PM News Nigeria


Biafra : Awolowo replies Achebe from the grave  print

Published on October 6, 2012 by   ·   64 Comments

Nigeria’s literary legend, Chinua Achebe in his latest memoir on the defunct Biafra, accused a Nigerian political legend, Obafemi Awolowo of demonstrating hatred against Igbo via the policies Awolowo initiated when he was Vice-Chairman and Finance Minister in General Yakubu Gowon’s cabinet during the Nigerian civil war.

Achebe did not make any new accusations; such dogged the Nigerian politician when he was alive and he had debunked all of them . Awo died in 1987 without fulfilling his life-long dream of presiding over Nigeria. The surprise however is that Achebe had decided to unearth the same old unfounded story 25 years after Awo’s demise.

What Achebe wrote about Awo:

“The wartime cabinet of General Gowon, the military ruler, it should also be remembered, was full of intellectuals, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, among others, who came up with a boatload of infamous and regrettable policies. A statement credited to Awolowo and echoed by his cohorts is the most callous and unfortunate: all is fair in war, and starvation is one of the weapons of war. I don’t see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight harder’.

“It is my impression that Awolowo was driven by an overriding ambition for power, for himself and for his Yoruba people. There is, on the surface at least, nothing wrong with those aspirations. However, Awolowo saw the dominant Igbo at the time as the obstacles to that goal, and when the opportunity arose with the Nigeria-Biafra war, his ambition drove him into a frenzy to go to every length to achieve his dreams. In the Biafran case, it meant hatching up a diabolical policy to reduce the numbers of his enemies significantly through starvation eliminating over two million people, mainly members of future generations.”

Thanks to www.nigeriavillagesquare.com, we bring Awo back from the grave to confront Achebe’s lies, in his own words.

When you finish reading, make your own conclusion as to whom had lied: Achebe or Obafemi Awolowo.

During the 1983 elections, Chief Awolowo was hosted to a town hall interview in Abeokuta, where in addition to other pertinent topics of the day, he spoke on his role in the civil war, the 20-pound policy, starvation as a weapon, change of currency, abandoned property etc.
CIVIL WAR

MODERATOR: Yes Mr…….Mr. Oparadike.

QUESTION: Chief Awolowo, your stand on the civil war…Your stand on the civil war, however unpopular it may have been to the Biafrans or Ibo people, helped to shorten the war. Today, you’re being cast as the sole enemy of the Ibo people because of that stand, by among others, some of the people who as members of the federal military government at that time, were party to that decision and are today, in some cases, inheritors of power in one Nigeria which that decision of yours helped to save. How do you feel being cast in this role, and what steps are you taking to endear yourself once again to that large chunk of Nigerians who feels embittered.

AWOLOWO: As far as I know, the Ibo masses are friendly to me, towards me. In fact, whenever I visit Iboland, either Anambra or Imo, and there’s no campaigning for elections on, the Ibo people receive me warmly and affectionately. But there are some elements in Iboland who believe that they can maintain their popularity only by denigrating me, and so they keep on telling lies against me. Ojukwu is one of them. I don’t want to mention the names of the others because they are still redeemable, but ….Ojukwu is irredeemable so I mention his name, and my attitude to these lies is one of indifference, I must confess to you.

I’ve learnt to rely completely on the providence and vindication of Almighty God in some of these things. I’ve tried to explain myself in the past, but these liars persist. Ojukwu had only recently told the same lie against me. What’s the point in correcting lies when people are determined to persist in telling lies against you, what’s the point. I know that someday the Ibos, the masses of the Ibo people will realize who their friends are, and who their real enemies are. And the day that happens woe betide those enemies. The Ibos will deal with them very roughly, very roughly.

That has happened in my life. I have a nickname now, if you see my letterhead you’ll find something on top, you’ll find a fish done on the letterhead. Some people put Lion on theirs, some people put Tiger, but mine is Fish. And Fish represents my zodiac sign, those of you who read the stars and so on in the newspapers; you’ll find out that there’s a zodiac sign known as pisces, in Latin pisces mean Fish.

So I put pisces on top, that’s my zodiac sign being born on the 6th of March,….er well, the year doesn’t matter, it’s the day that matters. And then on top of it I write Eebudola. All of you know the meaning of that. You know I don’t want to tell a long story but………………Awolowo school, omo Awolowo, the started in Urhobo land, in Mid-west in those days. They were ridiculing my schools, I was building schools –brick and cement, to dpc level, block to dpc level and mud thereafter. And so the big shots in the place..”ah what kind of school is this? is this Awolowo school? Useless school” and when they saw the children..”ah these Awolowo children, they can’t read and write, Awolowo children” that’s how it started, with ridicule, and it became blessing, and now they say “Awolowo children, they are good people” no more ridicule about it, that’s how it started, so the Eebu becomes honor, the abuse became honor.

And so when I look back to all my life, treasonable felony, jail, all the abuses that were heaped on me, to Coker Inquiry, all sorts, and I see what has happened to the people who led, who led all these denigration campaign, where are they today? Those that are alive are what I call Homo Mortuus- dead living, oku eniyan, that’s what they are, those that their lives have gone.

So when I look back, I come to the conclusion that all these abuses which have been heaped on me all my life for doing nothing, for doing good, they have become honor, and so Eebudola is one of my nicknames. So I’ve cultivated an attitude of indifference, I’ve done no evil to the Ibos.

During the war I saw to it that the revenue which was due to the Iboland- South Eastern states they call it, at that time..east central state, I kept it, I saved the money for them. And when they ….was librated I handed over the money to them- millions. If I’d decided to do so, I could have kept the money away from them and then when they took over I saw to it that subvention was given to them at the rate of 990,000 pounds every month. I didn’t go to the executive council to ask for support, or for approval because I knew if I went to the executive council at that time the subvention would not be approved because there were more enemies in the executive council for the Ibos than friends. And since I wasn’t going to take a percentage from what I was going to give them, and I knew I was doing what was right, I wanted the state to survive, I kept on giving the subvention – 990,000 almost a million, every month, and I did that for other states of course- South eastern state, North central state, Kwara and so on.

But I did that for the Ibos, and when the war was over, I saw to it that the ACB got three and a half million pounds to start with. This was distributed immediately and I gave another sum of money. The attitude of the experts, officials at the time of the ACB was that ACB should be closed down, and I held the view you couldn’t close the ACB down because that is the bank that gives finance to the Ibo traders, and if you close it down they’ll find it difficult to revive or to survive. So it was given. I did the same thing for the Cooperative Bank of Eastern Nigeria, to rehabilitate all these places, and I saw to it as commissioner for finance that no obstacle was placed in the way of the ministry of economic planning in planning for rehabilitation of the war affected areas.

