Achebe’s Biafra memoir is corrective

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By Phillips Obuesi

In understudying reactions from the new book “There Was a Country” by_Prof. Chinua Achebe, I am concurring that Nigeria is without a doubt a_country of nations fused in pretence and wearing a veil of all manners_of secrecy and suspicion. For many, this book seems to have widened_the obvious, which is the enslaved supremacy gaps sandwiched between the tribes that structure Nigeria.

Predominantly, that between the_Igbo and the Yoruba tribes is skyrocketing to the great beyond and disturbing the peacefully dead. Our ancestors ventilate in their prehistoric graves with that ancient song of One Nigeria anew; echoing it loud and resounding, warning we ought always to ensure that the sung a new among us.

Since this is a known fact that our founding fathers had spoken through this great song to affirm our peaceful co-existence, we their children should adhere; the inhabitants of this land must listen to its voice. I am a protégée of the legendary and literary enigma, Professor_ Chinualumuogu Achebe, and like many from different parts of Nigeria_and the world at large who are his loyalists, I have chosen to be firm _and direct on my views here.

I am a true son of the soil, One Nigeria, and an ardent follower of Nda Achebe. There is a saying which goes that a lion always begets his likes, and likewise the snake it must beget another with bodily structure like its own.

The issue here is the reactions to There Was a Country by the Professor. We have read various vociferous reactions from some writers especially from our brothers and sisters from the western divide – the kinsmen of_the great Awo, who was aptly and generously eulogized in this Achebe’s_new book.

While the pseudo-apostles of Awolowo vent their displeasures I awaited Kongi to echo his own views as always; but alas, the gods_are wise. The great one (Kongi) had already made known to the world his position a long time ago when he invoked words of praises for the warriors in the state of the rising Sun which earned him imprisonment for supporting the rise of Biafra.

And finally it comes, about when this write-up was been concluded.__Professor Wole Soyinka spits fire again! He hasn’t changed his opinion on Biafra, by the account he gave in a recent interview from London:_Soyinka, justified the secession bid and described Biafrans as “people who’d been abused, who’d undergone genocide, and who felt completely rejected by the rest of the community, and therefore decided to breakaway and form a nation of its own.”

Our generation is worried and crying foul! We are worried because history that had been denied us by many is now aptly documented by a great man in his memoir for future generations to engender correction mechanisms and catalyze the healing process in furtherance of Onye_kwue Uche YA system of governance and the promotion of our nationhood is being dissipated by hypocrisy. Sadly, the master piece by Prof._Achebe is being condemned by some overtly self acclaimed am-more-righteous-than-thou characters, emerging deliriously from_their creative slumbers suddenly and lamenting vaingloriously, displaying unimaginable arrogance and claiming to be speaking for_GREAT AWO; making clumsy excuses as to why their anger is vented against a messenger of the gods, why they are shouting like in the days of our LORD and SAVIOUR, “crucify him, crucify him, crucify and crucify” and the message he bears destroyed alongside with him. And we ask, what impudence, what audacity?

What flood of insolence is overtaking our land suddenly? Are the elders’ home? Our clan should not allow these goats birth in tied up ropes before our watchful eyes.__Prof. Chinua Achabe says in There Was a Country {PAGE 51} and I quote_“The original ideal of one Nigeria was pressed by the leaders and intellectuals from the Eastern Region. With all their shortcomings, they had this idea to build the country as one. The first to object were the Northerners led by Sardauna, who were followed closely by the_Awolowo clique that created the Action Group.

The Northern Peoples Congress of the Sardaunians was supposed to be a national party, yet_it refused to change its name from Northern to Nigerian Peoples Congress, even for the sake of appearances. It refused right up to the_end of the civilian regime.”__As his name interprets “Let GOD fight my battle” (Chinualumuogu), I believe this book will become a soothing balm for generations before, generations now and generations to come. It will help console the unborn. It will keep reminding them that the battle for the land shall be by the gods of the land. Those who mourn should rejoice for it is_finished!

I believe this is what the literary sage is saying to his people. One would have expected that Nigerians all over, devoid of_creed and tribe will eschew petty sentiments and unmitigated emotions and learn from the well known facts espoused in There Was a Country _and adjust accordingly as we match United and Determined towards the Goal_of our Nationhood. The old men have dreamt dreams, but we must ensure that the dream of a united Nigeria is realized. I believe this thing, that knowing where our dreamers got it wrong in actualizing our Nationhood in the past can only come by accurately documented accounts of history and exhuming the master plan of Nigeria.

