for Yorubas to look at Lagos with a sense of pride. They should. However, the fortunes of Lagos turned when the capital was moved from Calabar to Lagos, a move for which the Efiks and Ibibios have not fully forgiven Nnamdi Azikiwe. What if that never happened? No tribe in Nigeria can make it all on its own; as well as countries. We all need each other. It is ridiculous to think that Lagos’ commerce will thrive without the likes of the Igbos who oil its machinery. If you doubt it, watch what happens every time the Igbos travel enmasse: Lagos turns into a ghost town. And if they decide over this issue to boycott business, not only Lagos but the country and Oba will feel it. The beauty of Lagos is from the strength it derives from its diverse population. It is not from Yorubas alone. Lagos dies the day it is stripped of this. True, Lagos has indigenes, and the Igbos and others should respect this. At the same time, it will be foolhardiness for is indigenes to forget how they got to where they are now.

    • Reminisce6

      Shall we also point it out how some of our SE compatriots stoke the
      ember of animosity by the shocking assertion that Lagos is a no-man`s
      land?Such arrogant assertion will naturally jolt any indigenous people
      anywhere in Nigeria and beyond.Constitutional provisions apart,we must
      also learn to accord mutual respect and recognition to our traditional
      diversity and sensitivity.The first acknowledged Oba of Lagos was King
      Ado (1630-1669),Lagos was annexed in 1861 and was declared a colony in
      1862.By 1872 Lagos was a cosmopolitan trading center with a population
      of over 60,000 people.Colonial Lagos developed into a busy, cosmopolitan
      port, with an architecture that blended Victorian and Brazilian
      styles.The Brazilian element was imparted by skilled builders and
      masonswho had returned from Brazil Th.e black elite was composed of
      English-speaking “Saros” from Sierra Leone and other emancipated slaves
      who had been repatriated from Brazil and Cuba.By 1872 the population of
      the colony was over 60,000, of whom less than 100 were of European
      origin. In 1876 imports were valued at £476,813 and exports at £619,260.
      Telephone
      links with Britain were established by 1886, and electric street
      lighting in 1898.In August 1896, Charles Joseph George and G.W.
      Neville,both merchants and both unofficial members of the Legislative
      Council, presented a petition urging construction of the railway
      terminus on Lagos Island ratherthan at Ido, and also asking for the
      railway to be extended to Abeokuta. George was the leader of the
      delegation making this request, and described its many commercial
      advantages.A major strike broke out in the colony in 1897, which has
      been described as the “first major labour protest” in African
      history.Lagos history is rich in Yoruba tradition,trade and
      commerce,infrastructural development and cosmopolitanism.There`s nothing
      that exist in it now that is actually new to it,the only difference is
      the scale and volume.The platform to conduct business and thrives has
      been embedded its gene since its existence.It has all the natural
      attraction as the administrative and commercial capital of any country
      and has all always embrace all comers.It is preposterous for anyone to
      refers to it as a no-man`s land or to believe it will wither if a
      section of it decides to relocate.Oja Oyingbo ko mo pe enikan oo wa (A
      thriving market naturally does not feel the absence of any of its
      patrons).

    • How Manage

      When Ibos travel out lagos en masse for Christmas, lagos is so peaceful

  • Ashimi

    The writer got it wrong. Ibo people should realize that the largest part of Lagos State was in the Western region and clearly Yoruba land no amount of deceptive facts can remove that. You Ibo people have always voted freely for the people to govern you and Yorubas don’t dictate who should rule your states. It is wrong for you and your people to come to Yoruba land (because on like you we are more accommodating) and to seize that opportunity to GANG up based on your wrongly perceived numerical strength to take over the government of Lagos State through desperate Yoruba politicians. Now that it is clear that Jimi Agbaje will be the Governor-Elect of Eastern Region Lagos and Akinwunmi Ambode the Governor-Elect of Lagos State, the Ibos should voluntarily go and jump inside the lagoon we will not miss them. Congratulations to Oba Akiolu the few good Igbo people and the large number of Omo Oko Yorubas

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Is this the type of thing we expect in Nigeria very soon? Then I pity the country!

  • ugo

    sometimes if i read what u guys are fighting for i call u guys kids…..u guys are fools cos ur words dose not sound like a words of a mature men especially u yorobas…..what are u black monkeys fighting for,”lagos is my own,lagos is not ur own”.u guys just remain me of those days i was a kid draging football with others kids….when will u guys use wisdom of ur words and stop fooling around.lagos is indeed a no mans land come and take it from me….big fools. the most dirty people in nigeria no difference between u all and indias compare how dirty u yorobas are.

    • ugo

      if u are ready to exchange words come in to my world.fools

  • Ole

    As a Yoruba, I am ashamed of what the Oba said. When i heard what transpired at the Oba’s palace that day, I know Adichie would react characteristically. It is very painful and unfortunate that the Oba of Lagos provided the opportunity for Adichie to once again take a swipe at the Yorubas who have always been her mortal enemies. As a disciple of Achebe, Adichie always grab with both hands any opportunity to show how the Yorubas and perhaps others have maltreated the Igbos. She, just like Achebe, has always read history and find how the Igbos were saints and how others were villains. I recollect when she wrote a piece titled “We think Differently”, which was her reaction to Achebe’s “There was a Country” where Achebe put the misfortune of the IGBOs on the Yorubas and Awolowo. There is no doubt that Adichie is a talented writer, I sincerely hope to have her gift of writing, but I think what she has in semantics she lacks in historical research. To be an Igbo crusader is good, but she should read her history very well. The Yorubas may not be saints but they are one of the most liberal in Nigeria. The igbos are very dynamics and enterprising, no doubt. While the Igbos may have reasons to distrust the Yorubas, the Yorubas also have more than one reasons to fear the Igbos. I think what writers and opinion moulders of Adichie’s class should do is to find ways of studying these problems and proffering solutions instead of fanning the embers of distrust.

    • citizenka

      Achebe is over rated!

      • Sethken

        Achebe is the most read African author of our time. He has sold more books than any other African author. Soyinka will rather have Achebe’s fame than the noble laureate. Achebe’s classic Things Fall Apart has been translated to into more 50 languages around the globe. Things Fall Apart is in academic curriculum of almost every University in the United States. Talk about being over rated. You must be out of your mind.

        • AJ

          Aha! I wondered how long it would take to get Soyinka and his Nobel Prize into all of this. Especially when Achebe has been severally mentioned so far. If someone makes a comment you do not like about Achebe, what does Soyinka have to do with that? It is unfortunate that even within supposedly rarefied intellectual and literary circles, these horrible ethnic biases so readily come to the surface.

          • Ole

            Thank you . This also show to what extent the hatred for the Yorubas had permeated the socio-political world views of writers like Adichie. In my observation i want to say writers like Adichie are dangerous and worse than people like Femi Fani kayode. As we should be aware, ideas rule the world. Writers are idealists basically. If one tries to look critically, one wonders the type of ideas Adichie will be providing his IGBO people secretly. Like Achebe was the Biafran ambassador, I sincerely believe Adichie is seriously goading the MASSOBS.

          • enyibinakata

            Come on, no one is as dangerous as FFK !
            🙂

          • How Manage

            She has a cult like following among the Ibos who see her as the new Achebe

      • Alamu

        He is not.

  • AKINDE ADELEKE

    YORUBA RONU,EKO RONU.HOW CAN IFEANYI UBAH and his team INSULT THE INTEGRITY OF YORUBA,EKO and KABIYESI with his ill gotten wealth he will soon explain his part in the SUBSIDY SAGA.CAN THIS RUBBISH BY IFEANYI UBAH OCCUR IN IBO LAND.THE WRITER SHOULD TELL US HOW MANY YORUBA ARE STAFF IN ANY LOCAL GOVT.IN IBO LAND NOT TO TALK OF STATE GOVT.OR COUNCILLORS/LOCAL GOVT.CHAIRMAN etc.PLEASE THE WRITER SHOULD BE HONEST LAGOS BELONG TO YORUBA.QED.

    • Sethken

      I hope you are not talking about children born to Igbo parents in Lagos. Those children are Lagosians just as you are. They only know of Lagos and no where else. The same will be obtainable in Igbo land.

      • Trendy

        I just wish their parent can leave them behind when there’s crisis..and all r going back to their tribe home…!

        • How Manage

          Lol

  • AKINDE ADELEKE

    THE WRITER UNFORTUNATELY IS ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH.THE WRITER SHOULD KINDLY GIVE THE DETAILS OF WHAT TRANSPIRED IN THE PALACE (IGA).EKO TI GBON.ITE SI WAJU EKO LAFE..TIO OBA LAWA OSE..EKO NI BAJE.LET THE ENEMIES OF LAGOS PERISH IN THE LAGOON

  • Ahmed Shehu

    Its not only the OBA of Lagos that feels betrayed by Ibos. many people particularly in North Eastern Nigeria felt the Ibos gave them away. Its the general opinion that the FG is not serious in dealing with BH. Voting for PDP the way they did suggest they are interested in continuation of BH. Chimamanda I suggest you do a study on why people hosting Ibos don’t trust them. It may be something the Ibos do. Or their actions are not read correctly.

    • Arabakpura

      It’s simple; inferior complex!

    • Zionist

      Aboki, we don’t need your trust. Do you even trust yourself. Our success is divime and not from you. Was BH not formed and supported by your brothers and Sisters. Stop blaming the Igbos for BH. By the way, it is “Igbo” and not “Ibo.” Be guided.

    • How Manage

      Thank you

  • citizenka

    All good.
    The Oba misbehaved hence he has been condemned and we continue to condemn him
    The offended people have a right to feel victimised.
    I would however to like to invite Chimamanda Adichie and her likes to go and preach and push for the kind
    of cosmopolitanism and diversity we enjoy in Lagos and Kaduna in other
    parts of eastern Nigeria.

    For the purpose of building the kind of Nation she has just described, it would be great to see
    those like her champion the case for a cosmopolitan states and cities in the
    eastern part of Nigeria. They should do it on principle for the sake of nation
    building.

    • Zionist

      Citizrnka, You need to travel round. The SouthEast is home to many ethnic mationalities and no traditional ruler threatems people to vote a particular candidate. Leave your cocoon.

  • Kekedu

    Chimamanda, you just lost me. Thanks and goodbye.

    • Jujubeans

      Indeed, I am Igbo and proud, but Chimamanda tends to see issues through Igbo centric tinted glasses. I myself have been so disgusted with my Igbo brothers and sisters’ arrogant, insensitive and downright rude comments in this entire debate. The continued beating of the chest about how fabulous igbos are, the best of the tribes, and denigrating the other tribes is bad behaviour and I ask my fellow Igbos to be emotionally intelligent and stop it! It doesn’t endear us to our neighbours. Infact it infuriates them with net result of asking us to leave.

      • Zionist

        Jujubeans, you are not Igbo. The discussion is about Oba’s attempt to threaten Igbo’s in Lagos into voting for Ambode. It is not about Igbo’s bad behaviour. No body is stopping you from cowardly being subservient to your so called neighbor. I personally refuse to be grateful to anybody for livimg in any part of Nigeria. Nigeria fought for her unity. I am a proud Igbo man. I don’t care of you have a problem with that

        • Jujubeans

          Why am I not surprised at your reaction? The accusation of not being Igbo always amuses me and smacks of the arrogant mindset which I referred to earlier. I was referring to comments by Ndigbo on social media, and other forums which have been arrogant, insensitive and rude. It’s like your inlaw coming to live in your own house, but yet constantly commenting on how small and poorly decorated your house is whilst talking about how beautiful his own house in the village is. After a while, wouldn’t you get fed up and ask him to go? What the Oba said was despicable and wrong. Many Yorubas have come out to condemn him. Ndigbo should not have fallen for it and started insulting Yorubas and boasting about how Yorubas cannot cope without them. It is insensitive, it is bad behaviour and they need to stop.

