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History Of Hatred By Northerners Towards The Igbo Copied By Other Tribes Over Time |The Republican News

By Great Imo Jonathan

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After reading a profiling statement of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s aide, Jacks Obasunyi and Dare Ajiga against the Igbos, relating to a statement made by some IPOB members as regards the death of army chief of staff I felt cold. They both attempted to manipulate those comments to appear as the opinion of the Igbos. Yet I came across a video by Mayegun, a Yoruba guy and comments of a few other persons who are not Igbos showing their disdain for the late chief. Those IPOB boys have accused him and other officers of killing their members in their hundreds during their rallies to call for the restoration of Biafra. It is naturally expected that they will consider anybody in uniform as enemy. But to use this opportunity again to rekindle hatred against Igbos is nothing but a demonic affair.

THIS IS AN AGE LONG HATRED AGAINST IGBO AND IT WAS HERE BEFORE 1966.

In 1945, indigenous peoples in Jos, Plateau State, had a clash that had nothing to do with Igbos. But in the end, Igbos were killed and their shops were looted and burnt down for what they knew nothing about.

Again In 1953 in Kano Igbos were massacred and their properties looted for an issue they did not create. Enahoro who was Awolowo’s associate had moved a motion for independence and the north was opposed to it, they went to the north to try and convince the people, northerners took offense and rioted. They killed Igbos, looted their shops and burnt them down. Yet the was not an Igbo man.

Yet in 1953, the north wanted to secede from Nigeria, (exactly what IPOB is asking for now) an Igbo man called Nnandi Azikiwe pleaded with them so that we can all leave as one family. Life bullets were not used to exterminate their young ones as being done in Igbo land now. Rather they were begged.

Then the worst happened. A fine gentleman and refined military officer from Okpanam in present day Delta State, South South Nigeria, along with Ifeajuna, Ademulegun and two others got other military officers both of northern and southern extraction to execute a coup in what they considered an attempt to clean up the political space in Nigeria. It was eventually branded Igbo coup. Despite the counter coup that led to the retaliatory killing of over 300 top Igbo military officers and Ironsi the then military head of state, they still went ahead to massacre thousands of Igbo civilians for an issue that was a simply a military affair and at best involved the political class. Over ninety thousand (90,000) Igbos were killed in a pogrom, women and children, poor artisans and traders massacred in cold blood. Yet it was not a war.

Then came the ultimate blood letting event of 1967 to 1970. A genocidal war was levied against eastern Nigeria. In a manner to explan the deep seated hatred for the Igbo, women and children were bombed to death in their millions. This was against rules of engagement in war. Women and children were targeted for mass murder. The Asaba massacre story is still being suppressed because those who did it are now ashamed of their history.

By the end of 1970, over 3 million Igbos had been killed in that genocidal war, over 2 million of them being women and children, a genocide only next to the Jewish Holocaust.

There has never been blood letting like it on the continent of Africa. Yet there still are efforts to suppress this story of animosity, even to the extent of banning history from being thought in schools in the country.

Yet the obsessive hatred against the Igbos that a British journalist working for the BBC talked about when he interviewed one of Nigeria’s leaders before independence and 1966, has not stopped.

Since after that war Igbos are still being killed and are made to suffer loses from issues that does not concern them. Even when others quarel amongst themselves they will find a way to settle it with the blood of Igbos. Kano 1980, Maiduguri 1982, Jimeta 1984, Gombe 1985, Zaria 1987, Kaduna and Kafanchan 1991.

They either start as religious riot or ethnic crisis. The ultimate end is that Igbos will be killed and their properties looted even when they are not party to the quarrel. It continued in Bauchi and Katsina 1991, Kano 1991, Zangon-Kataf 1992, Funtua 1993, Kano 1994, Kaduna 2000, Kaduna 2001, Maiduguri 2001, Jos Crisis-Setember 2001, Kaduna 2002 and Jos-November 2008.

Yet there was the beheading of Gideon Akaluka in December of 1996 in a POLICE STATION in Kano.

