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Yorubas Are The Problem With Nigeria – By Lamido Sanusi

In sum, the Yoruba political leadership, as mentioned by Balarabe Musa, has shown itself over the years to be incapable of rising above narrow tribal interests and reciprocating goodwill from other sections of the country by treating other groups with respect. Practically every crisis in Nigeria since independence has its roots in this attitude.

  • The Yoruba elite and area-boy politics;
  • Igbo marginalisation and the responsible limits of retribution; and
  • The Yoruba Factor and “Area-boy” Politics.

My views on the Yoruba political leadership have been thoroughly articulated in some of my writings, prime among which was ” Afenifere: Syllabus of Errors” published by This Day (The Sunday Newspaper) on Sept 27, 1998. There was also an earlier publication in the weekly Trust entitled ” The Igbo, the Yoruba and History” (Aug. 21, 1998).

In sum, the Yoruba political leadership, as mentioned by Balarabe Musa, has shown itself over the years to be incapable of rising above narrow tribal interests and reciprocating goodwill from other sections of the country by treating other groups with respect. Practically every crisis in Nigeria since independence has its roots in this attitude.

The Yoruba elite were the first, in 1962, to attempt a violent overthrow of an elected government in this country. In 1966, it was the violence in the West which provided an avenue for the putsch of 15th January. After Chief Awolowo lost to Shagari in 1983 elections, it was the discontent and bad publicity in the South-West which led to the Buhari intervention.

When Buhari jailed UPN governors like Ige and Onabanjo, the South-Western press castigated that good government and provided the right mood for IBB to take over power. As soon as IBB cleared UPN governors of charges against them in a politically motivated retrial, he became the darling of the South-West. When IBB annulled the primaries in which Adamu Ciroma and Shehu Yar Adua emerged as presidential candidates in the NRC and SDP, he was hailed by the South-West. When the same man annulled the June 12, 1993 elections in which Abiola was the front-runner, the South-West now became defenders of democracy.

When it seemed Sani Abacha was sympathetic to Abiola, the South-West supported his take-over. He was in fact invited by a prominent NADECO member to take over in a published letter shortly before the event. Even though Abiola had won the elections in the North, the North was blamed for its annulment. When Abdulsalam Abubakar started his transition, the Yoruba political leadership through NADECO presented a memorandum on a Government of National Unity that showed complete disrespect for the intelligence and liberties of other Nigerians.

Subsequently, they formed a tribal party which failed to meet minimum requirements for registration, but was registered all the same to avoid the violence that was bound to follow non-registration, given the area-boy mentality of South-West politicians. Having rejected an Obasanjo candidacy and challenged the election as a fraud in court, we now find a leading member of the AD in the government, a daughter of an Afenifere leader as Minister of State, and Awolowo´s daughter as Ambassador, all appointed by a man who won the election through fraud.

Meanwhile, nothing has been negotiated for the children of Abiola, the focus of Yoruba political activity. In return for these favours, the AD solidly voted for Evan Enwerem as Senate President. This is a man who participated in the two-million- man March for Abacha´s self-succession. He also is reputed to have hosted a meeting of governors during IBB´s transition, demanding that June 12 elections should never be de-annulled and threatening that the East would go to war if this was done. When Ibrahim Salisu Buhari was accused of swearing to a false affidavit, the Yoruba political elite correctly took up the gauntlet for his resignation.

When an AD governor, Bola Tinubu, swears to a false affidavit that he attended an Ivy League University which he did not attend, we hear excuses.

For so many years, the Yoruba have inundated this country with stories of being marginalised and of a civil service dominated by northerners through quota system. The Federal Character Commission has recently released a report which shows that the South-West accounts for 27.8% of civil servants in the range GL08 to GL14 and a full 29.5% of GL 15 and above. One zone out of six zones controls a full 30% of the civil service leaving the other five zones to share the remaining 70%. We find the same story in the economy, in academia, in parastatals.

Yet in spite of being so dominant, the Yoruba complained and complained of marginalization. Of recent, in recognition of the trauma which hit the South-West after June 12, the rest of the country forced everyone out of the race to ensure that a South-Westerner emerged, often against the best advice of political activists.