        • triplearr

          “Most Igbos says they are the people that developed Lagos and made Lagos what it is today. They say without Igbos, Lagos is finished. And i keep wondering, how has Igbos helped in shaping and developing Lagos?

          “Lets get the fact right, Igbos didn’t develop Lagos rather, it was Lagos that shaped and made the Igbos what they are today. Without igbos in Lagos, Lagos will remain Lagos and without Lagos, most Igbos may likely be nothing.

          “Reason for my assertion is that most giant and top companies that attracts millions of people across the country to Lagos are not owned by the Igbos so, how has Igbos shaped and developed Lagos?

          “This are the achievements and economic advancement Igbos gave Lagos and Lagosians; tokunbo and fake spare parts at Ladepo Market, China Electronics and pirated CDs at Alaba market, bend-down select cloths at Idumota and yaba and kotangowa market, Chinese and tokunbo computers accessories and phones at Computer village Ikeja are Igbos economical achievement and contribution to Lagos. In fact, most Igbos are causing nuisance in Lagos. A visit to this markets will tell you the amount of nuisance that Most Igbos has caused in Lagos. The environments this Igbos traders are mostly populated are always polluted with waste of all sorts, they are dirty, stinking, rough, erection of illegal shops on road, on pipeline and railway lines are encouraged in this market places that causes traffic gridlock and other dangerous acts and when Lagos state government dismantle this illegal shops, they get angry, if Lagos state government close their shops for environmental violation, they pick offence. How then has the Igbos developed Lagos?

          “As long as am concerned, PZ, COCA-COLA, 7UP, CADBURY, MTN, ZAIN, GLO, ETISALAT, DANGOTE, SHOP-RITES, GOLDEN PENNY, FLOUR MILL, INDOMIE, UNILEVER, P&G, CHI LIMITED, GUINNESS, NIGERIA BREWERIES, OANDO, CONOIL, TOTAL, MOBIL, CHEVRON, SHELL, AQUADANA, KFC, EKO HOTEL, INTER CONTINENTAL HOTEL, PROTEA HOTEL, JULIUS BERGER, RCC CONSTRUCTION, NESTLE, KPMG, GSK, FRISLAND FOOD, WAMCO, BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO, FLOUR MILL, SCHLUBEGER, AIT, SILVERBIRD TV, CHANNELS TV, LARFARGE, etc are not own by the Igbos. This companies are what attracted millions of people to Lagos.

          “Igbos shouldn’t lay claim that they develop a place by becoming nuisance. Most of the top churches in Lagos are not also owned by Igbos. House on the Rock, Redeem, Christ Embassy, Deeper life, living faith, MFM, etc are not owned by Igbos, the only church that’s reasonable that’s owned by an Igbo man is TREM, while another Igbos church Lord Chosen church encourage nuisance in Lagos and it also double as the most dirtiest church in Lagos.

          “Records shows that 75% of robbery cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 85% of ritual cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 60% of drug cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 70% of fraud cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 90% of pirated CDs in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 60% of fake and Adulterated drugs in Lagos that has kill thousands of Lagosians are carried out by Igbos, in fact, most of the crimes in Lagos are related to the Igbos so how has Igbos developed Lagos when they can’t get their hands off crimes?

          “There’s no Igbo man among the top three richest people in Nigeria, so how are they successful?

          “The truth is that Igbos should be grateful that the Yorubas accommodated them in Lagos peacefully, they shouldn’t take the Meekness and kindness of the Yorubas for granted.

          “Igbos didn’t make Lagos but its actually Lagos that made Igbos.”

    • meme

      nobody wants u to be found

      • Kekedu

        Indeed, not in the Lagoon.

    • Zionist

      She is not at your level. Grow up.

      • Kekedu

        Obviously, she’s not.

  • the_adviser

    Everything has ended well. Ambode is now the governor allegedly and everyone has heeded Oba’s advice. What can go wrong?

  • OmoLasgidi

    This “baby” writer sits in the US and believes she is now an authority on the history of the ethnic groups in Nigeria? Apparently a disciple of Achebe’s thinking! While a lot of perspectives has been pushed forward by a number of commentators, it is about time the Igbo’s see themselves as architects of their own mindsets. The war finished a long time ago, but their mentalities and reasoning is still so beclouded. They need to develop a sense of belonging and accommodation if they are to break the cycle of their perceived marginalisation! This is why the likes of Adichie, as part of a new generation must change their narratives to build, rather than chipping away at ethnic cracks of old. There are many brave IBO boys and girls who have broken convention and married outside their tribal enclaves. These are the silent bravehearts and the new generation that are poised to change such perceptions. I hope Adichie is challenged to consider any suitable Nigerian suitor from Calabar to Maiduguri, then we will know she is truly “Nigerianised”

    • sawston

      Am also disappointed that Adichie has written this piece in a manner that she has done. Sometimes we need to have a laugh at each other without getting too serious. Pat Utomi who is very friendly with the Oba has twitted that it is the Oba’s way of jesting. The Igbos that were present at the meeting also felt it was a jest as they clapped and laughed. Even the Oba joked that one of them should bring his daughter at the next meeting.

      • OmoLasgidi

        100% on point. Sad that ordinary Nigerians keep falling into the pits of negative sentiments of ethnic and religious suspicion often whipped up by desperate politicians, who, after winning loot our treasuries for their personal gain. Our focus needs to shift to the widening class gap created by these politicians with their illgotten wealth. That is the real issue for discourse and alignment, instead of wasting time on past issues!

      • Zionist

        I think Lagos is the most civilized state in nigeria and understands the importance of ethnic diversity in economic developmet, hence, the development in Lagos. However, Adichie’s writeup was a nugget of facts and truism. No one can refute it. You don’t make piece by sweeping the truth under the carpet. The joke was not appropriate and it was right for the Igbo leaders to tolerate him with respect in the palace. Now Nigeria and Lagos state should move forward.

      • How Manage

        I’m not disappointed I saw through her in Half of a Yellow sun, the book

  • Kemi

    The whole article is just too one sided, prejudiced and unbalanced. One candid advice to the writer: it is okay to champion a tribe or a region’s course but please do it with objectivity, fairness and from a balanced point of view. To suggest that because Lagos was once a federal capital and hence her hospitality should not be applauded. And at the same time argued that we should not necessarily expect that level of hospitality from eastern states is really disingenuous. For someone of the writer’s level of education and exposure, I expect a well reasoned argument based on facts and not half truth and tribal sentiments.

    • sawston

      This issue of Lagos being once a federal capital and therefore was developed by Federal money is not in line with historical facts. In fact the Federal Capital territory of Lagos ended before Mushin on the outskirts of Lagos. The former Western Region started from Mushin. The old Federal capital territory of Lagos is a very small fraction of the present Lagos and Lagos State. It was Chief Awolowo the then premier of former Western Nigeria that set up Ikeja, Mushin and Ogba industrial estates that formed the bulk of economic development of the current Lagos State.

    • alex

      Thank you. Inasmuch as the writer feels the Oba’s statement is disturbing, it’s regrettable and as well, disturbing how tribalistic a writer of her caliber sounds

    • D1

      What do you expect, she is through and through Igbo! China Achebe passed on the Biafra flag to her and Okey Ndibe, to keep flying and continue stoking the tribal war fire!

  • Oluwoles

    I feel like crying reading this.I am a Yoruba and I hereby apologise to my fellow Igbo citizen of this country.But this is not the mindset of average Yoruba person.
    I remember in 2013 when I came to Nigeria to renew my passport.I left from Ayetoro in Ogun State to the Immigration office in Abuja to renew my passport and I was attacked by some miscreant leaving me without a Kobo.
    To cut my story short,It was an Igbo girl who helped me from Abuja to Lagos.I didn’t even know she was Igbo because her Yoruba speaking was fluent until I got to her parent house where i slept for the night because our bus got to Lagos around 2:00 AM.
    What is trying to say is that we shouldn’t create division among ourselves.We shouldn’t allow politicians to cause division among us.

    • love.t

      GOD bless you WOLE.. you see the only person to blame on this issue is Mr JONTHAN GOODLUCK. and the reason is that 50% of the stolen billions dollars from oil money was use to destroy Nigeria that part of money given to like
      Ganiyu Adams..Ifanyi Uba.Oni of ife…Lagos market Traders….Nollywoods…..MImiko……Afenifere…etc it we take a long time before we can come together as one again the problem that we are facing at the point of time in lagos is not Yoruba against the igbos even withing ourself in Yoruba it we take long time to heal…we have not have it so bad in this country and mr jonathan is the worst thing that ever happen to nigeria and he deserved to rot in jail…………….

  • love.t

    One sided article the same mistake done by prof chinua achebe, FEMI FALANA,TINUBU,AMBODE,FASHOLA,APC etc none of them ask the igbos to move on so I don’t know where you got your info from……….as YORUBA MAN I have made a comment here few days ago and I do not support a comment such that a human being we die in lagoon even I will not wish my enemy to die because life is too precious ,,,,,, having said that I stated that the only friend the entire Igbo got in Nigeria today are still the YORUBAS and I know that YOURUBA people are open minded people ,also I advised the IGBOS in lagos to respect their host community and don’t be dragged to YORUBA politics because your coming to lagos as migrant are not because of politics but to benefit your self and your families economically you be invited in future when the Nigeria democracy becomes mature…..LAGOS is YORUBALAND and you need to respect that….for example up to date despite that the federal government has paid for ABUJA LAND Abuja still remain HAUSA land……..

    • simssoon

      Go and read the history of lagos Oba himself migrate in lagos like every other person.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Technically, Abuja was originally inhabited by the Gwari (IBB’s and Abdulsalami Abubakar’s ethnic group) rather than the Hausa.

  • absam777

    I am not disappointed to read any Ibo person condemning the Oba’s comment, for which those that have known him says is just the typical Lagosian Shakara, which Lagos Ibos should know about, if they are sincere. For those shouting down the king, please read below, an objective contribution I have have culled someone where to properly educate you about the issue. And by the way, in Yorubaland and culture, An Oba do not apologise, it is a taboo. He is the Kabiyesi.

    1. Can you claim to be an indigenous Lagosian if you were born in Lagos, live all your life in Lagos? The answer is NO.
    Because our constitution still recognises ‘the State of Origin ‘
    The Nigerian constitution regrettably does not provide adequate provision for pro-ethnicity laws and national integration. The issue of “state of origin” remains a policy that creates no sense of unity, community and common character. The state of origin policy simply means that regardless of a Nigerian citizen’s state of birth, place of residence , that citizen cannot claim to be an indigene of that state but can only be an indigene of the ancestral place and state of his/her parents. Many Nigerians have lived in their state of birth or have relocated to other states in Nigeria for decades but they are still being treated as second-hand citizens and they have been refused indigeneship. (Roy 2013 ).

    2 . Residing in Kano for example all your life doesn’t make you an indigenous Kano resident. It doesn’t matter if you speak Hausa. It doesn’t also matter if you have never been to your ancestral village. Threfore, living all your life in Lagos doesn’t make you an indigenous Lagosian buy only a resident.