Those who are just quoting whatever they like in There Was a Country _are to be informed that the Great Awo was eulogized in this great book. He was portrayed as a master political tactician, a committed leader of his people, a unifying factor, an excellent organizer an erudite and accomplished lawyer.

He was clearly one of Nigeria’s_dominant political figures of his time, like his present day protégée_Asiwaju.__ On page 45 of the book, Nda Achabe wrote: “By the time I became a_young adult, Obafemi Awolowo had emerged as one of Nigeria’s dominant political figures. He was an erudite and accomplished lawyer who had been educated at the University of London. When he returned to the Nigerian political scene from London, Awolowo found the once powerful political establishment of western Nigeria in disarray – sidetracked by partisan and intra-ethnic squabbles.

Chief Awolowo and close associates reunited his ancient Yoruba people with powerful glue -_resuscitated ethnic pride-and created a political party, the Action_Group, in 1951, from an amalgamation of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa, the Nigerian Produce Traders’ Association, and a few other factions.”__In offering solutions, Achebe suggests a series of questions about_“ethnic bigotry,” corruption and pure impunity that will keep Nigeria busy for a longtime.

He has no problem describing characters operating in the Nigerian political arena as “bum in suit,” “half-baked,”_“poorly educated,” “politicians with plenty of money and very low_I Qs.” Opting to promote a factionists movement against There Was a Country _and its author, our own enigmatic Pa Chinualumuogu Achebe I find sacrilegious; chanting tribal war songs and thereby overheating the polity is NOT going to help anyone. Let us not shift focus from the obnoxious security challenges we are faced with today which only reminds one of the previous.

Current events in Nigeria today are the reasons given then and that births this memoir from Achebe. Concerns raised in the book must be tackled seriously. People must be called to order less they provoke another generation emerging from my likes as_Nda Achebe. When he is aged and gone to join the Great Sardauna, the_Great Awo and the Great Zik of Africa his ancestors in the beyond, we shall arise and tell the tales to our children. May the gods forbid_it, if Nigeria is no more; someone else may write just “There Was a Country”.

Like another reviewer wrote and I quote “By going beyond Biafra war in_this memoir Achebe shows how the fear of Igbo dominance led to the dethronement of meritocracy and the enthronement of mediocrity. In that single move, Nigeria opens the flood gate for corruption, impunity and failure that has remained the trademark of Nigeria to date.

Beneath the crisis playing out in Nigeria’s landscape today -_most especially in cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt – is still that fear of Igbo domination.”__For younger leaders like me not conditioned to wait indefinitely for change, the question left unanswered in this book is, if leadership fails to come, then what?

Followers must ensure destination accomplishment which is One Nigeria is none negotiable. This book is a warning to Nigeria that we must hail thee collectively, truthfully and faithfully less there be another country for Nigerians. Obuesi writes from Lagos.

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  1. Achebe is free to write anything he wants, but what the Yorubas will not never accept is castigating Awo! Ojukwu that drove his people to starvation as a result of his poor preparation and selfishness, Achebe did not see anything wrong in that. Ojukwu starve his people and use their picture as a propaganda tool , no wonder he refused the food corridor, Achebe did not see anything wrong in that. Because of his deep hatred for the Yoruba race, any positive move they made to the igbos, he twisted it to become negative. Hausas that kill the igbos at the slightest opportunity, igbos will always support!
    Now, the Yorubas know their enemy.

  2. you are not a real man,you are just a full,be careful obuesi ,how can you call awo gods of father land,let me tell you,if you have nothing to rite keep shut, honestly you will die soon if you don”t take time.let that be,biafra most stand you like or not,or ex one day lagos will go Dow,abuja will go Dow,from now to ,2015 ,biafra,achebe,ojukwu,uwazureke,let bi human right stand, biafra base Asia.