TWENTY POUNDS POLICY

That’s what I did, and the case of the money they said was not given back to them, you know during the war all the pounds were looted, they printed Biafran currency notes, which they circulated, at the close of the war some people wanted their Biafran notes to be exchanged for them. Of course I couldn’t do that, if I did that the whole country would be bankrupt. We didn’t know about Biafran notes and we didn’t know on what basis they have printed them, so we refused the Biafran note, but I laid down the principle that all those who had savings in the banks on the eve of the declaration of the Biafran war or Biafra, will get their money back if they could satisfy us that they had the savings there, or the money there. Unfortunately, all the banks’s books had been burnt, and many of the people who had savings there didn’t have their saving books or their last statement of account, so a panel had to be set up.

I didn’t take part in setting up the panel, it was done by the Central bank and the pertinent officials of the ministry of finance, to look into the matter, and they went carefully into the matter, they took some months to do so, and then make some recommendation which I approved. Go to the archives, all I did was approve, I didn’t write anything more than that, I don’t even remember the name of any of them who took part. So I did everything in this world to assist our Ibo brothers and sisters during and after the war.

And anyone who goes back to look at my broadcast in August 1967, which dealt with post-war reconstruction would see what I said there.

STARVATION POLICY

Then, but above all, the ending of the war itself that I’m accused of, accused of starving the Ibos, I did nothing of the sort. You know, shortly after the liberation of these places, Calabar, Enugu and Port Harcort, I decided to pay a visit. There are certain things which I knew which you don’t know, which I don’t want to say here now, when I write my reminisces in the future I will do so. Some of the soldiers were not truthful with us, they didn’t tell us correct stories and so on.

I wanted to be there and see things for myself, bear in mind that Gowon himself did not go there at that time, it was after the war was over that he dorn himself up in various military dresses- Air force dress, Army dress and so on, and went to the war torn areas. But I went and some people tried to frighten me out of my goal by saying that Adekunle was my enemy and he was going to see to it that I never return from the place, so I went.

But when I went what did I see? I saw the kwashiorkor victims. If you see a kwashiorkor victim you’ll never like war to be waged. Terrible sight, in Enugu, in Port Harcourt, not many in Calabar, but mainly in Enugu and Port Harcourt. Then I enquired what happened to the food we are sending to the civilians. We were sending food through the Red cross, and CARITAS to them, but what happen was that the vehicles carrying the food were always ambushed by the soldiers. That’s what I discovered, and the food would then be taken to the soldiers to feed them, and so they were able to continue to fight. And I said that was a very dangerous policy, we didn’t intend the food for soldiers. But who will go behind the line to stop the soldiers from ambushing the vehicles that were carrying the food? And as long as soldiers were fed, the war will continue, and who’ll continue to suffer? and those who didn’t go to the place to see things as I did, you remember that all the big guns, all the soldiers in the Biafran army looked all well fed after the war, its only the mass of the people that suffered kwashiorkor.

You won’t hear of a single lawyer, a single doctor, a single architect, who suffered from kwashiorkor? None of their children either, so they waylaid the foods, they ambushed the vehicles and took the foods to their friends and to their collaborators and to their children and the masses were suffering. So I decided to stop sending the food there. In the process the civilians would suffer, but the soldiers will suffer most.

CHANGE OF CURRENCY

And it is on record that Ojukwu admitted that two things defeated him in this war, that’s as at the day he left Biafra. He said one, the change of currency, he said that was the first thing that defeated him, and we did that to prevent Ojukwu taking the money which his soldiers has stolen from our Central bank for sale abroad to buy arms. We discovered he looted our Central bank in Benin, he looted the one in Port Harcourt, looted the one in Calabar and he was taking the currency notes abroad to sell to earn foreign exchange to buy arms.

So I decided to change the currency, and for your benefit, it can now be told the whole world, only Gowon knew the day before, the day before the change took place. I decided, only three of us knew before then- Isong now governor of Cross River, Attah and myself. It was a closely guarded secret, if any commissioner at the time say that he knew about it, he’s only boosting his own ego. Because once you tell someone, he’ll tell another person. So we refused to tell them and we changed the currency notes. So Ojukwu said the change in currency defeated him, and starvation of his soldiers also defeated him.

These were the two things that defeated Ojukwu. And, he reminds me, when you saw Ojukwu’s picture after the war, did he look like someone who’s not well fed? But he has been taking the food which we send to civilians, and so we stopped the food.

ABANDONED PROPERTY

And then finally, I saw to it that the houses owned by the Ibos in Lagos and on this side, were kept for them. I had an estate agent friend who told me that one of them collected half a million pounds rent which has been kept for him. All his rent were collected, but since we didn’t seize their houses, he came back and collected half a million pounds.

So that is the position. I’m a friend of the Ibos and the mass of the Ibos are my friends, but there are certain elements who want to continue to deceive the Ibos by telling lies against me, and one day, they’ll discover and then that day will be terrible for those who have been telling the lies.

http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/newsflash/exclusive-chief-obafemi-awolowo-on-biafra-in-his-own-words.html

print
Posted by on October 6, 2012, 11:25 am. Filed under Features, News, Today's Headlines, World. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

64 Comments for “Biafra : Awolowo replies Achebe from the grave”

  1. nwaoma

    Awo hated d ibo race so much and it’s a common knowledge stop using d fourth estate of d reams which u dominate to feed us with lies

    • john ufot

      The igbos and their skewed mentality! They blame everyone but themselves for their woes. The criminal Ojukwu and the crimes he committed against the people of the Niger Delta is not being talked about. I remember vividly as a growing kid how the useless biafrians occupied our town and started killing people indiscriminately and raping women. Until the Igbos apologise for the atrocities they committed against us let them forget about running the affairs of Nigeria because nobody trust them. They do not even trust themselves. Let us see how they will produce the president for Nigeria without the Yorubas. Continue to deceive yourselves that anyone takes note of your mudsling and blackmails.