And then there was the post April 2011 Presidential Election: 10 youth-corps members and numerous citizens murdered and Igbos were not spared. Not to forget that there was Jos Christmas Eve 2010 killing of Igbos, Mubi January 6 2012 and many Igbo deaths caused by boko haram.

Go and look up your history and know how many times Igbos have been mindlessly killed since 1945 to date.

Yet some people are not satisfied. Recently, Nigerian youths from across the country protested against police brutality tagged Endsars. Some over zealous government officials mismanaged the situation and everywhere went up in flames. Quickly the manipulators of Nigeria against the Igbos cooked up their narrative in order to instigate the Yorubas to attack Igbos in Lagos but the Yorubas resisted their propaganda. This mindless propagandists did not even mention that many of shops that were looted or destroyed in Surulere Area and Aja belong to Igbo people. They did not mention that in the South East where Igbos are predominant properties where also destroyed, including the famous Aba North local government headquarter. They wanted to manipulate things again so that Igbos can be attacked and their properties to be destroyed. They succeeded in Rivers where Governor Wike, basking in his zealous stupidity attacked Igbos in Obigo in the guise that Endsars protest was an IPOB affair and that they operated from the town. He has succeeded in killing many Igbos in that community and closing down Igbo markets in the city. A product of abandoned property reinventing hatred against Igbos.

Yet no one remembered that Igbos in Abuja were killed during the protest and their properties destroyed in Apo.

The trend is continuing with the recent statement by the shameless Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman who was seen on video assaulting a security guard in Abuja. Rather than explain his nonsense behaviour he sent his media aide to put out junk of a press release trying to implicate Igbos and create ethnic sentiment against them being their usual fall guys. Not minding that the security guard in question is from Plateau State in northern Nigeria where the Chairman comes from.

As if that was not enough, Lagos State commissioner of police raised another false alarm trying to cause serious disaffection between Igbos and Yorubas in Lagos. He was supported one “fame chaser” called Joe Igbokwe who is always sell his people out for his selfish interest, a man whose belly is his god. But God did put them to shame as the Yorubas again told them off. And it was eventually discovered to be a lie but nobody knows if they are still planning to bomb Lagos in order to implicate Igbos.

Then came Mr. Malami, the AGF, with his killer herdsmen and Igbo motor parts dealers narrative. Something suggesting that he was levying another ethnic hatred against Igbo business men and women in the north. But it did not materialise.

And now the death of Nigeria’s Army Chief is being used to malign the Igbos again. Any statement made by a typical IPOB member who sees the army as enemy for killing over 700 of their members since 2017, is posited as Igbos speaking. I mean people that have never equated any statement of herdsmen or meyattialah as that of the north talk more of those of Boko Haram or Bandits using comments by IPOB members to colour the opinion of Igbos, notwithstanding the fact that millions of Igbos are not their members and many are opposed to them.

And I ask: what is this hatred all about? You hate them so much yet you don’t want to let them go. How much more of their blood do you want before your vampire gods will be appeased? You sent Python to dance against their protesting harmless youths and you extracted their blood and buried them in shallow graves. They gathered to pray at Ngwa High School in Aba and you turned the venue into a horror field shooting life bullets as many of them were sent to their early graves. You sent Crocodile and all manner of metaphorical animals to stop them from speaking out against their oppression and they have paid severely with their blood but it doesn’t appear you are yet appeased.

1945 to 2021 is long time enough to have shown hatred against a people. Don’t give me that nonsense excuse of 1966 coup because you the killing of Igbos started before then. Your 1966 coup was just a good excuse enough to attempt to annihilate them because the war you levied on them looked like a premeditated genocide. The BBC British journalist interview even before independence was a good reference to the hate against Igbos before the coup. Or how do you explain that many other coups outside that one were not branded along ethnic lines?