    3. Nigeria constitution has not replaced the place of origin with place of residence. In view of this not everyone can claim Lokoja, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja despite the fact that they were/are all Nigeria capital.

    4. Calling Lagos a no man’s land is synonymous with calling all Yoruba traditional rulers in Lagos bastards in Yoruba tradition.

    Finally, to be able to sweep discrimination and tribalism out of Nigeria, the state of origin needs to be replaced with place of residence and/or place of birth. That way, we see ourselves as one. God bless Nigeria. Peace!

    • sawston

      I think Igbos have overplayed this victim-hood for too long. There was no time Igbos were killed or attacked in Yoruba land as it happened in the North. The writer should be reminded that Col Fajuyi, a Yoruba man died defending Aguyi-Ironsi, during the counter coup of 1966 and Col Victor Banjo was a commander in the Biafra army that extended Biafra into Ore. The Igbos cannot have it both ways, while many Igbos are still talking about succession and romancing with the Biafra dream, they want to be accepted as full fledged Nigerians with all the benefits that come from such membership.

      • occ

        You are a go at for saying such about igbos being accepted as full fledged Nigerians.

      • simssoon

        The question …Is lagos Yoruba land ? may be most of us should read the history before commenting.

        • Proud Yoruba

          How can Lagos be anything but Yoruba land, it is not even a question, it is self-evident. is it in SE region or in the heart of SW region? Lagos is owned by Yorubas always.

          • simssoon

            Yes sw agreed but not Yoruba or if you doubt it we do politics go home ask your father the truth and he will tell you right from when Awuri to benin Empire,and who appointed the first oba of lagos.

          • Proud Yoruba

            OMG. Why not go and learn the history of your own ancestral land instead of probing into a region that you’ll never be more than a squatter. We are secure about our land and I don’t have to explain anything to you.

            Are you developing your own land yet? I hear ibo land is just as bad as the ibo parasite, full of snakes and such. Good luck.

          • simssoon

            Good for using the name region,the state and national assembly were done now let´s see who become the next Oba after Akiolu.you will be forced to speak another language to the next Oba or maybe with a changed name Igwe or Sariki i bet you.

          • Proud Yoruba

            Yeah, good luck with that!

          • Proud Yoruba

            Okay call it the Benin empire, if you want, when you get there speak to them in Benin language, when you get to the state assembly, where they speak Yoruba, you can speak to them in Benin.

            Honestly, this plan of yours to try to take Lagos away from the Yoruba, how will you do it? You think you can annex Lagos all the way from the SE? Or you think because you buy property there, you can claim ownership?

            fashola started this experiment of creating a mega city, and now he is out May 29. We are not doing that anymore. We are reducing our population drastically and it will be ibo parasites that have to go, particularly since you don’t respect the Oba.

            #IGBOGOHOME

          • simssoon

            Lol there are many languages there even in the state assembly.you can google it if you so wish.

          • simssoon

            my dear i agree sw region but disagree on Yoruba land.Or do you need to hear from historians.Well you can see that the state assembly is well ballanced ,maybe we wait and see who becaomes the next Oba .

          • Proud Yoruba

            Your thoughts don’t matter and can’t change facts, so I really don’t care what you say, ibo parasites always peddle lies so that they can steal. Go back to your homeland, you will never prosper in Lagos again, Oba has spoken.

            You can’t even vote for a governor in your land, yet you think you can comment on the politics of people who are better than you. We choose not to squat in iboland and have absolutely no interest in your politics. You can steal a seat here or there, but it was just God’s way of alerting the benevolent Yorubas to ibo parasites’ evil ways, now that you have reminded us of your evil ways again, we will take care of business.

            #IGBOMUSTGO

    • OmoLasgidi

      Thank you o – excellent perspective. It will be a good idea if some of our IBO patriots can also rise up in defence of Yorubas/Hausas indegenes who have been trying to acquire land in Aba, Onitsha or Enugu, despite living most of their lives there?

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      I do have to agree with you. The constitution does not allow for residency rights (although Rivers, Bauchi, and Sokoto did amend theirs). I think that the federal constitution has to be amended to ensure everyone’s rights in states of residence. We know what it takes to resolve a lot of these problems, the question is will the politicians have the will to resolve this issue.

    • enyibinakata

      So this makes ‘one Nigeria’ a fallacy. Right ?

  • Doro-Boss Onuoha

    Well lets not be fooled, the presidential election was an eye opener for the ndigbo people, it was like the biafra war season2 and the ndigbo people did not see it coming until after Jega announce that result, the mockery we got from mostly the yorubas show that it was planned and the oba statement was to cement it all, hmmmm ndigbo are watching, mind you it was awolowo who told the hausas what to do during biafra war season1, now its tinubu and obasanjo pushing the huasas again

    • D1

      The writing had been on the wall for this Igbo sycophants to see, but refused to. CPC from the north and APC from southwest, came together to form a party (APC), what do you expect? O course, majority carries the day!
      I wouldn’t want to turn this into ethnicity, because I have so many Igbo friends that voted for APC, but for few like you that thought this was a betrayal, what do you expect?

      • Doro-Boss Onuoha

        Mr. Man, remember it was the same northern that deny MKO and also k— him, i see the yorubas are forming strong alliance with the hausas ahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahaahahahah,

        • D1

          MKO issue is dead and buried! We have since moved on, just so you know, MKO’s daughter is a major supporter of Buhari. Hausas and all the players involved have since learnt their lessons, never to repeat the same mistake. That was the real reason why GEJ had the support of the Southwest during the Yaradua’s cabal debacle.
          Obviously, we are very different from the Igbos that keep referring to the past, blaming everyone, refusing to accept their own mistakes and keep stoking the embers of ethnic diversity.

          • enyibinakata

            Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

        • enyibinakata

          Don’t mind them. They have then memory of a fish. Madness – doing the same over and over again and expecting something different.

          The Yoruba’s may not like us Igbo’s but we love them, appreciate their culture (ashoebi etc) , attend their churches. Despite all of this, most of them remain so envious of us. Pa Awo, reduced my forebear’s bank account to £20 and yet, we are stronger than ever.

          Guys, whom God has blessed, none can curse.

          • How Manage

            Yes and you should go and bless your land

      • Proud Yoruba

        You are liar because the election results don’t back you up. No ibo parasite voted for APC. You just want to buy yourself time to remain in Yorubaland.

    • ttjijo

      The yoruba voted for Jonathan in 2011. And even in 2015 over 40 percent of Yorubas voted Jonathan. Our votes were not from tribalistic sentiments. If I had regular power supply I would have not only voted but campaigned for Jonathan. corruption, inflation were part of d reasons d Yorubas voted out Jonathan. For the Yorubas the 2015 vote was not a matter of ethnicity but about who d move Nigeria forward.

      • Doro-Boss Onuoha

        It is very clear what is happening. after the elections what did the ndigbo people got mockery, @ttjijo i see you as the only yoruba person making sense here, am a Lagos bred to any level, Jonathan is far far better than obasanjo me and you know it, but still obj ruled for 2 term why is Jona’s own different. well let me tell it is the northerners that left this country the way it, so what is the difference?

  • Adedapo

    I am totally disappointed with Chimamanda Adichie. I didnt even bother
    finishing the article cos it was absolutely baseless. Lagos is for the
    Yorubas, Enugu is for the Ibos and Kaduna is for the Yoruba, being a
    commercial hub doesn’t change that! If anyone comes from nowhere to
    distablize the political balance of a someone’s else land, he should actually be thrown into the lagoon! Not saying the Lagos Ibo are against
    the ruling party but they should let themselves be used! Go back to
    your states and vote out the incompetent leaders you got there!

    • D1

      Say it as it is, like it!

    • enyibinakata

      Wither ‘one Nigeria’ ?

      Seriously, the concept of one Nigeria is as fallacious as ever !

    • Proud Yoruba

      We have won the first battle by getting Ambode there, we’ll keep winning till every ibo is out of our land. This was God’s way of opening our eyes to their evil, we were very naive. When God opened my eyes to what the ibo parasites did in my life while they called themselves friends, I could not believe it. Since I cut them off, my life has been unbelievable. They are PURE EVIL. stay away from them. GOD will open your eyes

  • Abbey

    Who will the flies support if not the host to a festering wound? Chimamanda’s trite has only unwittingly defended the Oba’s position rather than the chastisement she designed it to be. The golden rule is to put yourself in the position of the same Oba and his subjects and judge from this perspective. It takes a less prejudiced mindset to see where the Oba is coming from.

  • AgbaT

    The problem is Tinubu that started giving Ibos a post of commissioner in Lagos and I think this does not let Ibos know that there is boundary between the true indigenes and visitors in Lagos. This has to be stopped until the Ibos too allow Yorubas these types of opportunity in their states. And should stop thinking that they are part of indigenes of Lagos until they allow Yoruba to do the same in their states. Yorubas can not buy ordinary lands in Ibo land so why are they asking Yorubas to accept them beyond coming to do business and go back? So let us call a spade a spade Ibos are not indigenes in Lagos. They should do their business and go back peacefully. That is it. Otherwise they should change their attitudes to Yoruba in their states too.

    • Proud Yoruba

      Please do your self a favor, stay away from ibos, they are no good. Since I became ibo free, my life has never been better. You have no idea the amount of evil they are capable of, i pray God will reveal them to you and all Yorubas.

  • AgbaT

    Rivers state that is even having the same boundary with Abia state can not allow Ibos the opportunity we have allowed Ibos in Lagos. Any Ibo man that wants to play politics should go back to their states. There is no need for us to be deceiving ourselves on this.

  • Kola Sadiq

    This is not time for all d ranting. We have a new Govt coming in, and we should now think and share ideas on the way forward. We waste our time on no issues and give way for the politicians who are born of the same mother do their dirty businesses. I have Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba friends here and there, very sound minded people with characters worthy of emulation. The problem is prefer money and selfishness to the unity of this nation. Our Govt. will hear and respect us when we speak one reasonable voice. WE HAVE TO CONDEMN OUTRIGHTLY any evil statement capable of creating division. Believe in who we are and not the language we speak. Let us not justify those who say Nigeria should be divided. God bless NIGERIA!

    • Nwachinemere

      God bless you too for this piece. The masses (and therefore the youths) of this nation should understand that it is our future that it is at stake. No particular ethnic group would be better off than the other from any crisis and violence driven dis-integration of Nigeria. This is no longer the Nigeria of the 60s. Every one can afford guns, common individuals can even attract the help of foreign world powers not to talk of groups. Let us all avoid inciting comments and try not to underestimate each other. Instead of following the foot steps of most of our leaders who are mostly old and corrupt, we should rather join together and make them accountable to us no matter whom he or she is, and no matter the means through which the person ascended into power or the platform through which they were elected. Igbos, be patient and try to let go of the grievances. To the entire Lagos State occupants: I believe we all know the positive contribution of the businesses of the Igbos to the economy of Lagos. With good governance and leadership Lagos will become the commercial and manufacturing hub of Africa, let us not allow anybody to destroy that future of ours. United we stand, divided we fall.

    • Proud Yoruba

      You don’t have ibo friends. the beginning of a good life is to be ibo free. Stick with your own tribe.

      You have no idea how much evil the ibo parasites have done to you, thank God for your life and avoid ibo parasites like ebola. Take this advice and you’ll see.