Instead of leading a path of reconciliation and strong appreciation, the Yoruba have embarked on short-sighted triumphalism, threatening other “nationalities” that they ( who after all lost the election) will protect Obasanjo ( who was forced on them). No less a person than Bola Ige has made such utterances.

To further show that they were in charge, they led a cult into the Hausa area of Sagamu, murdered a Hausa woman and nothing happened. In the violence that followed, they killed several Hausa residents, with Yoruba leaders like Segun Osoba, reminding Nigerians of the need to respect the culture of their host communities. This would have continued were it not for the people of Kano who showed that they could also create their own Oro who would only be appeased through the shedding of innocent Yoruba blood.
I say all this, to support Balarabe Musa´s statement, that the greatest problem to nation-building in Nigeria are the Yoruba Bourgeoisie. I say this also to underscore my point that until they change this attitude, no conference can solve the problems of Nigeria. We cannot move forward if the leadership of one of the largest ethnic groups continues to operate, not like statesmen, but like common area boys.
iii.The Igbo Factor and the Reasonable Limits of Retribution.

The Igbo people of Nigeria have made a mark in the history of this nation. They led the first successful military coup which eliminated the Military and Political leaders of other regions while letting off Igbo leaders. Nwafor Orizu, then Senate President, in consultation with President Azikiwe, subverted the constitution and handed over power to Aguiyi-Ironsi. Subsequent developments, including attempts at humiliating other peoples, led to the counter-coup and later the civil war. The Igbos themselves must acknowledge that they have a large part of the blame for shattering the unity of this country.
Having said that, this nation must realise that Igbos have more than paid for their foolishness. They have been defeated in war, rendered paupers by monetary policy fiat, their properties declared abandoned and confiscated, kept out of strategic public sector appointments and deprived of public services. The rest of the country forced them to remain in Nigeria and has continued to deny them equity.
The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have conspired to keep the Igbo out of the scheme of things. In the recent transition when the Igbo solidly supported the PDP in the hope of an Ekwueme presidency, the North and South-West treated this as a Biafra agenda. Every rule set for the primaries, every gentleman´s agreement was set aside to ensure that Obasanjo, not Ekwueme emerged as the candidate. Things went as far as getting the Federal Government to hurriedly gazette a pardon. Now, with this government, the marginalistion of the Igbo is more complete than ever before. The Igbos have taken all these quietly because, they reason, they brought it upon themselves. But the nation is sitting on a time-bomb.
After the First World War, the victors treated Germany with the same contempt Nigeria is treating Igbos. Two decades later, there was a Second World War, far costlier than the first. Germany was again defeated, but this time, they won a more honourable peace. Our present political leaders have no sense of History. There is a new Igbo man, who was not born in 1966 and neither knows nor cares about Nzeogwu and Ojukwu. There are Igbo men on the street who were never Biafrans. They were born Nigerians, are Nigerians, but suffer because of actions of earlier generations. They will soon decide that it is better to fight their own war, and may be find an honourable peace, than to remain in this contemptible state in perpetuity.

The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbos. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie-Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered.

If this issue is not addressed immediately, no conference will solve Nigeria´s problems. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Being Excerpts from A Paper Presented At The “National Conference On The 1999 Constitution” Jointly Organised By The Network For Justice And The Vision Trust Foundation, At The Arewa House, Kaduna From 11th –12th September, 1999.


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  • STRANGE SUBMISSION!!!LETS BLAME OURSELVES NOT OTHERS AND DELIBERATELY SEEK CHANGE!!! SANUSI HOW CAN HAUSA/FULANI CHANGE FOR D BETA TO IMPROVE NIGERIA- NO BORN TO RULE PSYCHOPATHY. YORUBA STOP DUPLICITYAND PATHOLOGICAL SELFISHNESS/PROPAGANDA.. IGBOS D BIBLE SAYS MONEY ANSWERETH EVEYTHING DONT PURSUE THIS AT D EXPENSE OF HARMONY WITH YOUR HOST-WHY DO ODA NIGERIANS DONT CALL IBOLAND HOME PLEASE CREAT ENABLING ENVIRONMENT.