Enough of this hatred against Igbos. Whatever that is motivating it is evil. Igbos love to travel, relate with others and even build and develop places where they reside outside their homeland. They are hard working and adventurous, bold and ambitious. I see those who hate them like the brothers of Joseph who hated him for nothing but his dreams and coat of many colours. If Joseph could be so hated for his dream and coat of many colours and Cain could kill Abel for offering God the best sacrifice I am not surprised that some people can hate Igbos. But don’t look for cheap excuses to hinge your dark heart.

Great Imo Jonathan

(Disclaimer, the content and opinions are that of the writer and based on history)

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Obiaraeri To Ohanaeze: Leave 2023 Presidency For Now, Build Consensus Among The Igbo First |The Republican News

Prof. Obiaraeri and Prof. Obiozor

On Sunday March 28, 2021, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Elders Council met at the Imo State Government House to discuss pressing issues affecting Ndigbo. Although the gathering attracted big names including the WTO DG Ngozi Okojo-Iweala alongside some governors and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, several strategic voices were inexplicably absent.

Law professor, politician, and member of the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Nnamdi Obiaraeri joined Ukana Omon ‘TheKanon’ on The Agenda Monday morning on MyRadio 101.1 FM Owerri to bare his mind.

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OHANAEZE TOO ELITIST; GATHERING OF OPPRESSORS

TheKanon: Professor good morning and thank you for your time.

Prof. Obiaraeri: thank you very much my brother and thank you listeners.

TheKanon: I wonder if you were present at the meeting yesterday (Sunday March 28, 2021) and what you made of it.

Prof. Obiaraeri: I was not invited and I was not present. I should have been invited, I should have been present. This is part of the Igbo leadership disconnect and deficit. If a professor of law of my standing and exposure is not invited to talk about Igbo cause as well as other well-meaning Igbo leaders, then I’m beginning to question the intellectual plank of this discussion.

TheKanon: Ok, we are filing this away for another debate but let’s go to the crux of the matter; this resolution that oh yes Ndigbo shall produce or perhaps to tame the language, should produce, Nigeria’s next president. You have been an advocate of this, have you changed your position?

OUTCOME OF 2023 ELECTION WILL DETERMINE WHETHER NIGERIA REMAINS ONE

Prof Obiaraeri: There’s nothing that will make me change my position. A Nigerian president of Igbo extraction is a must do in 2023. It is the only natural, equitable, and fashionable thing to do if we are still one Nigeria.

Nigerians from all segments of the Nigerian society should elect the Nigerian president from Igbo race to bolster national peace, progress and development. I say this very strongly because the outcome of the 2023 presidential election will challenge the theory of indivisibility and indissolubility of the Nigerian state especially when it is tested against the immutable natural laws and principles clearly etched in section 14 of the 1999 constitution. And for the avoidance of doubt, let me reiterate that this section 14 of the 1999 constitution as amended provides very clearly that the federal republic of Nigeria shall be based on the principles of democracy and social justice. Accordingly the composition of government shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national integration.

So, if Nigeria will continue to be one; if Nigeria is going to continue to be indivisible and indissoluble, the time to do equity, natural justice and associated good conscience issues is now against 2023 for the Igbo race. We are not visitors in this country, we are clear stakeholders.

Other tribes, other geopolitical zones have had very clear shots at the presidency, so irrespective of who is advocating for it, irrespective of the fact that they are not particularly the Professor George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo is beginning to be more of a gathering of oppressors than an all-inclusive Igbo group; I think that call is germane.

TheKanon: I hear the tone of what you are not saying, that this group which met yesterday perhaps excluding certain principal voices. Let’s hear it professor, what do you think is the way forward in terms of pursuing the unity that Governor Uzodinma is clamouring?

Prof. Obiaraeri: Well, I hate to think that the agitation is being weaved around the person of Governor Hope Uzodinma, a serving governor of a state, a close friend and the governor of my state. This is an agitation of over 10 million or 15 million Igbos including our friends from other parts of the country who believe in equity.