      • mbang

        Please JOHN UFOT CAN YOU PUBLISH THE CRIME OJUKWU COMMITED AGAINST PEOPLE OF SOUTH SOUTH BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE WAR? IGBOS PENETRATED MD WEST DURING THE WAR FOR MONTHS WERE THERE, DID THEY EVER KILL ANY BENIN MAN? DID THEY EVER RAPE ANY MIDWESTERN WOMEN? IF YOU CANNOT COMPILE CRIME IGBOS COMMITTED AGAINST SS PEOPLE YOU ARE NOTHING BUT ENEMY OF TRUTH. CAN YOU PLEASE REGARD YOURSELF AS ENEMY OF TRUTH? Who raped women at PH? It was Benjamin Adekunle and his soldiers.Who killed people of SS through incessant bombing since war ended was it Igbo presidents? Its unfortunate.Today we have 1 nija and as far as we are concerned it 1 nija forever wether bokoharam is killing or not. Awo commited war crimes and it lives forever with his history. Igbos are not saying or demanding any reparations.This is issue came up bc of virtuperations from the west against a genuine work of history. Any truth lover will say truth is truth. crime is crime NO MATTER WHO COMMITED IT. That is why Charles Taylor is in jail today. You do not shoot at REDCROSS planes carrying food to children.You do not poison food meant for children it is war crime that was commited against Igbos and even against SS people by same group of people. Hundreds of children from SS were also affected by the war severly read the account of AWO himself.So put yourself together divided we stand till the cord be broken and tied accordingly.

        • Amobi

          bro ur on point! let them keep winning their mouth. this war will never be over until the truth is said.

          i dey laugh.

  2. tony

    please if this is a form of restitution let it be offered formally. everyone alive knows that awo did not like the ibos, and so this fabricated concoction which the producer started with saying “Achebe lied” is simply an opinion. ask yourself do you regret that nigeria was not split by the civil war? are we supposed to exist as we do geographically?

  3. Ennkay

    Let the igbos continue with their Lamentations. Did Achebe expect Awolowo (RIP) to support the Biafran Army to overrun Lagos, which was then the seat of power? Jokers! Let everybody believe whatever he wants to believe, but to me, Awo still remains my hero, for ever!

    • akpos

      Yes your hero indeed. His policy killed 2 million women and children by deliberate starvation. You should add Adolf Hitler to your list of heroes. you fool

    • Peter

      Enkay, how can you call someone who uses force to hold back group of people whom they have maltreated. if he thinks his intelect was super enough why didnt he confide in Gowon(just like he changed the money overnight) that this people(Ibos) feel cheated and they should just go whithout going to war. I don’t know if u are a man or woman. If you notice your husband is maltreating you and you say to him u want to leave, and all he could do was to use force to hold you back rather than addressing your complaint. How will you feel?And in the process of using force your children died: How will you still feel? The truth is they have hurt the Ibos so much and they are still killing the ibos in the north as am replying this comment of yours.If Nigeria can not address the issue of corruption, tribalisms, religious conflicts, then let the group of people who feels they can survive on their own leave without using force to hold them back. period.

    • mbang

      The world is A FOOTBALL. SINCE YOU LOVE WAR CRIME, ARE YOU SURE IT WILL NOT COME TO YOU AND YOUR TRIBE VERY VERY SOON? WATCH IT MY FRIEND GOD IS A RIGHTEOUS JUDGE AND WILL WOE THE PLEA

  4. Prince T

    Stop all this whining. The ibos should blame no one but themselves. I challenged the Ibos to pesent a united candidate for 2015. Even if the person does not win. Ibos are ibos problem, leave Awo out of it. Some weeks ago Iwanyanwu kicked against Ibo presidency. Nzeribe and ekwueme have done dat in the past. I wonder if Biafra would have survived, if the succeeded. Ibo pls wake up to reality and get on with your lives. Dont u have christians among u.

  5. naubiko

    @Prince T this is a biiter pill to swallow, but I agree with you . Our disunity as an Igbo tribe can not see us present a candidate as we do not understand the dynamics of Nigeria politics. Ayim for example settled for less, Ojo Madueke name them. Kalu is a nobody .

  6. henry

    Anybody that want to cry can cry.National assembly is yet to enact any law against LAMENTATION .Awo remain a great man while some of his enemlies are HOMO MORTUUS using Papa Awo’s word..It is only a glueless leader that we sit and watch while his opponents bring down his government .though papa was not the head of state but as the finance minister and vice chairman federal executive council ,it will be unpatrotic of him to fold his hands and watch while the rest of the country was on fire.wait a minute is Lagos part of Biafra?why are the Prof Achebe’s boys going there ?to do what.well if the war failed that time because of the Great man Awo,he is no more now who so desire can start.But war is not the answer but peaceful coexistence,Nigeria can be great if we work together as one.God bless,Yoruba,Ibo and Hausa.God bless Nigeria.

  7. SLS

    Just wondering Awo was putting up this defence! If he(Awo) could device means of stopping the Biafrans from using the looted monies from CBN to buy weapons abroad, what stopped him from devising means of sending food to the suffering Igbo masses, without it being diverted by the Biafran Soldiers.Let us forget these stories (the truth is so plain). Admit that u did everything under ur power(including starving the Igbo masses) to put an end to the war and stop being holier than thou. Achebe is not the first to bring up this(else, “Awo” could not have been defending himself in this write-up) and all he(Achebe) did is to document his experience during the war, simply for the world to know the roles of biafra war actors. What “Igbo” were fighting for and is still fighting for, is what will put the nation in the right shape. Divide the country and let all the tribes go their own way.There is no unity (we were never one and can never be one) in Nigeria and the earlier we admit this, the better.

  8. SLS

    Just wondering why Awo was putting up this defence! If he(Awo) could device means of stopping the Biafrans from using the looted monies from CBN to buy weapons abroad, what stopped him from devising means of sending food to the suffering Igbo masses, without it being diverted by the Biafran Soldiers.Let us forget these stories (the truth is so plain). Admit that u did everything under ur power(including starving the Igbo masses) to put an end to the war and stop being holier than thou. Achebe is not the first to bring up this(else, “Awo” could not have been defending himself in this write-up) and all he(Achebe) did is to document his experience during the war, simply for the world to know the roles of biafra war actors. What “Igbo” were fighting for and is still fighting for, is what will put the nation in the right shape. Divide the country and let all the tribes go their own way.There is no unity (we were never one and can never be one) in Nigeria and the earlier we admit this, the better.