  3. Alici why is it that you Yorubas are always tribalistic,sentimental,myopic,selfish in nature?Yorubas will never accept that they are wrong even wen you cought them in the act but thank God that there is one and only good Yoruba that alaways stand out even wen other Yorubas are selfish,sentimental,tribalistic and he is no other person but Prof Wale Shoyinka.Yorubas is high tine you people accept wat your god in a person of Awolowo did to 3 Million Biafran Children and Women becouse your own illustrous son Prof Wale Soyinka has vindicated Prof Chinua Achebe wen he was granted interview in London and Prof Wale Soyinka even confermed that genocide was actually conducted by Awolowo against 3 Million Biafran Children and Women so why Yorubas are still crying Wolves?.God i really hate this tribe call Yoruba and i wount be suprise wen someday it will turn out that Prof Wale Soyinka is not a Yoruba man becouse he is always an outsanding man among Yorubas and he behaves like Igbos.So Yorubs if you people like cry Wolve or shed blood but the have being told and revealed by Prof Chiualumogu Achebe becouse no matter how pregnancy is being covered someday it must surely expose and God has exposed the like of Awolowo and Gawon against the evil act they committed against 3 Million Biafran Children and Women

  4. Our forefathers(Ndigbo) did not sign any treaty with the Yorubas, Hausa or any other ethnic nationality to be one Nigeria. Britain and other European nations due to their greed and selfish interests forced people(s) of Africa who have nothing in common together; thus causing the problem we have/ see all over Africa today. First, I am Igbo, African & world citizen that order. People are wasting their time. Nnanyi Chinua Achebe bared his mind by saying the truth as he knows it. Anyone who thinks otherwise & cannot come up with something reasonable to say should go & have a swim at the dept of the Baikal Lake for all Ndigbo care. How could Ojukwu & Biafra accept food from & through the enemy? We all know about the Greek gift & Ikemba was a historian. A very good one at that. Let everybody go their way bcoz there is nothing like one Nigeria. Long Live Chinua Achebe! Long Live Ndigbo. Long Live Biafra.

  5. Proud to identify another elder, sure he is with facts and not theories like most of our youths who are not willing to learn and look back into history for a better future. I salute you Obuese, Profs Soyinka and Achebe.

  6. Rather than being tribalistic and sentimental, I challenge those agaist Prof Achebe’s revelations to counter with facts the other wise of what happened. Nigeria needs this for our nation library and postarity.

    • Mr. Collins, I love your write up. before the Biafra will go on their own way, i would love to draw your attention to the kingship of Onitcha, Agbo, Asaba and all the Delta igbo speaking people. Are they real Igbos or desendants of Benin Kingdom?

  7. The hour has come and this is the time. The Eastern People Repubic of Biafra (the rising Sun shall rise again)… Long Live Achebe, Long Live the memories of Ojukwu the Great and Long Live Biafra. One L♥√ع to my brothers across the World.

  8. hammerhouseofhorror on

    CULPABILITY OF BIAFRA GENOCIDE
    1. THE FIVE MAJORS -Ifeajuna, Ademoyega, Nzeogwu etc
    2. THEIR COHORTS
    3. SENATE PRESIDENT NWAFOR ORIZU
    4. Dr. AZIKIWE
    5. GENERAL AGUIYI IRONSI AND HIS GOVT.
    6. GENERAL MURTALA MOHAMMED, DANJUMA, MARTINS ADAMU
    7. GENERAL OJUKWU AND HIS IMMEDIATE LIETENANTS
    8. GENERAL GOWON & AWOLOWO
    9. CIVIL WAR COMMANDERS ON BOTH SIDES
    10. FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT HELPED BOTH SIDES TO PROSECUTE THE WAR…………….

    THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

    HOWEVER………….HAVE WE LEARNT FROM HISTORY?

    • Alhaji Onyeike on

      Alici, you seem to know quite a bit about the Biafran era. Why don’t you write and c[castigate] General Ojukwu, to fill the blank Professor Achebe created? It is mind boggling to try to understand you vacuous and thoughtless elements. General Ojukwu in your flimsy mind was so powerful he could subject the whole Igbo to starvation against their collective and individual wills.

      I bet you have not even bothered to read the Professor’s new book. Yet you donot think you are an idiot to pass judgment without information. Please do write and educate us on how Ojukwu’s motive was selfish, as you claim.