    • What I am going to tell the writer of this excerpt is that, Iboland is more home than Northern part of Nigeria where civil unrest and religious riots claim thousands of lives every year. If I may ask this writer, how many times have this religious riots taken place in Iboland? Every tribe in Nigeria is compounded in grid and avarice, particularly the North. Every thing is done in quota. You are a Nigerian working in the Northern part of the country under contract. But you are a Nigerian working in the United States of America with no contract. Nigeria has millions of years to turn around with the type of leadership there. No consequence for wrong doing and nobody is responsible for anything. On a flip side, if bring the whole Nigerians to America and send the Americans to Nigeria, in two to three years time, Nigeria will look like the present day America and the present day America will look like the present day Nigeria. The fact is that, in America, nobody is above the law or justice even the police or the President. You can tell President Obama where he went wrong without being kidnapped. But that is not the case in Nigeria.

  • Sanusi again! Sanusi will not blame his kith and kins in the north who believe it is their birthright to rule till thy kingdom come. Sanusi is far away from the truth. His is a pot and kettle situation. If Sanusi was sensible at all, he should have kept quiet instead of vomiting this trash

  • You all are been fooled to believe that Sanusi wrote this piece. Please read again and understand that it’s the handiwork of some shallow minded Igbo bigots and losers who are so jealous of Yoruba in every ways. You can try more but surely you can’t catch up with the Yorubas. The gap is so wide.

    • Wil u shut d hell up,wat on heavens is wrong wit uuuu?wat mks u tink is we igbos dt are behind dis piece? Comon respct urslf if yu v gt notn to say……..

      • why not what is the success of the igbos? that they have a region they themselves dont want to live in? educationally they are no where, politically they are not there? i terms of religious leadership they are not anywhere they only make empty noise all about the place

    • If I check well U are an illiterate or more less someone that passed through school but school didn’t pass through you. YOU must be a moron for mentioning Igbos in this . You better guide the way you speak in public forums. Fanatic….

      • ….. What then have you added to this discussion? Nothing! Just opted to defend your tribe, abi?

        Before you hurl invectives on me, kindly share your notion about this piece probably with a dash of tasteless spice and your view about the author who sliced another tribe without reckoning.

    • @mustakpa: chief, firstly I must give u the “LESSER” honor as it is due to u, I will NOT join issues with u because I am of a greater class, being the extended version of the Israelite u know very well. But I will simply go straight and tell u just as little as ur myopic brains could grapple.
      Firstly, try to remove the Igbos from Nigeria today and see if ur so called Nigeria will stand on its feet.
      If u think that the yorubas or hausas are ahead of the Igbos in anything, then u need to re-enroll back to school and possibly read the Nigeria history only.
      If u do not know, the yorubas or the hausas may be at the head of government today but the IGBOS runs things here.

      If the yorubas or the hausas where to have been in the conditions the IGBOS found themselves after the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, there could not have been any tribes in Nigeria today known as yoruba or hausa, even though the won battle was later last due to the betrayals from the same yorubas who like dogs always follow the “Running Stomach”, and I must tell u, that the said act of betrayal was only a strengthening factor for the IGBOS and if ur shallow mind and obscured thoughts will allow u to seek some wisdom from the Holy Bible, u will surely discover what happened to all “betrayals” in bible history, time may seem too long but the scriptures MUST come to fulfillment. U are simply trying to attract some cheap sympathy by defending the hausas (@ defending the very loud voice and words of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) and trying to support the yorubas (@ praising them via rhetoric of how the Igbos cannot catch up with them) (all still in the bid to corroborate all what Sanusi Lamido sanusi have been made by posterity and divine forces and tortures to voice out, which I know he did not do with his personal WILL, but the art of God). To continue to pitch the IGBOS against both the yorubas and the hausas. But u if u are NOT as blind as ur mind is, u would have seen the divine separation that is slowly taking place here, (It is, but an art of God).