  • Bash

    The Oba’s threat should not be taken as a joke or a mistaken word. Like the saying goes “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth “speaker”. The Oba has been killing the Igbo’s for a long long time. He has been killing them covertly by burning there shops, using area boys to torment traders at the famous Balogun market. An average Igbo man’s life is his business. The Oba through his agents and his area boys has continued to covertly kill and destroy businesses belonging to Igbo people at balogun market and Lagos island. how come that business in Balogun goes up in flames every few months and each of the fire starts around 12pm midnight. After the fire, the local area boys will move-in to close the shop because of the fire. The owners of the shop will be forced to pay heavy sums to the local area boys and the council. The Oba is only promising more deaths to the Igbos. He has been killing them for long.

  • Bash

    The Oba’s threat should not be taken as a joke or a mistaken word. Like the saying goes “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth “speaket”. The Oba has been killing the Igbo’s for a long long time. He has been killing them covertly by burning there shops, using area boys to torment traders at the famous Balogun market. An average Igbo man’s life is his business. The Oba through his agents and his area boys has continued to covertly kill and destroy businesses belonging to Igbo people at balogun market and Lagos island. how come that business in Balogun goes up in flames every few months and each of the fire starts around 12pm midnight. After the fire, the local area boys will move-in to close the shop because of the fire. The owners of the shop will be forced to pay heavy sums to the local area boys and the council. The Oba is only promising more deaths to the Igbos. He has been kiling the Igbos for so so long.

    • D1

      What warped reasoning! This is easy, move your shop to the east and expect no killing from anyone, same Nigerians live in the east.

    • JJ

      But majority of shops in Balogun market are owned by the Yorubas.

    • Arazqi eidowuo

      Out of the aboundance of the heart the mouth ”speket” good adage, the fact is that, the mouth speak what the eye see, what Yoruba eye see in relation to Igbo behavour in our Yoruba Land is too of provocation, why this Igbo should be working against the wish of Yoruba King and his people on our kingship land, can we Yoruba do same to Igbo in their land. Igbo now draging for polical post in Yoruba Lagos, all these Igbo act is of provoction to Yoruba, do Yoruba drag for political post with Igbo people in their land. Eko[Lagos] is just a dot within Yoruba land space, the Igbo should rememeber that, state was fraudly impose to us not of Yoruba design, and our name is not ‘state’, our name reflect whom we are, through name of our sub dailect we recorgnised our Yoruba brethren, and Igbo of today do not fall under this catigory, and the trust of vote and whom to be voted for in our land fall under this our Yoruba brethren. Igbo display themselves as our silient enemy, as Chinua chebe told them to work silientlly, that your working silientlly would not work in Yoruba land, but in your Igbo land. Our king does not hate any body, he was making jokes with some Igbo friends, like he will crak same jokes with any clans without any tribal sentiment. In fact who ever work agains any of our kings and their people, will die, just like who ever work against the wish of ‘Obi of Onisha’ and his people in Igbo land will die, so therefore who ever work against our Oba in Eko[Lagos] would die in Lagoon. and people should understand that Lagos is an abstrct sound of Yoruba verb ‘LAGO’ means ‘it float’ or ‘that float’ which is the nature of Lagos, the portugues can never explain the linguistic derivation of the noun Lagos in their language, in a way to correspond the enviromental nature of Lagos. Yoruba word ‘Lago’ portugues abstract term ‘Lago’s’ latter Lagos. i don’t hate Igbo but respect our king and his people because you live in our land, our togetherness is to the federal union, but every ethnics in nigeria union have to be conscious of their ethnic boundary, when you come to my place, i ment my Yoruba land, first of all accept my people, love them, lean their language , love their culture, and do what it take them to accept you as part of us, ll these condition re sme condition any ethnic of the world including Igbo would demand from their foreigner before they can ccept him or she as part of them, nd these are the codition Yoruba demanding from Igbo and others for peacefull co-existent if not there is a clash head, i wish for peace to reign.

  • taewo

    Let me say clearly that I don’t support the statement made by the Oba of Lagos and I think it it was a great mistake on his part. He ought to be the father of all ethnic groups in his domain.

    On the other hand, I’m concerned that the Igbos in the south west may begin to face the same problem confronting them in the northern parts of the country.

    First, from all indications, they are now firmly in the politics of south west. The Igbos in Lagos are no longer a group that moved from the east to further their economic fortunes. They now determine which of the political parties will promote their interests, they move there en masse and they sponsor candidates for elections. That is not bad from the perspective of participatory democracy. Yet, there is the need to understand that politics is a dirty game and that politicians can use any instruments at their disposal to undermine the opponent. This is why smart business people donate to different political parties without affiliating to a specific one. Once the Igbos lose out in the political contest of the south west, the winning party may introduce policies to weaken their businesses and drive them away. That is the nature of politics and they shouldn’t complain.

    Second, I feel that the Igbo group were not diplomatic in handling the controversy with the Oba of Lagos. I listened to the tape and I heard their leaders laughing as the man spoke. By recording the oba’s speech and distributing it widely on the Internet at a crucial election time, I would say that they were again playing a high wire politics and neither the Oba of Lagos nor the APC leaders in the state will forget too soon. Would that have happened if the meeting was convened by the Obi of Onitsha?

    I’m sure that the Igbos are doing their calculations.

    • D1

      I strongly agree with your analysis. As long as we condemned Oba Akiolu’s statement, we should also realize this Igbo group took it as banter, and were remorseful. Even responded to the Oba’s speech in amusement. Why not show their grievance and objection immediately?
      I will reiterate here that I feel we should move on and mend fences, but if Ndigbo keep referring to the matter, then it is what it is!
      You can’t be living peacefully in someones enclave regardless that we are citizens, and continue to play politics of ethnicity and religious divide, and not expect any backlash.

      • delacruz

        Agbage is not an IGBO man.

    • LagLon

      nonsense. igbos saw gej as open and free and in fairness supported him as an underdog that should be allowed to complete 8 years. simple.

      lets see the reality of the apc leadership and lets hope that the dubai of the sw translates nationally… rofl. democracy isn’t easy, but the lady writes well though in my view she should not waste ink or her talents… the actions in the north and comments by the oba are amusing – is this what we voted for? well no.

      it has been said .. the calculations you mention have occurred.. those that remain are those that remain. the se think differently ..maybe not politically but certainly logically. their short term ‘undoing’ will drive our long term success. this ‘defeat’ couldnt have come at a better time!!! in the se there will be ‘change’ too. whilst the rest of the country thinks itll sip oil dosh ..the se will getback to work. real change. it’ll just take time.

      gej’s peaceful acceptance at the centre has abrogated any violent response or even cross party persecution (the safest place to be corrupt now is the PDP they’ll figure that out soon..woe defectors!!) and a tired and clumsy GMB will understand that democracy isnt as much fun as being a dictator!!

      • dudu

        Underdog my foot! This is not 2011

        • Oba of mumuness

          Dude or mumu please keep up your stupidity. Am lovin it.

        • LagLon

          he is an underdog.. meaning from a minority tribe. buhari starts with 10m votes.. gej was president but actually he fought everyday to simply stay above water. at the end of it the fighting was too much for him. but well done to him for going. i hope the ijaws et al remain peaceful…

    • Arazqi eidowuo

      Nigeria should practised their democracy in a way that correspond our social settlement, all states should issue out state citizenship card to their people, and if you are not from a state you have no right to vote or stand for election in their local election, the message is that, go to your state and vote or stand for election in your local election, yes, you can vote for federal election any where you are, and in fact everybody vote should becounted to his or her state of origin. Let imagine an igbo man become governor of Lagos Yoruba land, through fraud of vote, and rule Yoruba all along with their king, what can not happen in Igbo land, would never happen in Yoruba land, Yoruba we never allow any salient enemy robbed their land heritage from them through bastered democracy that do not correspond our social settlement. Lexicon interpretation of democracy is ‘government of the people by the people and for the people’. Let us get it clear at this point, Igbo or any other ethnic in Lagos are not Yoruba so they do not flt under this lexicon interpretation of democracy, because they are not of Yoruba Lagos indigineous nor they are of Yoruba Lagos indiginous brethren, accept one among nigerian non Yoruba ethnic that his or her spirit is under Yoruba values and have citizeship card of Yoruba state he or she live, Our collectiveness is federal but it’s logical for every ethnic that form nigeria to respectlly protect their land from any other ethnic invation. Although all nigeria citizen have right to live any where they like within nigeria land space as nigerian citizen, but we still need to respect our ethnical boundary, i think is high time Yoruba leaders have to fight it out at both federal and state level, that if you are not indiginous of a state you can vote or stand for election in their local elections. and that is the democracy that correspond our social settlement in this atificial country call nigeria. To this end our king Akinolu of Lagos only craking jokes, and Igbo carry it other way, to suit their tribalistic interest why all time exsclate every little problem into ethnical différence, are they the only people in nigeria. Our great leaders Tinubu, Fahola and host of other pass an apology for for the Igbo on behave Oba of Lagos , despite the Oba did not meaan what he say,he only craking jokes with his Igbo friends, what these people want again, Yoruba ’emu-ra nitori idagiri, ota le gba si le’, in fact is time nigeria have to re-examine their constitution, and restructure our democratic constitutional code, in a way it would suit our social settlement, imagine if Yoruba don’t have population what would be the faith of Yoruba indiginous of Lagos. why Yoruba vote is for APC is because Yoruba see APC as party that represent their interest, day indigineus of a state are only allow to vote in a state election other party my marge to governor sit in Lagos, because they we see the vote s the will of their real ethnical brethren.

    • soma

      Taewo wen you see the truth don’t cover it. I thank God Jesus didn’t come through Africa. Black man black heart.

  • Arkhuma

    So what is different in all what have been said and what is being said here. Irrespective of how one looks at it, lessons have been learnt on the incidence especially by the Oba as to how to express your sentiments in an age of pervasive multi media. We could go on here to list all ethnic inspired prejudice that have been said by one ethnic nationality against the other. This is not uncommon in a complex society such as ours where each believes that it is superior to the others by one rule of thumb or another. But whether we like it or not, we have to move on from the statement of the Oba and continue to seek the mutual respect of each other.

  • Dr. Kay

    What everyone fails to realize is that playing the victim and hunting in packs like hyenas has always been the igbos first and last card when things get testy and controversial . They stoke the embers of victimization to its utter extreme, they never in majority of cases see anything wrong with any of their kinsmen especially if they are in conflict with somebody of other tribe. I find it hard why majority of igbos don’t imbibe the culture of seeing humanity in every other tribe, but only looking at everything with their bigoted ,jaundiced and ethnic prism. What I’m trying to say is , getting an apology from kabiyesi is never going to happen, all good people of Yoruba leadership of note including Tinubu had apologized.
    Why milk a malnourished,sickly and highly dehydrated cow if you are not up to no good. Remember the deportation saga , many of my igbo compatriots blew it out of proportion.Let us cultivate the culture of forgiveness and forgetting them , once the former is done. Bringing out dead issues like the Biafra into a misguided statement by a king that has nothing to do with reality of it ever materializing is stretching it a bit too far. The only people fixated with Biafra are your ilks in Massob.
    Chimaamanda really disappointed me with this her shallow one sided and ethnically biased view that does not mirror the situation on the ground. Yorubas will never ethnically cleanse any tribe in our domain, is fear of the igbo coming from what they think would be the fate of other tribes if the shoe were on the other feet ,that is to say they will be the one giving the lagoon treatment. I think I should be the first of many to calm your frayed nerves that such will never be your fate in our domain. So my igbo people ,think unto others as you want others to thinks of and unto you!