      Ras-pect

  9. if yoruba people lik hate d igbos but dat will nt stop them from making progress…victory,victory we are matching to the glorious land biafra d land of d rising sun biafra d dwelling place of god…

  10. The idea of everybody did everything may effect proper correction. The book took a very good step in pointing out “who did what” and why. That is where Awolowo’s name jutted out like a sore limb. The war may not have been so bloody and ruthless if he were not involved. Probably Aburi accord would have been respected and the war fully averted. There is no how Awo would not be called to account for his role

  11. The pot calling the kettle black. The Igbos are all over Nigeria and if biafra should ever happen I wonder who stand to benefit. The fact that other tribes accept igbos should have called for reflection on the part of the igbos why there are such dispropirtionate number of other ethnic groups in SOuth Eastern Nigeria? What is behind the expansionist Igbo man and woman? What is the driving force behind money at all cost. Mr Achebe forgets that if we are to do a statistical analysis of the fraudsters, drug traffickers, human traffickers all of which give Nigeria bad name ninety point nine percent are perpetrated by the igbos. When will the righteous Achebe and his disciples turn attention at sanitizing his kins rather than promoting discord between igbos and the yorubas.

    • Julius joel you see where you Yorubas were always stupid and sentimental all the time,look at Yorubas kettle calling pot black.We all know the popular Ajinomoto white maggi that manufacured by Yorubas and we all knows that the so call maggi is as deadly as acid and you can imagin the white maggi that is being use to soak white and the next day the white will be sparkling clean then imagin wat the Ajinomoto maggi will do inside your body wen you use it to cook food but still government didnt ban it

    • Julius or whatever u call urself, its obvious that u were brought into this world through fraudulent means. In other words u are a bastard. Tel me, who ran Nigeria Airways down? Who killed Nitel? Who finished NPA? Who destroyed Nepa?. Who is the Originator of ogboni & who brought the grand lodge? The yoruba’s are leprous. Where ever u go u loot & destroy. Who can be more diabolical than u. Fools. Ur so called professors cannot write a textbook that primary 3 pupil can read

  12. Ndigbo and the entire people of biafra will forever be grateful to pa achebe, he is a man of vision who loves his people, an honest and fearless man, Papa we love you. As for alici and these other yoruba bigots, it will be preposterous of me or any man of reason to trade words with you haters of mankind, I know you are still tasty for blood, but it won’t be long before you are made to drink your own blood and ihat of god Awolowo.

  13. LET THERE BE JUSTICE AND FAIR- PLAY BY ALL. IT IS EITHER WE MAKE THE COUNTRY WORK OR WE SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF NEGLIGENCE. THE NIGERIA POLITICAL WOES IS NOT IRREDEMABLE ONLY IF THE LEADERS ARE READY TO LEARN.

  14. Was the motive behind biafra was in the interest of masses? Nwazuruke is now friend of aso rock. Ojukwu dat sees nothing good in nigeria later contest for aso rock shit. Awolowo is a greedy and power intoxicated entity. But poverty cannot even let my people reason well. Omase oooooo

  15. Somebody Is saying that all the crimes being committed in nigeria is done by the igbos and am wondering if Obasanjo, yardua, Babangida, umaru diko, Danjuma, Buhari, Abdusalami, bode george and host of their evil collaborators who milked nigeria to coma and left it to this pitiable condition are igbos. Umumkpi

  16. Julius Joel,you are a stark illiterate to say that 99.9% of crimes are being perpetrated by the Igbos,I guess you have not visited Ogun state and London and see where yoruba dirty tribes are fully employed in ritualism,drug trafficking and witchcraftism.I dnt know why people misunderstand hardwork from industrous people and tribe to crime..we are not Lazy yorubas and hausas that wait on the govt.for sustainance and survival…we also stay in any place irrespective of ethnicity cos of our indiscrimatory ideology and character..The hausas and yorubas are the problems with Nigeria cos they are tribalistic and bigots animals..when you speak your language in front of a yorubaman he always feel that you are talking about him or her cos of there insincere heart but an Igbo don’t feel bad when u speak yours but rather he or she will strive to learn dat language..lng live Ndigbo eva peaceful and loving tribe..

  17. BY AND LARGE BIAFRA MUST STAND BECAUSE IT DID NOT SIGN ANY TREATY TO STAY TOGETHER.EVEN IF IT SIGNED IT CAN REVOKE IT AND SAY NO. FORGET WHAT AWO DID, BIAFRANS AND YORUBAS ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.BUT VERY SOON THEY WILL BE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. BUT I BLAME THE GRAND SON OF A PASTOR-YAKUBU GOWON WHO WAS IN A POSITION TO REJECT BAD POLICIES OF AWO DURING THE WAR.