We must begin to remove certain political office holders from this agitation so that it doesn’t become partisan. Because I heard you in the first instance when you said that the call should be made that APC should be embraced, I don’t agree with that completely. I’m of the APC but I do not think that it will be wrong to have all other political parties come to Igbo land and take their candidates so that we can be sure that whether PDP, APC, APGA whatever other political party an Igbo man is having the ticket, that is the way to have it. But if they begin to make the agitation to appear that a section of Igbo elites who I’ve already termed oppressors, who do not recognize the intellectual class, are now beginning to push this agenda, then it is going to lend itself to big sabotage and I don’t pray that that happens.

TheKanon: I suspect that many would say well governor Uzodinma is within his rights to call for a bombardment of the APC by persons of Igbo extraction because the PDP’s committee on reconciliation or strategy r something headed by Governor Bala Mohammed came up with this report insinuating or even inferring that they are throwing open the bid for the 2023 presidency. So it’s not zoned to any particular geopolitical zone however germane their clamour, or ambition or reach for it might be. Some Igbo leaders said ‘well this is an open insult and a slap in the face of Ndigbo considering our steadfastness with the PDP since 1998’. Don’t you think ‘well let’s look towards the APC since they have been more friendly towards Ndigbo’ according to Governor Hope Uzodinma?

MANY ROADS LEAD TO THE BUSH BUT ONLY ONE WILL LEAD TO THE SHRINE

Prof. Obiaraeri: I don’t want to demarcate my party. I’ve told you very clearly, I’m of APC, I have clear sympathy for APC, but I think that is a very narrow way to pursue the legitimate aspiration of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction. There are many roads that lead into the bush but only one will lead into the shrine. So localizing it and making it an exclusive preserve of the APC is not right. I want to think that insinuations of the PDP are mere proposals as far as I know that’s what they are and you know that 24 hours is a lot of time in politics. When they see the agitation that it is coming from a united coercive Igbo race, every political party would begin to look towards the Igboland.

What should concern us and particularly Senator Hope Uzodinma the governor of the state is how to unify the Igbo race. That Ohanaze Ndigbo meeting that they held inside Government House. Is that where it is supposed to hold? Is that not an audio Ohanaeze meeting?

Why would we have an Ohanaeze that is going to government instead of government coming to Ohanaeze. Why is the Professor George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze being run in such a manner as to see it as an appendage of a few political players?

On the same day that this meeting held, there was also, I hope you know, there was also another meeting of factional Ohanaeze led by Chief Chidi Ibe. In Enugu there was also another group that call themselves South east Leaders Forum. So, if you have a meeting of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo and you exclude key players, those who should talk… on that same day there was an election, a bye-election in Abia State. So where was the Governor of Abia, where was the governor of Enugu, where was the governor of Anambra, where are all the senators, where are the key players? Can you really be talking of Ohanaeze Ndigbo when you don’t have the input of Senator Rochas Okorocha? Let’s not pretend about it? If you don’t have the input of Orji Uzor Kalu, if you don’t have the input of Senator Abaribe, and you don’t have the input of professor Obiaraeri into it? So it should be a mass movement as opposed to clique business.

So I think the whole idea of making it appear that some people are in the forefront will lead, I’ve warned again, will lead to sabotage. Because if people feel uncomfortable especially if it is something that should be of aggregate interest and a few others are localizing it. I have a lot of respect for professor Obiozor: he’s a respectable statesman, I share a lot of things in common with him; he’s a colleague professor. I’m of the same Ivy League background with him; we all have a Columbia University exposure, so he knows what goes into that kind of exposure and accomplishment. If he has a meeting and he wants to exclude me, why would I be the one to support him? I hope you understand; it’s reciprocal. He’s an intellectual; he understands the basis of intellectual planking in things like this.

So Ohanaeze should be made to be one that is talking about contemporary issues in Igboland, so that we can win the support of our people. Why are the bombings, the killings going on in Orlu, in Imo, in Abia, in Ebonyi, why are our people being killed in our home front? Is Ohanaeze speaking about it? Is Ohanaeze talking about the carnage, the loss of lives in our system? I think Ohanaeze should move away from this elitist tendency and come down and challenge the issues of now.