  9. justin

    Even my great grand mother knows at her finger tips all de roles played by Awo during de war to emasculate d Igbo nation. He has nothing to defend. My joy now is dat what d Igbos fought for are what everyone is discussing today as de only way forward.
    Justin
    Lagos

  10. IT is Unafrican to accuse the dead, so what happened is almost a bygone. But we must admit that ethnicity and religious bigotries are the twin devils that hold our socio- economic developments. I have my due respects for Pa Awo on many aspects as well as disrespects too. For an instance he said and unqoute that ” Igbos will one day see who their enemies are and their friends ” This year alone one Mallam Kaitta had in his reply to Alh. Asari on Insecurity in the Nation drew his attention to the civil war era aggrement between the North and present South South and West on the Biafra. Alh. Atiku our former v-president did mention his opposition and regrets to Alex Ekwueme also ex- vice president propositions , on what he thought will be beneficial to the Igbos , from former Biafra enclave. Awo while in the East saw to himself that there is nothing good at wanton killings and destructions , nothing good at war except its ending. Achebe has right to say what he knew and Awo also has right to defend himself becuase of nemesis and posterity . So folks judgement belongs to God.

  11. Professor Chinua Achebe is a pure tribalist who has hiden his ethnic sentiment against Chief Awolowo and the Yoruba people for so long untill his memoir came out to exposed him of his true colour.
    Let Professor Chinua Achebe say whatever that suit his tribal sentimental pride but the fact is that Chief Awolowo did not incite General Ojukwu and Igbos to embarked on mission impossible venture of cession of Biafra tribe from Nigeria entity.
    Most Igbos fond it right to come to the yoruba tribe to settle down for business while Yoruba people are not allowed to settle in any Eastern parts of Nigeria.
    It is quite unfortunate that despite the academic stature of professor Chinua Achebe,he operates at the lowest ebb of tribal sentimental level.Shame!

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.

    • ENYI OHA

      YOU WRITE AS IF A NATIVE DOCTOR.
      READ SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI ON HOW THE HAUSA FULANIS USED AWOLOWO DURING THE WAR AND DUMPED HIM AFTER.
      AWO WAS BEING MORE CATHOLIC THAN THE POPE IN GENOCIDAL POLICIES AS RECORDED BY ACHEBE INSPITE OF HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH BECAUSE OF BLIND HATRED.THE JUDGEMENT OF HISTORY HAS JUST STARTED.

  12. GORRJIGEN

    Achebe should have started analysing the war from Ifeajuna and Nzeogu.Ojukwu refused to publish his memoirs because he knew the Igbos will hate him more.
    Achebe has no case to submit,Awolowo has no case to answer.The lesson is dont throw stones onto other people s fathers because they wont throw apples at your own children.

  13. Jay

    @Dr Pat. I wonder what kind of Dr you are. what is written by Prof Achebe is not new. Everyone worth his salt knows that what he said is the truth and nothing but the truth. If we are to accuse anyone of being tribal, it is you pat kolawole, i refer to people like you as Educated illiterates.

  14. steve

    SLS your write up is very clear. i love it keep it up coz u know the truth.Forget ndi ofemanu who never admit the truth about Prof Achebe writing.

    • musa dogo

      You are so blind by your ethnic hatred and perverted reasoning. Your biafrian leaders were feeding fat on food hijacked from Red Cross.
      Who prevented your people from cultivating the farms? Is it not you same biafrian army?
      If there is war again; appropriate measure and policies similar to that of Chief Awolowo will be adopted to bring war to quick end.

  15. The Ibos should be informed that they Ojukwu is the course of the civil war and the bloated several ibos that died.And that is still haunting him even after his death.No wonder peace is still not feasible in his family.

    • mbang

      Yes Ojukwu carried out pogrom against Igbos in 1948, Ojukwu carried out pogrom against Igbos in 1966, Ojukwu recruited Nzeogwu and Yoruba soldiers to plan and execute coup in 1966. Ojukwu caused war because he should have folded his hands when Hausas soldiers decleared war and started killing Igbos and advancing south. Even Hausa generals have even SAID OJUKWU WAS RIGHT TO FIGHT BACK. CARRY YOUR FACE IN SHAME. Meanwhile AWO CANNOT CLAIM HE DID NOT KNOW OR HAVE HAND IN THE COUP THAT WAS TO MAKE HIM PRESIDENT. IT WAS AWOLOWOS COUP THAT FAILED. Forget it no man can destroy history.

  16. I still haven’t understood the cry of present day Igbos.Your forefathers(Ojukwu and co) saw war as the only option and decided to pursue it.Of course in a war,you expect the un-expected,and that was what happened.So why are the Igbos still angry over spilt milk?Should papa Awo who was a part of the government now support Biafra against the government?Why did Ojukwu abandon his people when he realised the government troops were closing in on them?Why didn’t he flee with all of them?These are the questions Igbos should be asking themselves instead of blaming papa Awo,whom even the UN under Kofi Anan approved of his sacrifice for the Nigerian nation.

  17. Kool

    To all the boastful, big-mouth & empty barrel igbos, this is the time to make good your promise to secede if you’re not a bunch of cowards.

    1. Obasanjo is not in power to stop u now
    2. The COAS (Army) is ur true son (Not Danbazu)
    3. U have d CONS (Navy) at ur disposal
    4. NDA commanndant belongs to u
    5. D Finance minister is ur daughter, not Awolowo
    6. U can easily fly in ammunition (ur daughter heads aviation)
    7. Ur son is the SFG
    8. Ur son is the Deputy Senate President
    9. Ur son is d Deputy Speaker etc, etc.
    10. U are d “Jew” of Africa
    11. U are d “Chinese” of Africa (u no longer claim Japan)
    12. U have a President that will never impede you should you declare your biafra republic today.
    13. The rest of Nigeria is tired of your lamentations and even want you to go and stop blaming others for your age-long misfortune. Your kinsmen botched a noble coup plan they spearheaded through nepotism and tribalism. You murdered other tribal leaders and like the proverbial dog spared yours. A senseless war you launched and you would rather praise Ojukwu that abandoned you and curse Awolowo that ensured that the carnage ended.

    What are you all still waiting for? Go NOW!!! No more excuses for you, go biafra and install Achebe as your tribal president. Tribal fools!!!

    • frank

      WELL SAID MY BROTHER, MAY YOU LIVE LONG. MAY THE GNTLE SOUL OF PAPA AWO CONTINUE TO REST IN PERFECT PEACE

    • You are blessed my brother. The Igbos should stop this lamentation and go now. The odds are in their favour right now with all the Federal positions they are occupying now. And, am sure Goodluck will not do a thing to stop them. Achebe God will judge between you and Awo.

