By Prof. Osuagwu
There is a more poignant point people can make about Igbo linkage to the autochthonous peoples of what we now call Western Nigeria.
Ironically, it is the Ooni of Ife that is making that point, but people lack the background knowledge to understand.
If Eastern Igbo understand that it is the autochthonous Igbo at Igbomokun, aka Ile-Ife, that must crown Ooni of Ife; as they must crown Oba of Benin and the Ezenri, all this ethnic arguments will take a less hostile and quarrelsome form.
The honest and wise current Ooni has, since he was coronated, been trying to draw attention to this historical and anthropological fact.
The press just report him and it ends there. Just two weeks ago; during the Aje Festival, the Ooni had been quoted as pointing out:
- Jews came from Igboland and not the reverse and
There are autochthonous Igbo at Ile-Ife, who are related to the Igbo in Eastern Nigeria.
This Igbo he refers to are in fact those that welcomed Oduduwa when he came from the Benin Kingdom, and who still have to crown the Ooni.
Those Igbo who rejected the cultural and the political ideas of Oduduwa people, from whom Moremi saved them, are still there ruled by Olugbo of Ugbo.
Till today, the Oba of Benin pays rent to the autochthonous people he reigns.
We should get to know who these people are.
We should find out why Ezes from Ikwerre, Ohaoda, etc published advertorials congratulating the ruler of these people to whom Oba Bini had stopped paying rent, but was compelled, by the courts, to resume making payments in a landmark ruling in 2017.
Can a prince of Benin; which the Oba of Lagos is, justifiably talk to Igbo about territorial issues anyhow he likes?
Many of the Yoruba picking quarrel will know that the Igbo are their true cousins.
But ignorance on both sides is a disease.
People should listen to Ooni.
God has endowed the Igbo with almost magical attributes, but only the knowledgeable thrives.
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