    • Oba of Yoruba

      If you have two live brain cells that are not on strike, it shouldnt take much to appreciate what this fine piece of writing is about. Your reasoning is thoroughly warped and quite disturbing. This is how ignorant people like you get incited into xenophobic killings and ethnic cleansing. This is exactly how it starts! The Oba’s words should meet with outright and unequivocal condemnation. There is little wonder why the traditional rulers are becoming less and less relevant in the society As there are only a few that are not complete mmorons.

    • soma

      Dr Kay. You’re a yoruba fanatic

  • elsie

    Really, this is old news!!. Why do the igbo people always want to play victim. The oba has been chastised already and its not like the igbo people are the most accommodating set of people so ke kwanu???!!!

  • JJ

    I think the Oba’s comment was more figurative and traditional. You been advised to move on, not to be over emotional, calm down, even apologies by some highly placed Yoruba politicians. Now, don’t calm down, be over emotional, don’t move on, and apologies withdrawn, and let see what the results will bring. First, know that the Oba will never be dethroned because of this issue and the real Lagosians will never leave Lagos for you. You’re already disrespecting the tradition, the Yoruba people tradition. I will advise again that you don’t take their hospitality for granted and that you should stop flogging the issue. Also know you are doing your tribes more harms by this right up. And should it happen, it will be worse than the 60s you raised. Stop flogging the issue else it might turn around.

    • enyibinakata

      Moron.

    • Osogagba

      Move on, huh? So that tomorrow a worse outburst or even something worse will follow. Igbo people learn from history. They would not keep quiet whenever they justifiably feel their collective lives threatened especially by those in power who are perfectly capable of executing such threats. The Jews of the world have learnt from the Nazis that henceforth any official threat to jews must be publicly and continuously condemned until the whole world knows what the issue at stake is. Pogroms, ethnic cleansings, genocides and holocausts often begin slyly and harmlessly as the Oba’s comments.

      • JJ

        Outburst that your Igbo chiefs and guests laughed at. Continuing flogging it my dear igbo warriors. But just ensure there is enough food in Igbo land to last you long and start practicing the hymn ‘betrayers’ because the SS will not give you a bit of accommodation when it happens.

        • soma

          Jj or juju you Yorubas have always known to be sabotuers

  • Rebuff

    Unfortunately Chimamanda is going the wrong direction of Achebe. Your vituperation here diminishes your talent and totally indifferent from the bigotry of the Oba you disparaged in your highly uncoordinated and illogical article. Currently, Igbo people are enjoying the generosity and hospitality of the Yoruba people. A kind gesture that your Igbo people can’t and will never reciprocate. Intelligent people like you should advocate for peaceful coexistence and more opportunities for your people in a cosmopolitan Lagos, not ethnic jingoism. Stop crying after spilled milk and discourage chauvinism with your talent. The more you write about act of threat to your tribe, the more people get agitated, feel that Igbo motives in Lagos are sinister and its repository of anticipatory reciprocal ethic struggle. You said ‘Every Nigerian should be able to live in any part of Nigeria. The only expectation for a Nigerian citizen living in any part of Nigeria is to be law-abiding’. You are very wrong, living in a place is about opportunities and prosperity. Igbos doesn’t love Lagos more than Aba, If they can get commensurate opportunities in Aba, they will leave Lagos unannounced. Also, should Lagos allow them, they would not obey Lagos laws. Ask yourself, are Igbo people creating opportunities for non-Igbos in their land? can they allow Yorubas to represent them like Yorubas did recently?are they also more accommodating then Yoruba people? A check of faculties at the University of Nigeria where you grew up will convince you.

    • Osogagba

      This is absolute rubbish. Have you ever ventured into Igboland to live and you were turned back? How many qualified academics from Yorubaland sent in applications for vacant positions at the University of Nigeria and were turned down simply because they are Yoruba? People just sit on their butts and dredge up the most despicable excuses for justifying their bigotry.

      • dudu

        I think you are simply being economical with the truth, I have done sabbatical at UNN and I know the attitude of the Igbos towards non-Igbos. Rebuff has given you a bitter pill which you find difficult to swallow. I advise the Igbos to learn to be modest in conduct even when they are justified.

        • Rebuff

          Mr. Dudu, yours is apt and germane. Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it. If you check ABU too, you’ll see different academic from diverse back grounds. In Nigeria only in Igbo Universities that is so narrowly diverse and mostly unaccommodating to others. Igbo in UNILAG are not only faculty members, the current Dean of PG school is Igbo, who won deanship election against Yoruba. This can’t happen in UNN, I agree Igbo most learn to be modest in conduct.

          • Osogagba

            My dear Mr Rebuff, you can cite ABU or Unimaid or whereever you like as perfect examples of hospitality to none indigenous academics even though I am sure that if I lay hands on and study the academic staff list at UI, Unilag and OAU I am very certain there will be NO, yes ZERO, academics from the North in any of those universities. And what would that display statistics imply? That Yorubas are not accommodating to Northern academics or that that Northern academics DO NOT venture outside institutions within their own perceived secure areas? How many Urhobo academics are you likely to find at the University of Jos or Benue State University? Would not finding them imply that Plateau and Benue people whose town those two universities are located in are xenophobic too? Well, I grant you your right to your opinions but I am not about to grant you the licence to libel a people as xenophobic when there is absolutely no reason for that. I live in Northern Nigeria myself and work with a federal establishment. Sometimes my Northern colleagues, for reasons not unrelated to the subject of this discussion, ask me why I still live in the North if the East was so great. And I tell them: provide all the Federal opportunities in the West and the North lacking in the East out of a deliberate scorched-earth policy of successive past military and civilian administrations towards the South East because of Biafra and see if I would be here in the North more second. I grew up in the East and am very comfortable with the life there all things being equal. Those who always cry that you do not see enough representation of other people in the SEast relative to the number of Igbos in other parts of the country know the reason for that but refuse to acknowledge it. Igboland was deliberately denuded and no one goes to a political and economic desert. That is simply the bitter truth and we must face up to it.

          • Rebuff

            Hi Mr. Osogagba, thanks for yours above and I’m glad that you’re more modest than earlier proclamations. Any institution that deliberately focus its recruitment towards ethnic or narrow interest will never be competitive and cannot rank among the best. The beauty of life is in diversity, in UI, OAU and UNILAG that you listed I’ve checked their list of faculty in a comparative manner especially faculty of science.There are Igbo Professors there as well as many junior academics. As an individual, I’m proud of this and I even want more brilliant Igbo people and other people from different tribes and countries to get more opportunities to project their careers even up to VC in these institutions. Each state now has its own federal university, there must be deliberate effort by Igbo people to attract other tribes to these Universities. At the moment the list of UNN that I posted earlier is mind boggling and its highly unacceptable to see a whole faculty without any other tribe except Igbo. Because you live outside your tribe, you may not be xenophobic, but facts before me shows clearly that Igbos are taking opportunities in other lands but unfortunately not sensitive to the fact that these tribes are not getting commensurate benefits, hence not reciprocating similar kind gesture either by design or default. As you wrongly posited, Igbo was not deliberately denuded, Igbo fought and lost a war, since that period you and your people refused to move on as if they are the only tribe that is marginalized or disadvantaged in Nigeria. In less than 30 years after the said war, Igbo produced vice president, low and behold this is a landmark and can only happen in Nigeria.

          • Bimbo

            My brother wrote a recruitment test at diamond bank owned by the dozie’s years back, as recruitments go there was a huge number of people of different tribes and ethnicities at the venue since qualification for writing the test was just basically having a degree and dropping your CV. After the test results were released I followed him to check whether he passed and on going through the results realized ONLY Igbo people passed! Everybody on the pass list was IGBO! The only people who were from other tribes were from the SS! I was in shock, didn’t understand how a financial organization could be so ethnically biased!

          • Osogagba

            Please Mr Bimbo, go round Diamond bank branches across Nigeria from Ibadan to Port Harcourt, from Akure to Bauchi, from Calabar to Ekiti, from Kaduna to Warri, from Aba to Ilorin etc. If you don’t see Yorubas, Igbos, Hausas, Uhrobos, Ibibios, Binis, Idomas etc all working there, then come back to me and I’ll be the first to acknowledge your allegation as true. And I ask you: if people of other ethnic groups do in fact work in Diamond bank, then how did they get in if Igbo people alone pass Diamond bank recruitment tests?

        • Osogagba

          Being modest has nothing to do with being unaccepted. You did a sabbatical at UNN, right? I am assuming you are not Igbo. Now, doesn’t that destroy your thesis that Igbos are not accommodating? I would think that an unaccommodating people would invariably not permit someone like you who isn’t one of them to do even a sabbatical.

          • How Manage

            His firsthand experience supports his assertion that ibos are xenophobic in their region

          • Osogagba

            What first hand experience? That a xenophobic people accepted him to do a sabbatical in their xenophobic institution, right?

          • How Manage

            If he had felt welcome there he would have stayed right? Like your brothers do when they visit our welcoming lands

          • Osogagba

            You really display your crass ignorance and it is a waste of time reasoning with you. Ask someone to bring you up to speed because you ought to know that sabbaticals are not permanent positions. People who do sabbaticals come from elsewhere presumably as academic staff of where they are coming from and understand that upon the completion of their sabbaticals they are expected to return to where they came from.

          • How Manage

            Well then, explain that to your kinfolk who come up to SW for Sabbatical and NEVER LEAVE. Of course who can blame them? they find themselves in a warm and welcoming , forward thinking , liberal and non-xenophobic environment its no wonder they decide to stay and also go and fetch all their family. But the SE must be made to come out of denial and reciprocate this hospitality to Yorubas- concentrate efforts on opening up the SE to non Igbos and do something about eradicating the existing xenophobia.

          • Osogagba

            Maybe you should come and help the South East open itself up by removing the menacing Iron Curtain there that fends off your type of insular Yorubas from venturing into Igboland, abi?

          • How Manage

            Where Ibo son of the soil like Okorocha failed? Besides we can’t do EVERYTHING for you now can we? Provide a conducive environment for development in the SW , AND ALSO the SE?? Ibos must work on developing other strengths besides mushroom retailing shops. Time for you all to THINK BIG like the Yorubas. The amount of effort and time put into denying that SE is xenophobic would be better employed making it less so

          • Osogagba

            Crap. Infantile drivel.

        • Proud Yoruba

          The beginning of a good life it to be free of ibos.

          • Vee Oby

            That’s exactly what the Igbos have always wanted. You lazy fools are the ones that clamor for one Nigeria. Why fight to keep Igbos in Nigeria when they openly wanted out? You have just shown your deep rooted hatred and jealousy for Igbos but can’t afford to live without them.

          • Proud Yoruba

            You can leave anytime once you determine how to take your land-locjked states with you, but you can’t take other peoples land like you tried to do before.

            We don’t like ibos,we don’t want ibos in our land, we can afford to live without ibos, please just go to your villages.

          • Cemanplus

            I am very very sure you must have loved to marry an IBO but was not opportuned, I sense that, Doh!!!

      • Rebuff

        Mr Osogagba, please look at the academic staff list for Faculty of Science at UNN and compare with similar Faculty in UNILAG. You can make you point without using derogatory word like rubbish.