  18. HISTORY MUST BE TOLD.PETERS on

    @Julius Joel, u re very stupid, i hve said tht i will not comment on this SAGA agaIOn, bt u hve prompted me to do so, bcos of ur abuse on IGBOS, y cant we do the survyor or d statistic as u hve said and let all nos the tribe tht has d most dubious characters in this ur entity called 9ja, u will be surprised and amazed on the outcome, never captilzed on the ppls industrous to make ur judgement ok, if u think of the tribe tht has been sustaining this ur entity 9ija uptil this time its IBGOS and i put it to u. so, stop tht ur insultive words, if not let the immigrations or d drug law enforcemennnnnnt to get their statistic and let the world to no ok. u are jst another bunch of failure in yoruba land, lazy thing.

  19. Joel said the truth! Let Achebe focus on helping those Igbo men languishing in foreign jails and on death row all over the World. Igbos go home and develop your land. Stop your expansionistic syndrome. This, in the long run destroys your generation unborn, because you hate others and they know it, the discord Achebe is sowing will come to hunt your future generation when all of you are gone.

    • This shows a sign of weakness , hopeless and untrustworthy of you and your past, present and unborn generation will remain…alici or whatever ur useless is.

    • Em Alici,The solidness of a house does not depend on the building,but the foundation,so bear it in mind that the Igbos has a solid foundation,that your past generation,present generation and future generations will not have.Offor!

  20. sir nwendu ezike base in china on

    alice , alice how many times have i call u,yourba is most lazy pples i have ever meet in this world,packing themself in one room , urinate in the same room .,eat in the same room,all ALAYES all over the lagos is yourba pples ,born throw way pples

  21. My there people of igbo land,pls,where ever u ar i encourage u 2 work hard,never give up,bcos 1 day God of biafra’s wil c us through,never mind their thoughtless rattling speaches,bcos we must fight 4 our right.LONG LIVE ACHEBE & BIAFRA.

  22. Chief Adagbo Oghene OBE on

    Alici,
    But Awolowo was a war criminal who must be castigated.If you dont like what is happening, head for the nearest cliff anfd jump. Or get a rop and find the nearest tree to hang. Awolowo should never have committed genocide. Once he did it, someone must write it. That someone could be Achebe or anyone else. Brace yourself for more castigations, that is if you have not committed suicide like your bloodied hero-Awolowo the war criminal.

  23. You dirty Alici boasting abt Lagos and Abj,was those states developed by you Lagosians?Lagos was developed by Fed.govt.cos it used to be the capital of Nigeria b4 it was moved to Abuja in 1991 by Ibrahim Babangida,to weaken the political influence of you Yoruba fools and fake muslims..Better thank the Igbos for feeding u idiots…mumu,better go and learn simple history of Nigeria and stop making noise.Apart 4rm Lagos which other state in the West is developed more than the states in the South east?

    • Igbos are a very myopic race. You people will never be liberated from your shackle of barbarism . You are all so short sighted and argue blindly! If lagos is for federal, do not forget it has been moved to abuja, also go away from Ibadan, Akure, Abeokuta, oshogbo etc. you all roam about civilized societies turning every corner into an eyesore, hanging junks all over in the name of “bizness”
      Please go, no body needs your style of development.
      Yoruba land is always your target anytime you guys develop a brain wave in your backward villages. Mchew! Yeye dey smell.

  24. Igbos are a very myopic race. You people will never be liberated from your shackle of barbarism . You are all so short sighted and argue blindly! If lagos is for federal, do not forget it has been moved to abuja, also go away from Ibadan, Akure, Abeokuta, oshogbo etc. you all roam about civilized societies turning every corner into an eyesore, hanging junks all over in the name of “bizness”
    Please go, no body needs your style of development.
    Yoruba land is always your target anytime you guys develop a brain wave in your backward villages. Mchew! Yeye dey smell.

  25. Julius joel you see where you Yorubas were always stupid and sentimental all the time,look at Yorubas kettle calling pot black.We all know the popular Ajinomoto white maggi that manufacured by Yorubas and we all knows that the so call maggi is as deadly as acid and you can imagin the white maggi that is being use to soak white and the next day the white will be sparkling clean then imagin wat the Ajinomoto maggi will do inside your body wen you use it to cook food but still government didnt ban it .We is deceiving who is this Nigeria?