  18. frank

    IGBOS SHOULD FACE THE REALITY AND STOP TRYING TO DIVIDE NIGERIA ONCE AGAIN, ACHEBE LOST MY RESPECT WITH HIS WORDS AGAINST PAPA AWOLOWO, WHY DID HE NOT POINT OUT THE KILLINGS OF THOSE POLITICIANS WHO DIED IN THE ARMS OF KADUNA NZOGWU AND THE LIKE OF MAJOR OKAFOR. THE REALITY REMAINS THE IGBOS SHOULD WAKE AND FACE THE REALITY THAT NIGERIA IS ONE COUNTRY ACHEBE SHOULD STOP PROMOTING TRIBALISM AND ACT LIKE THE ELDER STATES MAN THAT HE IS, IF HE COULD NOT SAY THIS 35 YEARS AGO, THEN I REGARD HIM AS A STUPID MAN FOR SAYING SUCH ABOUT AWOLOWO WHEN HE KNOWS OJUKWUS ACT WAS A SIGN OF SELFISHNESS TO SATISFY HIS OWN GREED, THE STATE OF BIAFRA WAS NOT MORE THAN A SHAM TO DECEIVE THE IGBO PEOPLE, IF HE KNEW HE HAD THE IGBO PEOPLE AT HEART, HE SHOULD VE NOT FORSAKEN THEM WHEN THEY NEEDED HIM MOST. ONE NIGERIA IS WHAT WE DESIRE AND SO SHALL IT BE. LONG LIVE PAPA AWOLOW, ZIK ETC WHO WANTED TO TAKE NIGERIA TO THE PROMISE LAND..

  19. chris

    This response is a complete trash and nothing is in there to justify Awo’s actions against the igbos during the war. Come to think about it ,is it not what we fought for that is keeping our so called country in the very sorry state that we are now. Some of these commentators and their comments are full of falacies and communication bias. As far as the igbos are concerned Ojukwu remains our Hero and an Icon.Lets continue in our ignorance.Fools.

  20. olu

    With respect to our dearest Pa Obafemi Awolowo, it is my considered opinion that we have a HOMO MORTUUS as president in Aso rock right now.

  21. COMRADE

    It is unfortunate that someone of Achebe’s pedigree could descend so low to fan the embers of sectionalism and hate. It is unAfrican to speak ill of the dead in the first place. Secondly, I have never read in the past where Achebe cast aspersion on the person of Awolowo over his role during the war. Why did he have to wait until the demise of both Awolowo and Ojukwu to publish his controversial memoirs? It is curious that his memory failed him in periscoping the activities of Igbo army officers in the mutiny of 1966 and the unilateral declaration of war by Ojukwu. HISTORY WILL VINDICATE THE JUST.

  22. obo

    Haven gone through ur comments, i have nothing to say rather than reminding the igbos here that it is the same Ofe mmanu people doing what they knows best ( running mouth like mad parrot) so better just ignore the ranting of these lazy ass holes called Yoruba people. The useless awolowo being a lazy man like his ancestors cant clinch to power by winning elections so he think dehumanizing the igbos by useless policies can get him to presidency. No wonder his brother Obasanjo cannot even trust him.

  23. Dej

    Igbos are losers…do you expect Papa Awo to support you? Are you all fools? Is He your brother? Why not name him Awochukwu Awongozi. Idiots. Bunch of criminals. Disgusting flesh eating tribe. What would you do to you enemy during war? KILL!!! That’s the word. Stop whinning. Go to school and stop robbing people of their valuables. Bastards!

  24. odukoya bola

    I wonder how we are in nigeria, who is to blame for biafra war?,who is to blame for the bloody civil war nigeria went through? Is it not ojukwu? A soldier entrusted with the guardiance of the country,the man that threw his people into agony for selfish reasons. Why did he run away after the war? Please my people,let’s move on with our lives and continue to build our nation. Any responsible soldier weigh the magnitude of a war before starting it. Long live NIGERIA!!!

  25. Soji Toki

    It has taken Pro Achebe 42 years to release this one sided story just because he wants to re write history. He has forgotten that he was talking about a Yoruba man who was a master in keeping records. Awolowo is dead but the records are alive. No wonder ” the irredeemable” Ojukwu called Awolowo ” the best President Nigeria never had”.

  26. DUNHILL

    PLEASE I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR AWOLOWO. 1. DID AWOLOWO ALSO STOP NIGERIA ARMY BUYING ARMS WITH THE MONEY IN THEN NIGERIAN CENTRAL BANK DURING THE WAR ? 2. DID AWOLOWO STOP SENDING FOOD TO NIGERIAN ARMY AND CIVILIANS DURING AND AFTER THE WAR ? 3. DID AWOLOWO GIVE HAUSAS AND HIS FELLOW YORUBAS 20 POUNDS TO START LIFE AFTER THE WAR? THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS IS NO, HE DIDN’T. SO IT IS OBVIOUS THAT AWOLOWO ACTED WITH GREAT HATRED AGAINST THE IGBOS AND HUMANITY . HISTORY WILL JUDGE AWOLOWO, EVEN IN HIS GRAVE.

  27. Isidienu

    When, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu called Chief Obafemi Awolowo “the best President Nigeria never had”, it was an irony of language…lol. Call it an insult in disguise…real men knew it…and when it was said and if both men were here right now, both men will feel the pain in it. Ojukwu said it to insult Awolowo. Its like saying “Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is too handsome; he would have won the best male model”. Of cos, OBJ would have loved to be called handsome, but will he ever be?

    I am not a biased minded Nigerian, but I can tell you that Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu tried to do for the Igbos what Chief Obafemi Awolowo cannot even dream of doing for the Yorubas… and that is try to drag them out of this country called Nigeria.

    If you are above 30years and you are reading this…you will understand better, how the name Nigeria tastes in your mouth…How does bitter leaf taste in your mouth compared to Fanta? I guess you will know the difference. No one is happy in a failed marriage…this is a failed marriage…

    If this is not a failed marriage, then why are all the children of the big shots all schooling abroad? From Ojukwu, to Awo, to Zik to OBJ grandchildren, to Bishop Oyedepo, to Iwayanwu, to many, many, many. So to you, please help me name one idiot claiming one Nigeria that all their grandchildren are not cooling off in Britain or USA? One Nigeria koh, one Nigeria nih.