        Biochemistry Department

        Prof. ALUMANAH, Edwin Olisah

        Prof. Chilaka, Ferdinand Chiemeka

        Prof. EZEANYIKA, Lawrence Uchenna Sunday

        PROF. NJOKU, OBIOMA UZOMA

        Prof. Nwodo, Okwesili Fred Chiletugo

        PROF. ONWUBIKO, HENRY AMAECHI

        Prof. Onwurah, Ikechukwu Noel Emmanuel

        Prof. Uzoegwu, Peter Nzeemndu

        DR. ANOSIKE, CHIOMA ASSUMPTA

        DR. ENECHI, OSMUND CHUKWUMA

        Dr. EZE, Sabinus Oscar Onyebuchi

        DR. EZEKWE, CHIBUZO IHEKERENMA

        DR. JOSHUA, PARKER ELIJAH

        Dr. Nwanguma, Bennett Chima

        Dr. Ubani, Chibuike Samuel

        DR. OGUGUA, VICTOR NWADIOGBU

        AGU, CHIDOZIE VICTOR

        Egbuna, Patrick Anthony Chukwuka

        IKWUAGWU, OGBONNAYA EGBE

        Awachie, Mabel Nkiruka

        NJOKU, UGOCHI OLIVIA (Mrs.)

        Ozougwu, Vincent Okechukwu

        OKONKWO, CHRISTOPHER CHUKWUDI

        OSSAI, Emmanuel Chekwube

        UDENWOBELE, Daniel Ikenna

        OZULUMBA, Tochukwu Jennifer

        ILOABUCHI, Kenechukwu Victor

        Botany Department

        PROF. EZEONU, IFEOMA MAUREEN

        DR. ENEMUOR, SIMEON CHUKWUEMEKA

        Dr. Eze, Chibuzor Nwadibe

        DR. EZE, EMMANUEL ANIEBONAM

        Dr Mrs. Alfreda O. Nwadinigwe

        DR. NWAGU, Tochukwu Nwamaka

        DR. NWUCHE, CHARLES OGUGUA

        Dr. Onwosi, Chukwudi Ogbonnaya

        AMADI, ONYETUGO CHIOMA

        Nweze, Emeka Innocent (PhD)

        Okpala, Gloria Ngozi

        NNAMCHI, CHUKWUDI INNOCENT

        Onuora, Valentino Chisom

        Dr Abu Ngozi E

        Microbiology Department

        ASSOC. PROF. (Mrs.) NWADINIGWE, ALFREDA O.

        DR. AJUZIOGU, GODSWILL CHUKWUNONSO

        Prof. James Chukwuma Ogbonna

        OKPALA, GLORIA NGOZI

        Dr Chigor, Vincent Nnamdigadi

        Prof Ifeoma Maureen Ezeonu,

        Prof. Jesophine I. Okafor

        Prof. Christian Ukwuoma Iroegbu

        Prof. James C. Ogbonna

        Professor Jerry O. Ugwuanyi

        Prof. Chukwudi U. Anyanwu

        Prof. Anene Nwabu Moneke

        Rev. Sr. Uju Marie-Esther Dibua, Ph.D.

        Emmanuel Aniebonam Eze Ph.D

        ARINZE S. OKOLI, P hD.

        Anthony Chibuogwu Ike, Ph D.

        Chibuzor N. Eze, Ph.D.

        Ogbonnaya Nwokoro, Ph.D.

        Charles O. Nwuche, Ph.D.

        Nnamchi Chukwudi Innocent

        Nweze Emeka Innocent M.Sc, PhD, AIMLS

        ENEMUOR, SIMEON CHUKWUEMEKA, Ph.D.

        Tochukwu Nwamaka NWAGU

        Chukwudi Ogbonnaya Onwosi, Ph.D.

        Ozoilo John Chidozie

        JOSEPH ONYEONOVO MBAWUIKE

        Nwike, Bessie Nmaegbunam

        Ugboaja, Oluchi Magdalene

        Ntun, Ntun Nkwam

        Oseke Chris Ifeanyichukwu

        Reginald C. Agu

        Onyetugo Chioma Amadi, PhD

        Vincent Nnamdigadi Chigor, PhD

        CHIBUZOR N. EZE (Ph.D)

        Simeon C. Enemuor (PhD)

        EZE, EMMANUEL ANIEBONAM (Ph.D)

        Professor Ikechukwu Nosike S. Dozie

        Ifeoma Maureen Ezeonu (Ph.D)

        MBADUGHA CHIDIMMA LINDA

        IKE, ANTHONY CHIBUOGWU

        Anthony Christian Mgbeahuruike’s

        Anene Nwabu Moneke, Ph.D.

        Ndubuisi Ifeanyi Amara

        NWOKORO, Ogbonnaya Ph.D

        Dr. Nwuche, Charles Ogugua

        Prof Frederick John Chidi Odibo

        Prof. James C. Ogbonna

        OJOBOR CHIDOZIE DONALD

        OKPALA, GLORIA NGOZI

        Mr. Onuora Valentino

        Onwosi Chukwudi Ogbonnaya, PhD.

        Obianuju O. Onyia

        Ugonabo, Joseph Anozie Chinagolu

        Zoology Department

        Dr. Nwani, Christopher Didigwu

        Dr. Obiezue, Nduka N. R.

        ONAH, IKECHUKWU EUGENE

        Prof. Ubachukwu, Patience Obiageli

        ODII, ELIJAH CHIBUEZE

        ONYISHI, GRACE CHINENYE

        ASOGWA, NORMAN CHINWEIKE

        Prof. MGBENKA, Bernard Obialo

        Dr Okoye, Ikem Chris Senior Lecturer

        Dr Nduka N. Rose Obiezue Senior Lecturer

        Okafor Fabian Chukwuemenam Professor

        • Osogagba

          Since you are interested in absolute demographics, maybe you should also compare the population of Yorubas in Nsukka town relative to the number of academics in the university there with the population of Igbos in Lagos relative to the number of lecturers. Since your orange is the same thing as your apples, let’s go further and comapare Nsukka, an almost provincial backwater to Lagos which is not only Nigeria’s most cosmopolitan city but its economic nerve centre and the former political capital of the country. I insist that your example misses the point.

          • How Manage

            Your hatefilled kinfolk make it near IMPOSSIBLE for Yorubas to live among you in the East. Simple

          • Osogagba

            Yorubas live in the East. It’s timid clannish types like you who can’t venture beyond their cradle that live and die in Yoruba. Those not like you come to Igboland, live prosper and become part of the great Eastern mosaic. Get used to your narrow mindedness and stop seeing yourself as an example of other outgoing Yoruba people.

          • How Manage

            The reality in the SE belies your hypocritical statements here. There is NO great eastern mosaic, lol. Only loads of xenophobic Ibo people who behave hatefully towards Yorubas.

          • Osogagba

            How would you know of the Igbo mosaic since you have never ever left the insularity of your backwater village? And you think all Yorubas are like your timid unadventuristic self? The good news is that Yoruba people like you who are so scred of their shadows that they hardly venture out beyond their homestead are in the very minority. The Yorubas who live and mix with Igbos and Hausa and Ibibios and so many others in Owerri, Enugu, Onitsha etc have wonderfully put a lie to your abject fear of yourself.

          • How Manage

            Tell me more then, about this great ibo mosaic that seem to have no internet access being that it only exists in your mind. All over the internet we hear of ibos in festac, ibadan, ladipo, ajegunle etc . All the time they come up on different fora spewing bile for Yorubas despite living alongside yorubas in yoruba land. Not once has there been a yoruba representative of your so called eastern mosaic on the internet . Tsk! Tsk! You ought to have grown out of making things up just to score a point by now.

        • Proud Yoruba

          This is very revealing, we Yourybas feed the entire SE. This has to stop. Any Yoruba hires ibo parasites, buys anything from them, or rents then a place, they will live to regret it. We really must uproot them from our land.

          No wonder, they are always doing rituals, they have tied Yorubas down so that they can steal from them. Most Yorubas are naive about ibo’s evil machinations and intent towards them, but God is revealing all now.

          • Osogagba

            The sad news for a miserable soul like you is that not all Yorubas are so insecure and bigotted as you. As long as human beings continue to exist, Igbos and Yorubas will continue to relate cordially and there is nothing any insecure person like you with your pitiable inferiority complex can do about it. Yorubas will always like Igbos and Igbos Yorubas no matter what your prejudiced soul thinks. Look yourself in the mirror. The biggest ritualist of all is you miserable soul languishing in your spiritual prison of hatred.

          • Proud Yoruba

            You can call names all you want, it will never erase the hate we Yorubas have for ibo parasites like you. #IGBOGOHOME

          • How Manage

            You are such a liar. Pitiful

          • delacruz

            Dude you are a very funny person. You feel the Igbos are using black magic on the Yorubas. If an Igbo man wants to be the governor of Lagos state there is nothing wrong with it. Please stop being primitive. Lagos state is not a village. We operate on a democratic system of government. I disappointed in you.

          • Proud Yoruba

            Yes, i do think ibos are using some kind of magic on the Yorubas. Write this down now and never forget it, An ibo can never rule Yorubas! Forget being governor of Lagos, it can never happen, not ever. You have your own land to develop, have you done it? But you want to come and cause mischief in our politics, you see how most of your states can not resolve their governorship elections, this is just a small punishment for interfering in our politics. soon, you’ll be out of our land.

          • delacruz

            Dude I do not live in Lagos.

          • THE WORD OF GOD

            WATCH WHAT YOU SAY, IT MAY HAVE EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE:

            “The power of the tongue is life and death those who love to talk will eat what it produces.” (Prov.18:21)
            “The positive words that a man speaks fill his stomach; he will be satisfied with what his lips produce.”(Prov.18:20)
            “Whoever watches his mouth and tongue keeps himself from trouble.”(Prov 21:23)

          • Proud Yoruba

            Good, I know it will produce what I want soon, an ibo-free Lagos!

          • The Voice of Reason

            The earth and everything in it exists for the Lord the world and those who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)
            Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)

          • Proud Yoruba

            Who is we, Jesus Freak?

            Another ibo parasite using God to cover up dastardly acts, this is not a new strategy, try something else, we are not falling for your voodoo!

          • The Voice of Reason

            The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.(1 John 4:8)
            He who, being often reproved, hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed—and that without remedy- Prov 29:1

      • How Manage

        Stop telling lies ! Mechionu that your rotten lying mouth. You must think we are blind. You make outsiders very very very unwelcome in the East. We know it, the world knows it. Instead of you to work on that, you try and silence people who dare to speak up. You are filled with teeming hatred of other people of Nigeria and no amount of longwinded wordy articles can hide that.

        • Osogagba

          Continue to wallow in your self-pity there while other Yorubas who do not have your inferiority complex are busy leading good and successful lives with their Igbo neighbours in Enugu, Owerri, Aba, Onitsah, Awka and Umuahia.

    • How Manage

      You kn ow what? Adichie should be advocating more opportunities for every Nigerian in ABA! In ENUGU! UMUAHIA! Etc etc ibos always DEMANDING from others what they will never give. And we all pander to their selfish, criminal , arrogant , disgraceful ways .

      • Rebuff

        Don’t mind the ‘yeye’ girl. She very primitive and wallowing in ethnic mind set.

  • Passionate about Nigeria

    Very disappointing publication by Chimamanda…I was previously of the view that people pick on the Igbos but after this election and having seen their conduct, they are horrible people. Give them an inch, they take a mile. I now see why the Hausas got rid of them – it wasn’t right but I understand why.