  26. please respect to prof wole soyinka he is the only wise man from southwest,in nigeria yolubasare more educated than any other tribe in nigeria but most of the time the way they behave bafles me,our brother from yoluba land we igbos love you all but what you people did to us your brothers during the war is sobad we new generation expect you people to appoogise so we can live as one together again.

  27. please respect to prof wole soyinka he is the only wise man from southwest,in nigeria yolubas are more educated than any other tribe in nigeria but most of the time the way they behave bafles me,our brother from yoluba land we igbos love you all but what you people did to us your brothers during the war is so bad we new generation expect you people to appologise so we can live as one together again.

  28. Saka Pena Aloma on

    Finally someone speaks with some logic and you people resort to yabbis. Go and read “half the yellow sun” and figure how folks like Pa Achebe made it through the war in spite of the “starvation”. The most heinous war crime of all is the using your own people’s hunger as a bargaining chip, while diverting food aid meant for the masses to soldiers and other top government officials. God dey!

  29. Illiterate Alici,you have spent your entire life in yoruba land,u did your Nursery,Primary and Sec.sch.dia cos I knw dats wia stopped…beta visit East and see things yourself…if only u knw wia East is or the states that made up the Eastern region…Mumu stark junk moron!!!

    • You half baked!
      Let the igbos continue to hate Yoruba at their own peril.
      Igbos will not stop to amaze me in the way they think.
      So stupid, they can not see beyond their bleeding nose. Achebe write lies about Awo because of hatred and envy, in the process destroying the present and generations of his kinsmen yet unborn, meanwhile he hibernates in America enjoying where he did not sow. Typical of Igbo man.
      Achebe is never concerned with the level of criminality among the Igbos all over the world. He is not concerned about the number of them on death row in the world prisons.
      Take a statistics of Nigerians in the world prisons Igbo people take a big lead. ( maybe Awo is the cause of that too) yeye !
      An Igbo still called e this morning pretending to have some very fake business proposition for me, I shut him off because I am not a greedy Igbo man.
      Tell me where an Igbo man is the first in any field before and after the war? You still pride yourselves on emptiness.
      Ask Gov Okoroacha the challenges the man is facing trying to make life better for his people. The man is trying to educate young children but the boys among them prefer to run to market arenas to do “bisness”
      Yorubas are too sofiscated in reasoning to allow the likes of Ojukwu take them to some stupid war, when they know he was ill prepared . And they will know that Ojukwu did it because of his selfish nature of trying to corner all the available wealth to himself. (Another typical trait of an Igbo man) Yorubas will not allow the likes of ojukwu lailai!

      Igbo man wake up

  30. @Anyado. You can only speak for yourself, we don’t love the yorubas because they are a bunch of unrepentant idiots, with the exception of wole soyinka the others are blood suckers and ritualists . I do hear people say the yorubas are educated and I ask myself where is the education because I don’t. Know them to be special in any thing except to make noise in the media houses, God forbid them.

  31. Well,you guys need to be mindful of your use of words,i believe this slot is for positive comments on the write up, whether Awolowo committed genocide or Achebe put it on record or Shoyinka attested to it all these doesn’t make a difference in our present day lives,if we continue to dwell on the past when do we have the time to plan our future? I do not expect any literate individual to use vulgar words in describing a tribe or race,if we feel wrong has been done in the past then we should figure out a way of righting the wrong,there is no perfect tribe anywhere,we all have our strengths and weaknesses as long as we still remain one nation let us have respect for each other,the issues facing this nation today goes beyond the things of the past,the rich are getting richer while the poor are becoming poorer,the middle class where you and i are suppose to belong has been choked to death in the nations economy by the rich ones,these and so many other issues require our meaningful suggestions which could make or bring about a positive change rather than calling ourselves names,to me this is a major sign of illiteracy or learning from the wrong side of the book,Please guys let us be constructive and progressive in our comments rather than being abusive and backward. God help us all.