What has Ohanaeze led by Prof Obiozor done to bring Nnamdi Kalu into the picture or you think he is not important?

OHANAEZE NDIGBO SHOULD REACH OUT TO NNAMDI KANU, RALPH UWAZURUIKE AND OTHER AGITATORS

TheKanon: Can calls for secession and calls for the production of a president of Igbo extraction ever meet?

Prof. Obiaraeri: They can meet. That’s what I’m saying, there’s no need pretending about it. Governor Uzodinma, Governor Umahi, these are big time players, these are respectable Nigerian leaders, but they do not, with respect, trump the relevance of Nnamdi Kalu and Ralph Uwazuruike in the scheme of things now. You live in an Igbo area; you understand what I’m talking about. If they doubt it let them go on a popularity walk with Nnamdi kalu on the streets of Owerri and see who will get more respect and more followership. So the truth is, to tone down the level of agitation from these people. And how do you do it? You must carry them in and their sentiments because Ohanaeze means ‘Oha’ and ‘Eze’, Ohanaeze. It is not a matter of those who have protection, those who have access to government house meeting. It is not a government House meeting.

Ohanaeze should be found in primary schools, in secondary schools, in tertiary institutions. Go to Imo state university, go to Federal University of Technology Owerri, go to Abia, ask them do they know who the president of Ohanaeze is, they will tell you that there are two leaders of Ohanaeze. So, the issue of secession, is still part of the right to self-determination. It can be discussed; it can be discussed and agreed upon. What everybody is not agreeable, is that it should be by use of violence. So those who dismiss Nnamdi Kalu, Ralph Uwazuruike and those of us who have very clear opinion on this matter are themselves. Nigeria is on a brink of collapse. Anything that can be done to bring it together, beginning from the Igbo spread should be encouraged.

So this is no longer time to bring in Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the rest of them: these are respectable people but they have no bigger regard, they have no bigger respect than any other person on this matter. If Nnamdi Kalu declares Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today a persona non-grata in Igboland, she will find it very difficult to operate. You know that much. Not because he may be right but because he has followership. And one man’s thug is another man’s supporter. One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. So we must balance this narrative and that’s why government must be careful the way they are running and pushing the people so that those of us who are intellectuals, who have open mind about this issue, should not be forced, by reason of non-inclusive politics, to join the other tendencies.

OBIOZOR SHOULD BUILD STREET CREDIBILITY, OHANAEZE SHOULD FORM CLUBS IN SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, CHURCHES

TheKanon: Is it possible that we can invite people from every shade of opinion into a room?

Prof Obiaraeri: It is very possible. We are talking about autochthonous nature of leadership. The Igboman is predominantly democratic in nature. You don’t force or hoist leadership on an Igboman. It’s never done anywhere, so if the Ohanaeze that we are thinking about, the first thing is let professor Obiozor as respectable as he is reach out to the other faction, let them withdraw all the cases in court. Sort these things out in house, then come out with a blue print that will take the intelligentsia. You go to universities you form these group, you go to the polytechnic you form this group, you go to secondary school, you have this group, primary schools, churches, and the rest of them.

If you are having Ohanaeze and the big time church leaders or religious leaders of Igbo spread are not part of it, what Ohanaeze are you talking about? What Ohanaeze? What is professor Obiozor’s constituency in the first instance? If he goes into Ariaria Market can they recognize him? If they recognize him, will they listen to him? So these are the issues. At the end of the day, we use this mechanism to begin to speak as one voice forgetting about who will take the office. But the problem we have now is that people are placing the cart before the horse.

They are trying to say who will take the office as opposed to let us get this thing into the Igbo spread and let the Igbo man that has national appeal, that will be accepted and loved and supported by other Nigerians take this office and that is part of what is going on in Igbo land where people are taking a lot of rough measures to bring others down even though as I’ve always said power belongs to God. (TheKanon)

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