    When two elephants fight, the grass tells the stories…you and I are the suffered and uprooted grasses telling these stories. All the so called “great men” died in comfort of wealth and riches meant to give you and me good roads, electricity, education, you name it. It sucks and when you join one tribe over another to castigate the living or the dead, you suck too, because you are not ready to see that the name tag Nigeria that is on you…is sucking already and like a curse on you. All those who tried to pull out of speak out; all failed or got rubbed in the mud! It’s the north man’s game!

    Why have the Northerners for more than 60years been able to play the southerners like game of chess? till this moment, the Igbos and the Yorubas die every day in the Northern like a fly on a shit…all in the name of one Nigeria…lol. You that is accusing Awolowo or Ojukwu of one thing or another, you are a game of chess in the hands of an Aboki…funny as it might sound, every Nigerian always have this notion that “an Aboki is foolish”. So for over 60years now even beyond your independence why have the Aboki played you all to the doom?

    Ask yourself this simple question: A policeman sees a cutlass in the hand of a northerner and he says; “leave am make e go…it is his tradition to carry harmful weapons”. But when the same policeman sees a southerner with same cutlass he says “arrest am, he is a criminal”. lol

    How many of our southern children have died in the North and their deaths swept under the carpet like slaves thrown to the sea from a slave ship heading to new heaven? A Nigerian Victor Moses who now plays for Chelsea had his pastor parents murdered in the North by the Muslim “ONE NIGERIA” brothers…lol. OBJ said “I deh laf”. Of cos, I deh laf over the southerners who have not seen this glaring hand writing on the wall for over 60years beyond your independence which I call “freedom of the deceived”. The piper dictates the tone, and to the Northern sounds, we all must dance UNTIL someone deems it fit to see that the Aboki is not foolish after all.

    Long live Chief Obafemi Awolowo who tried to save Nigeria. “Who gave us schools”.

    Long live Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu who tried to run from Nigeria. “who made us see we don’t belong to this amalgamation”

    Long live Achebe who is feeling the pain of being a Nigerian. “Who is opening our eyes to see that we hate each other’s progress and letting us see that there is always a Nigerian who have a desire to stop you from being free of what you don’t want even if it is the best way out for you”

    Long live you and me the uprooted grasses telling the tales of the war of the elephants. But the game of chess continues!!!

    • Nigerian4sure

      Let us make use of our brains and be less emotional. Fact is that the past and present situations of the Igbos were caused by the Igbo Leaders.
      I wish that all the apologists of Professor Achebe can mention anything first in Africa which any Igbo man or Leader did in the Eastern Region before and after the Independence of Nigeria that could compare with the achievements of Chief Obafemi Awolowo:
      .
      First, Radio Station in Africa;
      First Television Station in Africa;
      First Stadium in Africa;
      just to mention a few.
      .
      Let us stop castigating one another and appreciate good Leaders who are not self-centred, but people oriented like Obafemi Awolowo, etc.
      Let us apply our brains and be less emotional. Let my Igbo friends look inward and ask themselves:
      .
      What have our Igbo Leaders done in the Eastern Region that compares or surpasses the achievements of Chief Awolowo?
      .
      The answer to that question should give every one of us a rethink, including Prof. Chinua Achebe.
      Ambassador Ralph Uweche, who was the Special Envoy to France for the Biafran Government during the civil war and who is the leader of Ohaeneze, the leading Igbo political and socio-cultural organisation today, attested to this in his excellent book titled ‘’Reflections On The Nigerian Civil War’’. That book was factual and honest and I would urge people like Prof. Achebe to go and read it very well.

  28. Isidienu

    Man’s displeasure for change from things which they are not benefiting from will never change. and man’s displeasure for change from things they benefit from will never change…thats the way it is. things can never change for the only thing constant is change and you and I can not change it! So if you blame Awo, you are both right and wrong and if you blame Ojukwu, you are both right and wrong and if you blame Achebe, you are both right and wrong. its all about man’s displeasure!

    • Nigerian4sure

      Let Igbos now ask for independence, now that the South-south has freed herself from the clutch of the Igbos.
      This is the time for the Igbos to seek their desired CHANGE. It is their right and others right also.
      Awolowo was right when he told Ojukwu that he was not adequately prepared for the war he was about to start then. The result of the war has vindicated Chief Awolowo.
      In the Nigeria of today, we shall see who will suffer, particularly a TRIBE that has SELF-CENTERED LEADERS. This will be very interesting.
      I cannot wait. But no one should make the same mistake Ojukwu did, that is, do not start what you cannot complete.
      One thing is certain in today’s Nigeria, the Igbo Leaders cannot hold the South-south people at ransome or hold them anymore for idiots. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
      Most Igbo POLITICIANS today are in the PDP who do not want Fiscal Federation not to talk of Confederation or Tribal Independence.
      Good Luck Biafra!!!

  29. Makus

    My fellow Nigerians,
    Why are we corrupting the mind set of the youths. Why don’t we forget this discourse on Achebe’s memoir. Why one step forward, five steps backward in our quest to live as one indivisible entity. If one of your hands is soiled, don’t you need the other to help clean it up.
    My submission is this: The past is gone with history. No amount of name callings or media wars amongst the Yorubas and Ibos can bring back those that died during the war. Those that witnessed the war will not wish us another. Let us all think of how to solve the immeadiate needs of the country which are insecurity, hunger, flood, unemployment etc.

  30. Makus

    My fellow Nigerians,
    Why are we corrupting the mind set of the youths. Why don’t we forget this discourse on Achebe’s memoir. Why one step forward, five steps backward in our quest to live as one indivisible entity. If one of your hands is soiled, don’t you need the other to help clean it up.
    My submission is this: The past is gone with history. No amount of name callings or media wars amongst the Yorubas and Ibos can bring back those that died during the war. Those that witnessed the war will not wish us another. Let us all think of how to solve the immediate needs of the country which are insecurity, hunger, flood, unemployment etc.

  31. ptshow

    achebe for president. hope 2015. the most credible igbo son. but ur attack on awo will block ur chances in d west and north. if truly awo supported the north in the course of the civil war, ur chances is bcoming slimmer by the day, north, and west, most especially south that is still interested in the position.so how u wan do am now.

  32. bature

    Awolowo was an ingrate of worst order. every body know he is now in hell for all his wickedness to the igbos that release him from nigerian prison, we should have let him die in prison as charged.

  33. Tolu

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” – Martin Luther King Jnr.

  34. Amaechiede

    John Ufot, you are very stupid. As a minority you have no say in issues about NIGERIA.