  32. These igbo race are bastards that wage war against their country.they always love to reap where they have not sown and the writer of this pieces is sentimental and stupid like the igbo he is.achebe spoke of igbo dominance in what sphere of the Nigerian society?.he should had at least cited the areas so that we can subject it to statistical prevailing economic/political situation then in nigeria for evaluation.this treacherous igbos will arrogate to themselves all manners of goods- useless hypocrites.there is no tribe as insolent,arrogant and disrespectful than the igbos;even to their so called elders.IGBOS listen,no yoruba man/woman living or dead will ever apologies for what happen in war situations.whether 2 or 10 millions bastards igbos died or not, because your leaders ojukwu the thief( that uses the war situation to enrich himself by looting the Eastern Nigeria central banks ; a trait of the igbos) .moreover,ojukwu borrowed the idea to declare war from ADAKA BORO (IJAW HERO),therefore ojukwu has done nothing spectacular -FOOLS. Education will never benefit the igbos because most of the bastards that posted their comments on wole soyinka’s position do not understand what the writer said about soyinka.every other nigerians were aggrieved on igbo massacre in the north-PERIOD.what spectacular thing has the igbo done in lagos and abuja?al the yorubas have never sent a plea to igbos to remain in lagos and could remenber not long ago,fashola indirectly asked igbos to go back to their villages or stop migration to lagos because congestion.The write can keep sentimental achebe’s book for their generations yet unborn and the yoruba generations yet unborn will stick to what happen during the war.Please igbos try another war and this time you go into oblivion.Defeated and conquered race of hypocritical blood and agents of lies.your leaders are in the sphere of tinubu and never in comparison to ajasin,adesanya etc let alone the Great AWO.

  33. You half baked!!!
    Let the igbos continue to hate Yoruba at their own peril.
    Igbos will not stop to amaze me in the way they think.
    So stupid, they can not see beyond their bleeding nose. Achebe write lies about Awo because of hatred and envy, in the process destroying the present and generations of his kinsmen yet unborn, meanwhile he hibernates in America enjoying where he did not sow. Typical of Igbo man.
    Achebe is never concerned with the level of criminality among the Igbos all over the world. He is not concerned about the number of them on death row in the world prisons.
    Take a statistics of Nigerians in the world prisons Igbo people take a big lead. ( maybe Awo is the cause of that too) yeye !
    An Igbo still called e this morning pretending to have some very fake business proposition for me, I shut him off because I am not a greedy Igbo man.
    Tell me where an Igbo man is the first in any field before and after the war? You still pride yourselves on emptiness.
    Ask Gov Okoroacha the challenges the man is facing trying to make life better for his people. The man is trying to educate young children but the boys among them prefer to run to market arenas to do “bisness”
    Yorubas are too sofiscated in reasoning to allow the likes of Ojukwu take them to some stupid war, when they know he was ill prepared . And they will know that Ojukwu did it because of his selfish nature of trying to corner all the available wealth to himself. (Another typical trait of an Igbo man) Yorubas will not allow the likes of ojukwu lailai!

    Igbo man wake up

  34. I don’t know why yorubas re 2 coward b4 d northerners.Hausas always use them as mercinaries 2 achieve their goals.Ibo can’t be cheated easily by hausa.dat is y ibo nd hausa re alwayz in conflict.And if igbos leave lagos,lagos wil dry up, no 2 wayz abt it, nd it wil take fews yrs 4 igbos dat live in lagos 2 established biz in their place .y FG has nt constructed seaport in river nija?becuz if it is constructed igbos wil vacate lagos.Igbos re d salt of dis nation.think of int’l representation they re there 4 nigeria.Igbos re versatile both in education nd biz.Nigeria shudn’t disregard igbos

  35. John i like that. If idiot alic like ket him or her hear it igbos are the sault of this mation. Thats why they are working against our freedom.

  36. Alici and Peter you both lack simple wisdom…have you asked yourselves whom the father of Ojukwu is?Where he started from?Do you think that Ojukwu came from a wreched home and background like U and ur kinsmen?You have the gut to say that cos u are bunch of stinking ass..right from the on set your tribe are saboteurs whom are fake christians and muslims.

  37. Peter do y know your father even at your age I wonder if ur father has told u were he come from before he died you would not have been saying all this nonsence.

  38. I guess it’s high time Punch Punch startd editin pple’s comments b/4 postin, bcos some d commentators hv ‘killed’ d sole aim of write-up. Youths of dis generatn shd think themsevs more of d world’s citizens thn tribal jingoists.