    • Osogagba

      “…I was previously of the view that people pick on the Igbos but after
      this election and having seen their conduct, they are horrible people.
      Give them an inch, they take a mile. I now see why the Hausas got rid
      of them – it wasn’t right but I understand why.” Mister, guess what? You are an absolute hypocrite, and worse than the Hausas whom you just indicted as savages here. Why? because with the Hausas Igbo at least know what to expect. Folks like you deceive others that you are nice but deep down your malevolence is only waiting for a trigger to erupt towards the Igbos. Just as it has again happened here with your telling comment.

      • Proud Yoruba

        So! stop attacking Yorubas, they are superior to you. Go back to your land and develop it.

        • Osogagba

          No Yoruba person worth his salt would be proud to present an ignoramus like you as an example of the highly enlightened Yorubas. You are too crude and ignorant to represent the urbane, intelligent and sophisticated Odua nation. You can’t even make the bottom position of the most uncultured area boys anywhere.

          • Proud Yoruba

            All your abuses will not change the chant, #IGBOMUSTGO

          • Vee Oby

            You are WAY too insecure, hiding behind a keyboard and being a troll on the internet. Show your face, identify yourself and make your claim if you have an ounce of credibility otherwise you’re a scumbag and a total waste of human space
            Proud Igbo babe!

          • Proud Yoruba

            I suppose you are so secure and not hiding, So your real name is Vee Oby? You don’t have to reply to me you know, it is a free world, if you don’t like what I write, go back to your village. Ibo parasites have nothing to be proud of.

  • new era

    “Most Igbos says they are the people that developed Lagos and made Lagos what it is today. They say without Igbos, Lagos is finished. And i keep wondering, howhas Igbos helped in shaping and developing Lagos?
    “Lets get the fact right, Igbos didn’t develop Lagos rather, it was Lagos that shaped and made the Igbos what they are today. Without igbos in Lagos, Lagos will remain Lagos and without Lagos, most Igbos may likely be nothing.
    “Reason for my assertion is that most giant and top companies that attracts millions of people across the country to Lagos are not owned by the Igbos so, how has Igbos shaped and developed Lagos?
    “This are the achievements and economic advancement Igbos gave Lagos and Lagosians; tokunbo and fake spare parts at Ladepo Market, China Electronics and pirated CDs at Alaba market, bend-down select cloths at Idumota and yaba and kotangowa market, Chinese and tokunbo computers accessories and phones at Computer village Ikeja are Igbos economical achievement and contribution to Lagos. In fact, most Igbos are causing nuisance in Lagos. A visit to this markets will tell you the amount of nuisance that Most Igbos has caused in Lagos. The environments this Igbos traders are mostly populated are always polluted with waste of all sorts, they are dirty, stinking, rough, erection of illegal shops on road, on pipeline and railway lines are encouraged in this market places that causes traffic gridlock and other dangerous acts and when Lagos state government dismantle this illegal shops, they get angry, if Lagos state government close their shops for environmental violation, they pick offence. How then has the Igbos developed Lagos?
    “As long as am concerned, PZ, COCA-COLA, 7UP, CADBURY, MTN, ZAIN, GLO, ETISALAT, DANGOTE, SHOP-RITES, GOLDEN PENNY, FLOUR MILL, INDOMIE, UNILEVER, P&G, CHI LIMITED, GUINNESS, NIGERIA BREWERIES, OANDO, CONOIL, TOTAL, MOBIL, CHEVRON, SHELL, AQUADANA, KFC, EKO HOTEL, INTER CONTINENTAL HOTEL, PROTEA HOTEL, JULIUS BERGER, RCC CONSTRUCTION, NESTLE, KPMG, GSK, FRISLAND FOOD, WAMCO, BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO, FLOUR MILL, SCHLUBEGER, AIT, SILVERBIRD TV, CHANNELS TV, LARFARGE, etc are not own by the Igbos. This companies are what attracted millions of people to Lagos.
    “Igbos shouldn’t lay claim that they develop a place by becoming nuisance. Most of the top churches in Lagos are not also owned by Igbos. House on the Rock, Redeem, Christ Embassy, Deeper life, living faith, MFM, etc are not owned by Igbos, the only church that’s reasonable that’s owned by an Igbo man is TREM, while another Igbos church Lord Chosen church encourage nuisance in Lagos and it also double as the most dirtiest church in Lagos.
    “Records shows that 75% of robbery cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 85% of ritual cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 60% of drug cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 70% of fraud cases in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 90% of pirated CDs in Lagos are carried out by Igbos, 60% of fake and Adulterated drugs in Lagos that has kill thousands of Lagosians are carried out by Igbos, in fact, most of the crimes in Lagos are related to the Igbos so how has Igbos developed Lagos when they can’t get their hands off crimes?
    “There’s no Igbo man among the top three richest people in Nigeria, so how are they successful?
    “The truth is that Igbos should be grateful that the Yorubas accommodated them in Lagos peacefully, they shouldn’t take the Meekness and kindness of the Yorubas for granted.u

    “Igbos didn’t make Lagos but its actually Lagos that made Igbos.”

    • Proud Yoruba

      And now we want them gone like yesterday.

    • Jujubeans

      Respect and decorum is required from ALL sides and so Please also acknowledge and respect the contribution of Igbos to Lagos and her economy. We are not just traders, but nurses, teachers, doctors, civil servants lawyers, accountants, company directors and on and on. You’ll find us well represented in all works of Lagos life. Furthermore, a Point of correction please. A lot of the companies you listed e.g Mobil, Nestlé etc are PLCs and are therefore owned by shareholders. A significant proportion of whom are Igbos. Also, Igbos are represented quite extensively on their boards . I.e the people who run them, for example David Ifezulike at Nestle, Alfred Ugochukwu at Unilever.

      • new era

        You guys always praise yourselves as being the most hard-working and more excellently than all other tribes. And that’s always the problem of the Ibos.
        To you, other tribes are lazy, traitors, and not worthy. i wouldn’t be surprised if you say that the Yorubas and Hausas are definitely not responsible of those who run thes reputable companies as listed. Please lets leave sentiment. The Yorubas are not lousy like the yibo and not bigotry either. That’s the main toga and the problem of the Ibos. Arrogance and complex. These traits give rise to hatred and bigotry, which are passed from generations to generations. Several generations of Ibos WOULDN’T let bygone be bygone on the civil war, and are quick to label other tribes, especially the Yorubas as cowards, lazy and traitors at every given chance.
        For Ibos to open their mouths and call Lagos a no-man’s land, and seeking to negotiate political control is a height of arrogance and display of complex. You guys said it, wrote it, and live it everyday. And you want people to keep loving the Ibos.
        Can they try such in Kano, and some other states with similar population of the Ibos? Nope.
        Ibos chose to vote for Jonathan only, and unfortunately lost out of the mainstream of the nation’s politics for the next dispensation. No Senate Presidency. No Speakership of the House of Representative.
        Let the Ibos reach out to their inner recesses and learn to respect other tribes, especially their hosts, and see themselves as never superior to any other. They should learn to play politics of inclusion and reach out to other parts of the nation.
        The truth is it is only Igbos that can make people love or hate them

        • Jujubeans

          I agree with most of what you’ve said. Especially the politics of inclusion. Not making excuses but try and understand where Igbos are coming from especially re the war. Approx. 3 Million of us died. That’s 3 MILLION. Mostly children. No other ethnic group in recent history has ever suffered such a calamity, such TRAUMA, irrespective of who’s fault it was. But having said that the war is over and we must move on. There are Igbos like me, who believe in one Nigeria. Visionaries reaching out like Rochas Okorocha. I’m highly convinced that we still don’t know how Igbos in the SE truly voted in the elections due to all the blatant and unashamed rigging by the PDP gangsters. I think they would have shocked us all had they been given the opportunity to vote freely.

  • PUN

    Please, we are one Nigeria. We all agree that the Oba’s statement is wing and as an Igbo man born, buttered and schooled in Lagos, I think we all, Igbo, Yoruba etc should move on. Truth be told, there are those who own the land and it cuts across various parts of the country. I have lived in different parts of the country and that is what you see on the street. I grew up in Lagos, higher institution in Enugu, NYSC in Ijebu-Jesa, work in Abuja. I have also spent sometime in Sokoto, Maiduguri, Potiskum etc. Fact is, there is a sense of ownership across the country and NO ONE TRIBE HAS A RIGHT TO ACCUSE THE OTHER OF TRIBALISM because deep down in our hearts, our tribes affect our thinking. As an Igbo man, born in Lagos, I hardly speak Igbo even with my Igbo wife. However, my neighbours in Abuja, who are Igbos consider me a Yoruba man and even told their children (3-6 years old children) that my son has Yoruba blood. This annoys my son and I have to take him to the village and stop speaking Yoruba in my home to convince him that he’s Igbo. Now, the poor 6 year old boy is developing some form of dislike for Yoruba and maybe Igbo because he gets angry whenever, he’s called “Ofe nmanu”. The future matters and no tribe or tongue should be allowed to destroy it.

  • Toba Emmanuel

    whaow we are in the 21st century enough of all these ethnics jabs ! afterall an Ibo/ Yoruba men have once won a government sits in UK whiteman land ,and even in USA most of their top political men and women are immigrants children.

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  • Juli

    The truth is that History keeps repeating itself, but people rarely learn from history so they keep committing the same errors over and over again. The Yoruba man will never love the Igbo Man and the Hausa man will never trust the Yoruba man, so why do we insist on One Nigeria? because we are all a bunch of hypocrites – Nigerians! The Igbos pushed for Biafra, but the Hausa and Yoruba insisted on one Nigeria, what is one about a Nigeria where you are reminded to show gratitude for being allowed to reside in a particular part of the country by giving up your right to vote for whom you choose? Until the ethnic nationalities sit in a round table and agree on the basis for our continued existence as Nigeria, clearly defining everybody’s place, we will continue to have these issues. The Igbos also live in the other parts of the world, they are in Ghana, South Africa, New York, and because they know their place there, we don’t hear of such targeted comments or victimization. Nigeria is due for a referendum, forget the charade organised by GEJ where the issues relating to ethnic nationalities and self determination were tagged as “no go area”, Each ethnic nationalities should be able to choose whether they want to be part of Nigeria or not.

    • Jujubeans

      The Igbos indeed live in other parts of the world and know their place. Which is why you’d never find them publicly boasting about how much better they are than indigenous British, American or German nationals, how jealous those nationals are of them, and how those nationals would be nowhere without them. I dare any Igbo man to try that in the US or UK… And see what sort of reaction they get from the wider public. My point being.. Respect and decorum is required on ALL sides. Once we can all do that, you’ll be amazed at how peacefully we can all live with one another.

    • Jujubeans

      And another thing? Did you ever not marvel at the reason WHY Igbos wanted to vote overwhelmingly for Jimi Agbaje? Many Igbos openly claimed that it was in retaliation for Goodluck losing. Now is that an adequate reason to vote for JK? Does that not sound like sour grapes to you? Who then started and displayed such ethnic bigotry? Finally How are Yorubas supposed to take that? I’m sorry, Ndigbo need to grow up and start taking some responsibility for their actions. You can’t slap your neighbour and act shocked and bewildered when he punches you back!

    • Proud Yoruba

      They have defined your place, it is the South East (SE) Region, you just refuse to accept it. Nigeria will not break up because it is working for everyone else but you ibo parasites. Go to your ancestral land and develop it, vote there, represent yourselves, and stop migrating everywhere,

      Just last week, the ibo parasites in South Africans were in the news asking for Nigeria to help them because the South Africans are harassing them. Everywhere ibos go, people chase them away. It is a strong message, time to go back to your ancestral land and develop it, No one will do it for you.