    • john ufot

      Thank you O Mr Majority, I have spoken the truth based on my observation of the war. I don’t know if you were born then, the Igbos committed worse crimes against the people of the Niger Delta than the government of Nigeria committed against the biafrians. I am happy to come from a minority tribe that has helped to sustain Nigeria with our natural resources. I am glad God blessed us and in spite of our minority status as you want to see us we have produced a democratically elected president for Nigeria. Our lands are blessed and we have access to the sea, we are not landlocked like your so called majority disorganised tribe. We humbled ourselves and the rest of the country acknowledged our humility and entrusted the presidency of this great country in our hands. We build bridges to reach out to other tribes, including your frustrated Igbo tribe and I am very proud and grateful to God and to Nigerians for recognising our qualities.

  35. Wale

    What’s all these arguments about? If Achebe is blaming Pa Awo for the loss of war by Ojukwu to Nigerian State or massive loss of lives that occurred during the Civil War, has he forgotten that Pa Awo as a Yoruba man was also a Nigerian who would not allow Ojukwu and his armed forces to overrun Nigerian State of which he was a citizen? This is a simple logic, it’s not possible for citizen of any state to allow his state to be overrun by another state. Anyone that goes to war must weigh the consequence before he embarks on it, Ojukwu must have known this before he embarked on a war. Igbos are known for blaming their woes on others. Even whenever they commit any crime they are notorious with like armed robbery, kidnapping, hard drug smuggling etc, they are quick to heap blame on one thing or the other.

  36. Oladola

    Achebe said ”It is my impression that Awolowo was driven by an overriding ambition for power,”.

    Mind you, it was his impression and does not necessarily mean the truth.

  37. Nigerian4sure

    I wish that all the apologists of Professor Achebe can mention anything first in Africa which any Igbo man did in the Eastern Region before and after the Independence of Nigeria that could compare with the achievements of Chief Obafemi Awolowo:
    .
    First, Radio Station in Africa;
    First Television Station in Africa;
    First Stadium in Africa;
    First University in Nigeria;
    just to mention a few.
    .
    Let us stop castigating one another and appreciate good Leaders who are not self centered, but people oriented like Obafemi Awolowo, etc.
    Let us apply our brains and be less emotional. Let my Igbo friends look inward and ask themselves:
    .
    What have our Leaders done in the Eastern Region that surpasses the achievements of Chief Awolowo?
    .
    The answer to that question should give everyone of us a rethink, including Prof. Achebe.
    Ambassador Ralph Uweche, who was the Special Envoy to France for the Biafran Government during the civil war and who is the leader of Ohaeneze, the leading igbo political and socio-cultural organisation today, attested to this in his excellent book titled ‘’Reflections On The Nigerian Civil War’’. That book was factual and honest and I would urge people like Prof. Achebe to go and read it very well.
    .
    I do not believe that this is a matter between the Igbos and the Yorubas, except for few Igbos who have been misled by Prof. Achebe’s assumptions. Therefore, the Igbos do not need to apologize to the Yorubas, rather, it is Prof. Achebe who should apologize to the Awolowo family and the Yorubas in general for his wrong assumptions.
    Enough of hatred and jealousy.

  38. Shame on YOU

    tHE UNITED STATES OF IBO……..2015

  39. Shame on YOU

    Chinua Achebe…could you please tell us what you have done to advance Ibo cause apart from being literary giant and of what use is that to the Igbo masses, but our own Awolowo built schools and gave us EDUCATION…..which today, is our way to LIFE
    To HELL with you all.

  40. Joseph

    Hear him,
    “I wanted to be there and see things for myself, bear in mind that Gowon himself did not go there at that time, it was after the war was over that he dorn himself up in various military dresses- Air force dress, Army dress and so on, and went to the war torn areas. But I went and some people tried to frighten me out of my goal by saying that Adekunle was my enemy and he was going to see to it that I never return from the place, so I went.”
    The war ended over 42 years ago and it will not cause the Yoruba nation anything to apologise on behalf of Awolowo for his crime against the Ibos but to continually deny it and from the comments of most Yorubas on this issues shows that the nation has a long way from been one.
    Awolowo could not visit, fair enough. In Europe and America, the suffering of the Ibos was well known shown on their Tvs eryday that many of their citizens came to the aid of Ibo children by way of charity, yet Awolowo could not see such atrocities against the people he loved.
    History will judge us all but a simple applogy will go a long way in healing the pains.
    Fredrick Forsyth is not a Nigerian but he wrote about the part Awolowo played in the war.
    Most contributors were not born before or during the war but are making some negative comments here based on how they were told by their parents who has contributed in holding this country back.

  41. hammerhouseofhorror

    CHINUA ACHEBE SHOULD NOT BOTHER ME WITH HIS RHETORICS. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY OLD MEN AT QUARTER TO GO WILL START FORMENTING TROUBLE, WHAT KIND OF LEGACY DO THEY WANT TO LEAVE BEHIND?
    I AM NOT BOTHERED BECAUSE I WAS NOT PART OF NIGERIA DURING THAT TIME, I AM FORWARD LOOKING, THE PAST IS WHAT IT IS……..THE PAST, AND HISTORY………THE OLD MAN SHOULD LOOK FORWARD AND DECIDE WHAT WILL BE HIS STATE WHEN HE MEETS HIS MAKER AND POSSIBLY JOIN AWOLOWO WHERE HE IS…..MAYBE THEN BOTH CAN CONTINUE WITH THEIR JIBES.

    ABEG I DON TIRE FOR THIS KIN NONSENSE.

  42. Oga Okpia

    Prof Chinua Achebe wants his new book to sell, so that he can make millions from it, which he alone rakes into his coffers, yet, he gives nothing out of it from his far away USA residence to his very beloved poor igbo youths, widowed and poverty-stricken from the war. What a convenient way to live, throw tirades from behind the fenced-wall, from the comfort of another man’s country.

    The Nigerian civil war ended since 1967. There was also a civil war in the USA too, so it is not peculiar with Nigeria. After every war, because it is unfortunate, people move on, but some selfish people like Prof Chinua Achebe refused to move on. The US fought against Japan and Germany in the world war II, today, they are the best of allies.

    People who refuse to forgive are going to hell.

    Prof Achebe should repent, he is not happy that Prof Wole Soyinka got the Premio Nobel over him, but people who is better of the two, the one that writes with the mind of hate, and the other that writes for human knowledge.

