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Monday, 28 January 2013 04:49

Igbo And The Elusive Seat

Written by Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi
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The Igbo are ubiquitous; they are everywhere. In the remotest villages, the farthest part of the earth, North Pole, Down Under, all over the world, into anything, commerce, transport, drugs, producing the best brain, etc, you’ll find them there.


Despite producing the current Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Secretary to the Government of The Federation after 50 years of Nigeria’s independence, the Igbo still demand more.  But they are not complaining too loudly.


After former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme’s humiliation by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BOT, he still returned to the PDP. Like the saying in Igbo language ndoro ndoro (push me, I push you).


Igbo names are synonymous with commerce, ruggedness, affluence, wealth. Igbo that produced Emeka Emeagwali, Chinua Achebe, Barth Nnaji, Emeka Anyaoku, Dora Akunyili, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alvan Ikoku, Augustine Ilodibe, Sir Louis Ojukwu, etc., should be respected.


A tribe regarded as the most industrious on the continent of Africa, Igbo on the other hand mean different things to other tribes in Nigeria. Igbo means cheat, make money at all costs, advanced fee fraud, drug baron, armed robber, human trafficker, anything dirty, the ultimate goal: WEALTH!


Known for displaying wealth, the Igbo worship wealth and affluence. The number of cars you parade increases your standing in society; they love chieftainship titles. They have an environment ravaged by gully erosion. Igbo nation has the worst road network in Nigeria, no thanks to bad leadership. In over 50 years of Nigeria as a nation, Igbo have never held the exalted office of the President and Commander-in-Chief, except for the brief period of General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi in the 60s. Many reasons can be adduced for this, but a giveaway is what is known in local parlance that Igbo could and should not be trusted. And successive administrations have cashed in on this by appointing Igbo as ministers of information.


A Yoruba adage says Omo ina la ran si’na, which literally means: To subdue fire, you have to use its antidote. From the first republic to the sixth and during the military era, Igbo were handed this job of minister of information.


The 2007 elections [selections] were supervised, signed, sealed and delivered by an Igbo. And it was the last straw that broke the Igbo’s quest of becoming Nigeria’s president, parading 15 or thereabouts presidential candidates from the same ethnic nationality contesting for one position.


The presidency will continue to elude the Igbo unless they come together. The Igbo are easily disorganised politically, ‘settle’ them and they forget their ambitions. If current trend persists, I see a situation where the Igbo will never have a shot at Nigeria’s highest political office in the foreseeable future.


The Igbo’s woes are self-inflicted; to turn things around they should begin by putting a stop to pointing fingers or blaming the north or the south-west for these woes.

The Igbo cannot afford to continue to weep; rather they should brace up and reverse the trend, and make the prospect of a president of Igbo extraction a reality in 2015. A word is enough for the wise!”


The storm is getting settled now, with less than two years away to 2015 general elections. PDP again (known for it’s anti-internal democracy) is technically sidelining the Igbo from the 2015 presidential race. Who will rescue, save and help the Igbo?

With the demise of Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu, APGA’s fragmentation (Igbo’s political party), Ohaneze’s  lack of clout, Igbo nation should as well forget Nigeria’s highest political office.


The Nigeria civil war is over but in tragic sense, Nigeria has now been made safer for ethnic, tribal, and religious vengeance and the great earthquake we called Nigeria Civil War has now been eaten by termites called Igbo.


•Adeyemi is Country Representative, Whisper Poetry. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 0816-950-3218.





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