    • Tayo

      You fail to understand the fact that only Yoruba and Hausa have a say in this country called Nigeria, reason been that the BIAFRA/IGBO was defeated. So I guess you’re educated enough to understand what that means. Just in case you don’t, the vanquished don’t have a say in Nigeria. It hurts to comprehend but that’s the better true my Igbo friends. There’s are solutions to regain your lost glory though. Ask and I’ll tell you.

    • ttjijo

      I am yoruba. And I totally support you write up

      • Proud Yoruba

        You are not Yoruba!

        • Vee Oby

          Butt hurt much??you are WAY too insecure, hiding behind a keyboard and being a troll on the internet. Show your face, identify yourself and make your claim if you have an ounce of credibility otherwise you’re a scumbag and a total waste of human space

          Proud Igbo babe!

          • Proud Yoruba

            And you are not hiding behind a keyboard? Even worse, you are hiding from your own people by being a slave in someone else’s land.

            Go home and develop your states so you have something to be proud of ibo parasite.

  • Proud Yoruba

    Fellow Yorubas, we have done it, we fired GEJ (the big fish), we fired Agbaje (the ibo lover) now it remains for us to fire ibos from Yorubaland. Hear me out please.

    Please let us not be sentimental, it is good to nip a problem in the bud. The ibos have provoked us, deceived us, scammed us, hated us despite our goodwill and benevolence. It is clear to everyone that they have come not to live in harmony, but to dominate and take over. In their infantile mind, they believe that stealing political power from the Yorubas will give them the easy wealth they seek. Unfortunately, ibos cannot run our state better than Yorubas. They are not stakeholders.

    Their incessant taunting is driving Yorubas to loose their cool like the Oba. It is the devils work to harass people to bad behavior. We do not want things to escalate to a point of violence. We Yorubas are level-headed and sophisticated people, we will not be provoked to violence, but we will not be trampled on either. We have all seen it, they call Yorubas, cowards, amala monkeys, ewedu, etc. Ask yourself why do you deserve this abuse for your goodwill? Ibos are incurable haters.

    God is opening the door to deal with ibos for us. As the plan starts to unfold, please do not resist or start fighting for ibos, it is God’s will.

    1. God wants to develop Nigeria very fast, if ibos do not go back to their land, who will develop it for them? Are we supposed to keep developing in Yoruba land at the expense of the rest of Nigeria developing? Our development is already lobsided with SW GDP of $136billion,and SE GDP of $36 billion. By the time we get to $250 billion, there will be no ibo left in the SE.

    2. Imagine a senario where something happens to Lagos, do you have any other homeland to go to? Ibos will run fast back to their homeland. If you have nowhere else to go, that is what makes you a stakeholder.

    3. Yorubaland has developed fast because we Yorubas stayed in our land through the difficult times, we did not run away to other lands.

    4. There are resources in every land in Nigeria. We need the synergy of having every area of Nigeria contributing their resources to benefit all peoples of Nigeria.

    If Yorubaland keeps developing at current pace, we will not have room for the overcrowding that is already occurring now! Developing our area is causing lazy parasites to abandon their land for our cities, now they have started taking our jobs, our youths are getting restless and we pray it does not reach a boiling point.

    Let us move Nigeria forward, all REGIONS must be developed.

    God bless the Yoruba Nation, God bless Nigeria.

    • sakamohd

      This is a narrow perspective write-up. Lagos would not be as developed as it is, if it wasn’t a federal capital with the resources of all Nigerians deployed to make it the city it is today. Imagine Onitsha as the capital city of Nigeria, it would be better developed.Democracy is about numbers, the higher will always win.
      The danger in a write-up like this is already playing out in South Africa. Please let’s be guided.

      • Proud Yoruba

        Lagos developed after return to democracy in 1999. So it is not the resources of Nigeria or nothing. Anyway, it still doesn’t make it anything but Yorubaland. We can determine how we want to develop.

        Abuja has been the federal capital since 1991, over 24 years, and since then Nigeria. Has become more affluent, so they pour a lot of money into Abuja as well, world class hotels, etc, etc. si if that’s the formula why isn’t Abuja just like Lagos? Lagos was also the capital for 24 years.

        Please give credit where it is due. All embassies left Lagos for Abuja, all headquarters of large corporations, after they left, I remember how Lagos looked. The transformation did not start till we became democratic, and our governors started collecting taxes better. All credit goes to the Yoruba people and no FG.

        Go and develop your own land too. Every state has resources to make it self sufficient.

        • Vee Oby

          You are WAY too insecure, hiding behind a keyboard and being a troll on the internet. Show your face, identify yourself and make your claim if you have an ounce of credibility otherwise you’re a scumbag and a total waste of human space

          Proud Igbo babe!

          • AKINDE ADELEKE

            GO AND DEVELOP YOUR FATHER LAND.ITS SO SIMPLE AND LEAVE YORUBA LAND (LAGOS INCLUSIVE) ALONE.PLEASEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • ttjijo

      Seriously. You need to change your mindset. I am yoruba and any Nigerian can work in any part of Nigeria. It is ridiculous that at this point in time there are people who think like you in Nigeria. The igbos also contribute to the economy of Lagos State.

      • Proud Yoruba

        They DID NOT under any circumsatance contribute to Lagos economy you self-hater. How can ibos contribute to Lagos? Get your facts right before coming to open your big mouth. Because they pay taxes does not mean contribution, if I give you a job that you cannot get in your own state, that is charity, if you give me 10 -20 percent of your income as taxes to pay for the services the state is providing, that is your civic duty, if i build houses for you to rent or purchase and you pay me rent, that is your personal property taxes that pays for free education for their children.

        So far, I see us behind in the scenario, looks to me that the ibos are making off like a bandit. Job oportunities, good business climate, safe and clean homes, free education, good governance…..To do anymore will be creating welfare.

        Same thing if they start a business, without customers in Lagos, they will not make any money, if they pay corporate taxes, then it is….. You see how this works?

        We owe them absolutely nothing more! They owe us BIG. If they are so deserving, then let them go back to their own land and develop it, see if they will hire you, dumb ass!

    • Vee Oby

      Excuse me, is Lagos the only Yoruba land in Nigeria? please can you answer the question of why you do not lay any claim on the rest of the western states? last I checked, there is Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ogun. If yourubas are so creative and the driving force of the development of Lagos why do we not hear a thing about these other SW states. Please take several seats, nasty, lazy, disgusting, ugly Yoruba .
      Igbo babe!

      • Proud Yoruba

        Excuse me, but Lagos is what we are talking about, did you see the title of the Article above, did you read it, dummy?

        Off course, the other SW Yoruba states are doing well too, but are we going to tell ibo parasites that so that they can go and invade those areas too? I already told you in my write up above that the entire SW GDP is $136 billion and SE GDP is only $36 billion, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun are in the top ten, Ondo and Osun are number 12 and 13 respectively. So who is nasty, lazy, disgusting ugly ibo now? YOU!

        • Vee Oby

          Go kill yourself being a troll on the internet. Well I shouldn’t be surprised and wasting my time knowing that Yorubas are the noise makers of Nigeria, the loudest and dumbest with no stand or firm conviction on any thing. At least the Hausas stand by their words and are not flip floppers. A second reminder, which you must have heard so many times, you’re a nasty, lazy, disgusting and ugly Yoruba by DEFAULT. Prove me wrong or take several seats
          Proud Igbo babe!

          • Proud Yoruba

            There is no one uglier than ibo parasites, inside and out. Everybody knows that. If we are so loud and dumb, why are we doing so much better than you and you have to be a slave in our land? There is no logic in anything you say, just raw emotions, like you’ve been crying like a baby.

            Anyway, it doesn’t even matter because you as an ibo parasite do not have any rights to complain about the people who feed you. It is your bad home training that makes you behave like this, all of you.

            We’ll show you how sophisticated we are, when we clear you off our land without any violence, because that is what you want to provoke, so that you can scream of being a victim. We know how you ibo cowards are. You go to other people’s land to cause trouble, they ask you to leave, then you start crying like a baby and calling yourselves victims.

            Yet you will leave, But this time, you will go back to your village little girl and then we’ll see who is boss. Stop crying like a child and throwing curses that boomerang back to you! I will not respond to you anymore, you have nothing to say, you are not very smart. GOODBYE.

          • Vee Oby

            Yorubas feeding Igbo? You must be out of your mind, you are not only a noise maker but officially a retard. Igbos are the ONLY tribe in Nigeria that can make it on their own and survive anywhere due to their creativity, hard work and intelligence that’s why we wanted out of Nigeria. The same cannot be said for the two faced Yorubas , you guys cringe anytime the topic of dividing Nigeria comes up because you can only survive with oil money that comes from the south south. The Lagos you talk about was built and developed using Nigerias oil resources from the SS as then Nigeria’s capital and not cocoa or timber from the SW. Igbo’s are found anywhere in the world and are doing relatively better than every other tribe in Nigeria, take the United States for example.I urge you to take a look at the poverty index in Nigeria by state, Igbos are at the top better than a typical Yoruba depending on government for survival. Yorubas are the slaves in Nigeria ok, most especially slaves to an Hausa aboki, how shameful. Yorubas could not proffer a candidate for presidency, but decided it’s best for them to piggy back an Hausa. You claim to be enlightened but are willing to sell your dignity at the blink of an eye. A set of people with no firm conviction, traitors, flip floppers that aligns with any group that they think favors them. The average Yoruba man is afraid of an Igbo man. You are an insecure, despicable Yoruba to say the least. Seat your FILTHY self down

  • Okey

    Okey
    Adaoma Ndigbo., Ada anyi ji ga-mba. Chukwu gozie gi. I am so proud of you. In my next world, I will still come
    back as an Igbo man.

    • new era

      Good for you and congratulations! Reckless generation. Every other Africa nation dispice our country called nigeria all because of yibo crime atrocities. No shame. Yibo man, not in my name.

      • Vee Oby

        Why don’t you identify who you are and what tribe you come from. Well no need for that, you’re obviously not Igbo, a scumbag and total waste of human space

  • Vee Oby

    Why is it that there is so much hatred and irreconcilable differences in this entity called Nigeria just like a really bad, unhealthy marriage but the parties do not want to go their separate ways. In the case of the forced marriage called Nigeria, one group has openly expressed their decision to get a divorce, why can’t these other groups grant their request or at least go back to regional government before the forced marriage. Nigeria fought to keep the Igbos as one Nigeria and are still clamoring for one Nigeria. This does not make any sense to say the least

    • Jujubeans

      I am proudly Igbo but believe in one Nigeria. I was fortunate enough to go to a Unity school and my tightest and firmest friends come from ALL parts of Nigeria. It IS possible to live together peacefully as long as there is respect, justice and fairness for all. Having said that, I recognise that I may well be in the Igbo minority so if you don’t believe in one Nigeria then my advice is this. This is 2015. The recent elections have shown citizens have the power. You all need to organise yourselves into a group and lobby your reps in the house/senate to push for secession via peaceful referendum. The world is more open to self determination nowadays. Recent examples include South Sudan seceding from North Sudan in 2011 and even Scotland attempting secession from the UK just last year in 2014. The Scottish National Party (SNP) made a case for secession, Scots voted No. It’s time we allow Biafra philes to do the same.