      If no IGBO man is holding any vital position in Nigeria today, it will be foolhardy for u and people in the same school of thought with u (Like Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) to see it as a punishment or a “Pay Back” for the IGBO rather than see it as God’s divine arrangement and verdict, Mustakpa, before the children of Israel left Egypt, they never held any vital position in the land of Egypt, they were more of slaves and humiliated people.
      If u are good with history of past events in the country, u will remember that no one has ever romanced the yorubas successfully until “Day Break”, and it will never happens with the hausas as it has never happened before(time will prove this)

      You saw how God dealt with the conspiracy of pharaoh and the Egyptians and how they had to pay for their wickedness in the Red Sea? One day, the IGBOS against all odds, will walk through this Red Sea known as Nigeria on a plain ground and all their conspirators including u and ur groups will also pay at ur Red Sea, the same way the Egyptians did. Bear it in mind that the day that God will take this decision, the IGBOS will leave u to ur fate and then u will be alive to see what happens between the yorubas and the hausas.

      Ask ur father or mother if they know how the IGBOS survived during the conspiracy of the civil war, that will tell u that neither the yorubas and the hausas have ever come anywhere near the IGBOS in terms of whatever have u.

      Nigeria is the Egypt of the IGBOS today, we are going to the promise land from here, that is why God is restricting the IGBOS from occupying any tangible position here because HE knows we do not originally belong here, the reason is because on the day of the Lords deliverance of the IGBOS, no IGBOMAN will have any cause or reason(s) whatsoever to look back or regret any big position he had held in this Egypt.

      Mustakpaa: There is so much similarity between the housas and the yorubas and I will tell u just ONE of these striking similarities which simply says it all, for instance, ur name is Mustapha (Or Mustakpa), as I look at this name, it is very difficult for me to ascertain ur origin, u could be a yorubaman and u could as well pass for an hausaman “JUST BECAUSE OF THE NAME”

      U see why IGBOMEN are unique, very specific and spectacular, if u hear an IGBO name, u cannot misplace it for any other tribe, and that is “part” of the reasons we cannot act the chameleon, we are always on point because we cannot hide under a name to claim a thing.

      Let me tell u the ONLY problem an IGBOMAN has and the ONLY offence an IGBOMAN have committed wherever they’ve been or wherever they go, WE ARE GREAT PEOPLE, CHOSEN GENERATION, PECULIAR PEOPLE, LOVING IN NATURE, HIGHLY ACCOMMODATING (if u do not know, take a trip to IGBOLAND), LION HEARTED, OUTSPOKEN, INVENTIVE, HIGHLY ARTICULATE, WISE, RISK TAKERS, OPPORTUNITY UTILIZE-RS, INTELLIGENT, FRIENDLY, HUMILITY, SHARP, PATIENT, GODLY, TRUTHFUL, COOPERATIVE, PEACEFUL, AND ABOVE ALL HARD WORKING.

      We do not inherit from our parents, we leave inheritance for our children, we don’t go to school to graduate as illiterates or vagabonds, we do not adjudge our strength in the number of women we marry but in the number of feats and viable and visible achievements we made in ones lifetime, we are not afraid of people or make slow push in talks devoid of boldness, we have so much respect for women and give them good place to actualize destinies, we do not run after other people’s wives for any reason at all. We create wealth and recreate riches. We are good and prudent managers, we are industrious and do not entertain or encourage legalized begging in motor parks, or illicit begging on the streets, we are not betrayal or take reliance on the strength of other people, we are known for bravery and not cowardice. Mustakpa, if ur father or mother will not actually deceive u again the way they did before u wrote what u wrote above, then go back to them and ask them to be most sincere enough to tell u exactly who the IGBOS are, if they will be able to remove envy and hate, they may possibly tell u the truth which will instil the natural respect which u should have had for the IGBOS and not otherwise. We don’t do cheap labors of “KWURA KWURA”, we do not celebrate what should not be celebrated, we do not close roads to do party, we get classy halls and pay for them, we don’t manage kiosks, we buy warehouses, we don’t stay under our parent’s care and feeding fat even at the age of 18 and above, we make difference wherever we go, we can fit in into any situation and make something great out of it, we are everywhere and all over the world, that is why they will tell u that any land u go and do not find any IGBOMAN, it is much safer for u to leave such a place in so much a hurry

      If u have not read about the IGBOS before now, u may have possibly read about the ISRAELITES, just take it as same and wherever u see the IGBOS love them, respect them and call them MASTERS as that is the inevitable thing to do because hating them will do u much more harm and there is nothing u can do about it, if u hate Israelites, u die for their sakes, that is God’s verdict.