    General Gowon was the Head of State, he is still living, so why would Prof Chinua Achebe accuse a dead man like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who is unable to answer him back of crimes as weight as genocide? Where was Prof Achebe, when Chief Awolowo was alive? Very convenient way of selling ones watery and depraved memoir from a Professor of yester years hate warmongering. In Nigeria, we are trying to build one nation, not Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, Edo

  43. Nigerian4sure

    Unfortunately, this debate has taken another dimension which may not be benefial for Nigeria or nigerians.
    We have better material on the history of Nigeria from people like Ambassador Ralp Uweche and Poet Odia Ofeimum, just to mention a few. We should all treat Prof. Achebe’s opinion and assumptions accordingly since they have nothing to do with facts, but mere assumptions.
    Let Igbos now ask for independence, now that the South-south has freed herself from the clutch of the Igbos.
    This is the time for the Igbos to seek their desired CHANGE. It is their right and others right also.
    Awolowo was right when he told Ojukwu that he was not adequately prepared for the war he was about to start then. The result of the war has vindicated Chief Awolowo.
    In the Nigeria of today, we shall see who will suffer, particularly a TRIBE that has SELF-CENTERED LEADERS. This will be very interesting.
    I cannot wait. But no one should make the same mistake Ojukwu did, that is, do not start what you cannot complete.
    One thing is certain in today’s Nigeria, the Igbo Leaders cannot hold the South-south people at ransome or hold them anymore for idiots. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
    Most Igbo POLITICIANS today are in the PDP who do not want Fiscal Federation not to talk of Confederation or Tribal Independence.
    Good Luck Biafra!!!
    GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  44. mike shorunke

    the differences on tribal lines are very clear ,where do we go from here ,my people ? you can not move foreward without a sense of history ,but you have to be very careful about the history you hear or read.Each of the people mentioned above did what they have to do at that time,so what are we doing to our situations today,thats is the real question .Every contributor on this issue ,have a case ,but there is no victor or vanquise here ,lets all find the way forward ,the past has not done well for us .

  45. Raimi Olatunbosun

    Any sane Yoruba son will not waste his time to argue with a moron tribe called IBO who can not distinguish a good leader between PA AWOLOWO who led his tribe to school & Col Ojukwu/other Igbo leaders who led their tribe to senseless war and rather than think now and strategise towards 2015, they are busy fanning the hatred songs. No wonder they will continue to be 3rd citizen in their own father land.

  46. Prince

    To those who have been saying against the Igbos their mother have not gotten married to their fathers talk of bringing down to this earth inquire from those whom you can learn something from.

  47. Olayeni Akinsulie

    For Mr. Achebe to continue to play this of game apportioning blames after all these years means he (Mr, Achebe) is unfair to himself and fellow Nigerias. If Chief Awolowo had not played the role Achebe is now blaming him for the war may still be on todate. Mr. Achebe has to think of it of how many more human lives would have been wasted in addition to those lost in the past and hardship on both sides, where ever you go in Nigeria today you find Igbo men and women going about their life without restriction which would not have been posible if otherwise.
    My conclusion is that people who fought first and second world wars are best of friends today.so if it is the wish of Mr. Achebe to revenge what he tags as victimisation of the Igbos by chief Awolowo he can start second biafran war and note that he (Achebe ) has to come to war front this time,

  48. Sam Oviawe

    My dear Nigerians, It is not surprising that most posts on this issue have followed tribal lines and have largely been unhelpful. We are not known to look deep on issues before drawing conclusions. We are also known for hero worshipping. How many of us can see that our present situation is resultant from the inability of our ‘founding fathers’ to appreciate that everything the colonialists did from the founding of Nigeria to their granting of independence were aimed at promoting only their interests and our continued subordination to and dependence on them. Some of the tools used by the colonialisats were the form of education they put us through (they concentrated on the ‘whats and hows’ but not the ‘whys’), the seed of discord sown by them into the foundation of Nigeria which makes us see any and all issues through the mirrors of ethnicity and the policies of accommodation of ‘ selected major tribes’, exclusion of a one ‘major tribe’ and containment of ‘minor tribes’, and focussing our attention on Country instead of Nation. I do not mind if Odia Ofeimun accuses me of blaming the colonialists for our woes though I have no such intention. We will not get out of the present cage unless we properly appreciate the causes of our predicament. My appeal therefore is that we must stop promoting the interest of the colonialists by showing more love to ourselves and developing national consciousness. We should be thinking of evolving new educational curricular that will focus on Nigeria and the Nigerian. We must search for a political system that will have The Nigerian as its center piece. All our policies must be directed at the well being of The Nigerian irrespective of his tribe, origin, religion or place of abode. We therefore need to define THE NIGERIAN. The good news is that Nigeria is at the edge of a massive breakthrough which will shock the world. The only obstacle is the absence of true unity. We must all work relentlessly for the unity of Nigeria. It is achievable within the next decade. God is waiting for us to move. Nigeria is not an accident.

  49. Sam Oviawe

    My dear Nigerians, It is not surprising that most posts on this issue have followed tribal lines and have largely been unhelpful. We are not known to look deep on issues before drawing conclusions. We are also known for hero worshipping. How many of us can see that our present situation is resultant from the inability of our ‘founding fathers’ to appreciate that everything the colonialists did from the founding of Nigeria to their granting of independence were aimed at promoting only their interests and our continued subordination to and dependence on them. Some of the tools used by the colonialisats were the form of education they put us through (they concentrated on the ‘whats and hows’ but not the ‘whys’), the seed of discord sown by them into the foundation of Nigeria which makes us see any and all issues through the mirrors of ethnicity and the policies of accommodation of ‘ selected major tribes’, exclusion of a one ‘major tribe’ and containment of ‘minor tribes’, and focussing our attention on Country instead of Nation. I do not mind if Odia Ofeimun accuses me of blaming the colonialists for our woes though I have no such intention. We will not get out of the present cage unless we properly appreciate the causes of our predicament. My appeal therefore is that we must stop promoting the interest of the colonialists by showing more love to ourselves and developing national consciousness. We should be thinkin g of evolving new educational curricula that will focus on Nigeria and the Nigerian. We must search for a political system that will have The Nigerian as its center piece. All our policies must be directed at the well being of The Nigerian irrespective of his tribe, origin, religion or place of abode. We therefore need to define THE NIGERIAN. The good news is that Nigeria is at the edge of a massive breakthrough which will shock the world. The only obstacle is the absence of true unity. We must all work relentlessly for the unity of Nigeria. It is achievable within the next decade. God is waiting for us to move. Nigeria is not an accident.

Comments are closed

Log in | Designed by Gabfire themes