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The Igbo Introduced Tribalism to Nigerian Politics” – Femi Fani Kayode

  • Posted On: 28th October 2012
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Back to Achebe’s memoir “There was a country” as conflicting reflections keep springing up”It Was The Igbo That Introduced Tribalism to Nigerian Politics” -Former Minister Chief Femi Fani Kayode Not Ready To Bury The Hatchet!

”Igbo domination of Nigeria is only a matter of time”- Charles Onyeama, a prominent igbo lawyer and member of the Central Legislative Council, 1945. (Pg. 204 ”Ethnic Politics In Kenya and Nigeria” by Godfrey Mwakikagile).
”It would appear that the God of Africa has created the Igbo nation to lead the children of Africa from the bondage of ages ….” – Dr Azikiwe, President of the Pan-Igbo Federal Union. (The West African Pilot of July 8, 1949).The first statement from Charles Onyeama, which was made in 1945, was the first overtly tribal and divisive comment that was made and recorded in the politics of southern Nigeria in our history. That is where and when tribalism in the south actually started. After that comment and as a direct reaction to it, the yoruba established the ”Egbe Omo Oduduwa” to further and protect yoruba interests and after that came the formation of the Action Group in 1948.

The second statement from Zik, which was made in 1949 (and which clearly shows that the great Zik of Africa had forgotten that the NCNC was not an igbo party at the beginning and that it had in fact been established by an upper class and very well educated yoruba man by the name of Sir Herbert Macauly, one of the famous ”Black Victorians” from the Lagos Colony, and who, at his death bed, was gracious enough to hand over the leadership of the party to him even though he was igbo) confirmed that tribalism was here to stay in the south and that ever since that time the igbo had an agenda to dominate others. This sentiment and this unfortunate igbocentric attitude is what cost Zik the Premiership of the Western Region in 1953 when the NCNC narrowly lost to the Action Group.

It is clear from this that if you want to know who started tribalism in southern politics and the politics of the southern protectorate of Nigeria it was not the yoruba or the southern minorities but the igbo. The excesses of the Igbo State Union and their treatment of the southern minorities and the yoruba from 1943 till 1967 was completely unacceptable. The rest of the south were prepared to accept the igbo as equals with open arms but they were not prepared to be politically dominated or conquered by them.

Worst still the first coup in the history of Nigeria, which was the Jan 15th 1966 coup d’etat led by Major Ifejuana and Major Kaduna Nzeogwu, was essentially an igbo coup and an igbo grab for power. I say this because 95 per cent of those that took part in it were igbo and 99 per cent of the political and military leaders that were brutally murdered during it’s execution were non-igbo. It was this coup and it’s sheer brutality that led to the even more brutal northern officers counter-coup of July 1966 (in which 300 igbo officers were killed in one night including the igbo Head of State, Gen. Aguiyi-Ironsi, and his yoruba host, the Military Governor of the Western Region, Gen. Adekunle Fajuyi who sought to protect him), the pogrom of igbos in the north (in which over 100,000 igbo civilians were killed in a few weeks) and the Nigerian civil war (in which 2 million Nigerians and Biafrans died).

These are the facts of our history. Live and learn. If you want to know who introduced tribalism into southern politics, it was the igbo. If you want to know who carried out the first coup in our country it was the igbo. Having done the painstaking research over a numberof years these are my findings and this is my conclusion.

I will open my wall for a robust discussion and debate on this issue and I will accomodate contributions from even those that are not my fb friends just for this debate. I will accomodate all shades of opinion and contributions from anyone that cares to join in the fray and I want to encourage those that disagree with my findings to state their case. We are all still learning but please take not that any rude or insulting comments will be deleted. This is a historical debate and I would encourage all those that seek to qoute anyone or make any assertions to mention their sources so that we can cross check the facts. Thanks.-NaijaPundit

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7 Comments

  1. Yenyo Iromini Jr. · October 28, 2012

    seen some articles by Achebe saying that this Country cannot move forward if Igbo doesn't become a president, I will appreciate if you can write another article to counter that point please…please please… I know he is very wrong but I'm not very good writer, even my igbo friends will never vote an igbo president, anytime I ask them why, they say, if an igbo man becomes a president, that is the end of Nigeria..waiting for your response please…thanks.

  2. Yenyo Iromini Jr. · October 28, 2012

    seen some articles by Achebe saying that this Country cannot move forward if Igbo doesn't become a president, I will appreciate if you can write another article to counter that point please…please please… I know he is very wrong but I'm not very good writer, even my igbo friends will never vote an igbo president, anytime I ask them why, they say, if an igbo man becomes a president, that is the end of Nigeria..waiting for your response please…thanks.

  3. Hawtsauce Pelumi Nwaeze · October 28, 2012

    all I have to say is, this is really uncalled for cause its just the genesis of the division of Nigeria, and you are just making it clear to Nigerians as a whole to expect a division. I see no need for this research..we must remain as one and talk positive about each other, we have so many problem facing Nigeria at the moment, we shouldn't be talking about this.there was a bomb blast in kaduna this morning you haven't said anything about that, what you want Nigerians to discuss about is about division. we don't need this right now.you can be the man for the change not the man that will bring the past to hunt the present.we are tired of listening to negative attributes, LETS TRY AND BE POSITIVE EVERY NIGERIA HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO CHANGE NIGERIA. LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST.

  4. Hawtsauce Pelumi Nwaeze · October 28, 2012

    all I have to say is, this is really uncalled for cause its just the genesis of the division of Nigeria, and you are just making it clear to Nigerians as a whole to expect a division. I see no need for this research..we must remain as one and talk positive about each other, we have so many problem facing Nigeria at the moment, we shouldn't be talking about this.there was a bomb blast in kaduna this morning you haven't said anything about that, what you want Nigerians to discuss about is about division. we don't need this right now.you can be the man for the change not the man that will bring the past to hunt the present.we are tired of listening to negative attributes, LETS TRY AND BE POSITIVE EVERY NIGERIA HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO CHANGE NIGERIA. LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST.

  5. Buife Iyke · October 29, 2012

    kayode I hold u at high esteem before, but my respect for you now have deminished. pls sir I want you to do something that will help the youths and not to divide them.

  6. Buife Iyke · October 29, 2012

    kayode I hold u at high esteem before, but my respect for you now have deminished. pls sir I want you to do something that will help the youths and not to divide them.

  7. Anyi Ezengwa · April 2, 2013

    You better do a research on why political criminals are not punished in Nigeria. Bringing up this issue of tribalism in Politics is nonsensical at this stage of Nigeria's history. We have more important issues to talk about.

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