  39. What adds to one’s irritation about Igbo boys’ defence of Achebe’s nonsense is that the Igbo cannot point to one act of non-tribalism on their own part. All the howls are about one ethnic groups or the other being tribalistic and wanting to destroy Ndigbo. Sickening!

  40. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    I THINK WE SHOULD FIRST START COMPLETE SANITATION IN IGBO LAND BECAUSE OUR ENEMIES NOW ARE OUR BROTHERS DOES THAT DEVIATE FROM THEY FAITH TO OPPOSITE. THEY ARE OUR REALLY BETRAYERS NOW. LONG LIVE BIAFRA AND BIAFRANS.

  41. Nduka Felix mobolaji uzuh on

    @alici, ndi-igbo should not be miscontrued for being in love with money or being greedy for money. Igbos are the most industrious citizens of this country. Igbos have contributed greatly to the development of lagos and Nigeria as a whole. A yoruba woman still holds the highest record of being able to smuggle large quantity of wraped cocaine in her private part. And also in festac town. Two yoruba siblings killed their junior brother and kept his corps in the house, selling his body parts to ritualIsts for money. And it is a clear fact also that if igbos should move out of lagos, area boys will turn against lagosians, because they won’t be getting the money they always get when igbos bring in their goods in containers, to off-load in lagos. Egbeda, amuwo-odofin, ikorodu, etc. All this places were bushes, and not developed, until the emergence of igbos. 90% of houses in aja and so many other places in lagos are owned by igbos. Yorubas should learn to live in other regions of nigeria. just like igbos do, this will impact positively on their lives. In terms of corruption, yorubas have contributed greatly in looting nigeria, eg= tafa balogun, otedola, gbenga Daniel, bode gorge, to mention but a few. Majority of accomplished igbos made their wealth from hard work.

  42. We re victim of war,bt one day god wil set d country free from evil triblist,dt cal them self our leaders.shame on nigeria,no water,no light,

  43. In nigeria de ibos re hard working,go 2 abuja,togo,douala,gabon,soatome,u wil see an ibo man making hs money,we re entprise,d yoruba re coruprt,triblist,if u re nt frm there area u cant wrk wit then in office even in churchs.

  44. Nduka Felix mobolaji uzuh on

    Wole shoyinka, has always stood on the side of truth, while other yorubas are while fani kayode, Frederick fasheun and others like them(who will see black and still call it black) are hell bent on twisting history just to preserve the dying image of sadistic awolowo. And yorubas claim to be the most educated people in nigeria, but i wonder why they can’t read historical books to educate their minds. They said ojukwu declared war on nigeria, but history truly vindicates ojukwu, because history has it that the first gun shot was fired in biafran land by rampaging nigerian soldiers. Ojukwu showed the quality of good leadership to biafrans, by refusing the passage of relief materials from nigeria to biafrans, because no right thinking leader will accept food from an enemy. If yorubas will receive food from an enemy, when at war then they must be the most foolish people on earth. It was awolowo and gowon that fabricated the lies that ojukwu starved his people to death, but biafrans and the whole would rubbished their lies, when ojukwu was celebrated and honoured upon his return from exile, and also at death, he was give the kind of burial no nigerian or African has ever received. Ojukwu is Gods sent presarvator of the igbo race, sent by God to save his people from total extermination. Nigerians have decided to continue living on the foundaction of lies, laid by awolowo and gowon, they should also be ready to fight the consequences of living on lies. Nigeria will never know peace, until her leaders learns to stop twisting history.

  45. Truely, am confused in all these write-ups. Rains of abuse on one another. We should adopt a constructive mind to cheer this nation to greatness. Living behind the spirit of ethnicity and religious bigotry and face our problems squarely.

  46. Truely, am confused in all these write-ups. Rains of abuse on one another. We should adopt a constructive mind to cheer this nation to greatness. Living behind the spirit of ethnicity and religious bigotry and face our problems squarely. We progress in the degree that we manipulate wisely all things that enter into our lives,and that makes the sum total of each one’s life experience. Let us be brave and strong in the presence of each problem as it presents itself and makes the best of all. Let us help the things we can help, and let us be not bothered or crippled by the things we can not help. The great God of all is watching and manipulating these things most wisely and we need not fear or even have concern regarding them. Just BELIEVE, its all working for good to those that BELIEVES..!!! Good bye my Biafran brothers.

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