RALPH you wrote well, except that you missed some points. The first is that the Igbo are everywhere in Yorubaland and they are accommodated and are doing well. Now if some people are reacting negatively to them, it could be that there are aspects of their attitudes people don’t like. I think Igbo are not liberal, they don’t open up to others and they don’t invite others to also settle in their areas to live and do business. How many Yoruba are in Onitsha Market? Those who try would be frustrated out. Why can’t Igbo stay in their place? Don’t they have land? Please note that Yorub have been very hospitable to the Igbo and I would like you to reflect that in your next write up. Let the Igbo do a soul search of what is wrong and correct it. Wale Peters – 08127986498
Fine Job – 08066124969
Just finished reading the piece “Nigeria and the Igbo,” and I want to thank you for the work. You are a very courageous Nigerian, proud Igbo son. It takes knowledge and courage for someone, especially one from Igboland, to say what you said. Since I started reading you, this is your best write-up, I score it A-plus; it is a wonderful piece. Would our leaders read you, would they listen, that is the problem. Thank you very much.
Engr. Friday Ogbuji– 09080916080
Ralph, there is no place in the world where discrimination against one tribe or the other does not exist. Among the Europeans, there are things White indigenes would get away with that Blacks cannot. In case of Nigeria, we are a country and not a nation. So it is foolhard for anyone to think that he has the rights to live like an indigene everywhere in the whole country. Wherever an Igbo lives, even along West African Coast, he claims enormous rights of citizenry and that is why they have altercations with the indigenes of places where they reside: a thing they too would not accommodate even with their Igbo compatriots. When Senator T.A. Orji was the Abia State governor, he displaced Igbo people from other states in the guise of making employment available to indigenes. That shows the extent discrimination has eaten deep into the system. In Lagos there are Igbo members of the House of Representatives. Such would not be tolerated of non-indigenes in any part of the Southeastern states. It is a norm in human existence. Igbo are itinerant in nature hence the prominence in terms of discriminatory acts against them.
Lai Ashadele – 07067677806
I read your work and found it very interesting. Thank you very much. I am however very disturbed about events and situation in the southeast. The leaders don’t appear to be up to the situation; the legislators too have lost their voice, none can say what the East wants. I am very angry, we don’t have leaders. The ones in position got there by accident. Some of us are ready to die defending Igbo and Igboland, our children will not suffer what we are going through. I desire to say congratulations hoping that would inspire you to work hard to raise others who will lead and defend the Igbo.
Uche – 08161699117
After reading the work “Nigeria and the Igbo”, I decided to get in touch with you to salute you for your courage to say all you said in the article. I don’t have anything to give you for the wonderful analysis you made, but I know my reachout to you would confirm to you that you have the support of all well meaning Igbo across the world and those who wish Nigeria well. Only God can reward you for what you do for the Igbo; you always defy odds, not minding what it may cost you to speak for us. God will protect and take you to greater heights from where you will stand for your people and for better Nigeria. I like your conclusion in the write-up that nations are built and that is what we should be doing but not doing. They maltreat the Igbo and yet would not allow us go our way, treat us well, they won’t. God will handle the situation at his own time. Please be rest assured we love you.
Nice piece of advice you got there for Nigeria and its leaders, but you see, as an Igbo adage goes “When the ear is advised and it fails to heed to advice, if the head is cut off, the ear will not be spared.”
Akunne Ekene – divinetouch[email protected]
Thank you for the loaded word of advice to our country Nigeria and its people at a time like this. We have had several national conferences that equally produced several reports on restructuring of federalism in Nigeria. My question is this: where are the reports of all the national conferences held since 1999 to date and why did governments successively find it hard to implement them? Regards to your family.
Kennedy Okoye – okoyeken[email protected]
Ralph, your write up “Nigeria and the Igbo” was thought provoking and exposed the antidote our country needs to move forward as a nation. One thing is certain: the marriage of Nigeria of one husband and two wives will never remain like this forever.
Legend (USA) – +19194109985
Thank God that an intellectual of your class is now seeing from the viewpoint of the downtrodden Igbo compatriots otherwise labelled Biafra agitators. If only our people would start being vocal like the Yoruba elite, then we would be fine. Thanks again, you made my Sunday.
Ralph I don’t think the Igbo need to clamour, demonstrate, protest or go violent to get Biafra. If you all depart Lagos/Nigeria and its structures enmass (like you did in 1993 for “new yam festival”) and remain in Igbo land just for six months, the Federal Government would be compelled to either beg and pacify you or do your bidding. You could have thus got Biafra on a platter without any no shot or war. But can eastern hamlets and forest ghettos contain your people? What nation would Biafra be?
It pleases my heart that you Igbo in the media especially in the Sun have seen the plot to exterminate the Igbo and are now speaking out about the Igbo plight which we who have no have access to the media are unable to do. So thank you for your piece “Nigeria and the Igbo.” One day, what happened to Pharaoh will surely happen to whoever is punishing the Igbo and refusing to let them go, but would rather kill them like fowls. Amen.
HRH EzeAkoma – 08051110757
My doctor, each time I read your article like that of today titled “Nigeria and the Igbo”, I start to weep for the Igbo. The most pathetic aspect is that our Igbo leaders and politicians don’t see this in its true perspective. They seem to gloss over the problem which is very unfortunate. Igbo are now like the Israelites under Pharaoh. How long can this inhuman intolerable condition continue while we continue to be victims in Nigeria? Is God still alive on His throne?
RX – 08120992090
Ralph, may your ink never run dry and may your days be long. As long as the Igbo remained in Nigeria, they are endangered species.
Igbos know very well they are hated all over Nigeria yet they refuse coming together and until we understand the importance of unity we will remain prey for our haters. God bless you richly.