      For Shanushi Ramijo Shanushu, I leave him till when next I visit here, u must be rest assured, I will not leave him unattended to.

      Byeeeeeeeee

      • Who is the foolish? You will likewise blame USA, UK for being the World powers..but in your own subconscious mind, you know that you cheat as well. It’s a human nature but you guys like to draw arguements fro subjective perspectives rather than objectives.. See the comments of many Yorubas here as they told you that the political class caused many mistakes Nigeria is facing today..but you guys are busy blaming individual differences which is paramount in human nature. The ealier you wake up, the ealier you make it. You guys wake up. The lord says” Whoever has not commited any sin before, be the first to cast stone at her”..then what left! Let it be your judgement!

    • @ Jimi Disu: U think so? Well u have the sole rights to own ur own opinion, but ask Ur Maami who is really ur Paami and perhaps u would be made to know which people here are the best.

      Culture, they said, is a people’s way of life, examine ur culture and ways of life and then make comparisms if u can, then u will realize that decency is the best way to judge it.

    • I understand where you’re coming from Uncle Jimi but it is not helpful. I rather find your statement humorous in a good way. If it is about leaving region, why were the ‘Igbos’ not allowed to leave when they wanted to?
      Aha, I know why, The Yorubas would prefer them to leave empty handed, even again uh! [ just kidding]. The Yorubas are the best in their own right. What the people are saying is that the Yoruba leaders have made it all about the Yorubas dating from Awo himself. The world has gone past that now. History has taught man never to ever think of ourselves like that else it will never be splendid. [e.g the resolution of the UN after the 2nd world war.] I know my children will blame me if they live in a world where they are deprived love, wouldn’t yours do too?

    • I understand where you’re coming from Uncle Jimi but it is not helpful. I rather find your statement humorous in a good way. If it is about leaving region, why were the ‘Igbos’ not allowed to leave when they wanted to?
      Aha, I know why, The Yorubas would prefer them to leave empty handed, even again uh! [ just kidding]. The Yorubas are the best in their own right. What the people are saying is that the Yoruba leaders have made it all about the Yorubas dating from Awo himself. The world has gone past that now. History has taught man never to ever think of ourselves like that else it will never be splendid. [e.g the resolution of the UN after the 2nd world war.] I know my children will blame me if they live in a world where they are deprived love, wouldn’t yours do too?

  • Though most of the issues raised pointed to being seen as the truth. But as much as it is, the Yoruba have said it times without number that it either we go along with true federalism or we adopt Confederation as a more convenient form of government where each federating unit shall contribute to fund a weak center. We should stop trying to blame ourselves for the travails of the past and forge a new way forward for a new and prosperous Nigeria.

    • They always say one thing and act or execute the other, and that is they have never had it as they wanted it. The strongest man is the one who holds tight to his true ideology and beliefs

  • I doubt if he really understood history that played out? There has been that misconseption that the Jan 1966 coup was a master mind of the IBO race. This is not true. Its should be therefore noted that other tribes took part in the coup with the aim of releasing awolowo to become the prime minister after the deposing of Tarawa balewa. It was made to look like an Igbo coup b’cos majority of the coup plotters where from the igbo tribe Igbo. My grouse with the Yoruba people is their plastic and slippeey nature and its has been shown time and time again that they care only for themselves and disregard others. They say one thing but mean another.

    • That is just it, as slippery as water frog and such lifestyle have really robbed them a lot, but their problem is that they can never look back and check how much they’ve been robbed.

  • why looking the other way Mustapha? why not look at the point raised and see yourself and yoruba people from the mirror of the write up?. Igbo is not the prblem of yoruba in any way for history has never pointed to any act or action where Igbo has brought downfall of yoruba. Yorubas should check well and find where the problem between them and igbos began and and causes.For Igbos the problem is cultural as well as political. The two cultures are very different in so many respects. However i dont think bith tribes hate each other rather the politics of greed and area boy(agbero) which is caused by fear being exemplified by yoruba leaders. lets caution the political class to stop the Agbero politics and Nigeria will know peace.

    • Don’t worry bro, Mustakpa is either from Chad or Niger or better still Mali or even Syria, with their names, a lot of things can be possible

  • The truth is bitter but just like he said about the Germans …time will tell but i think its best this issue is well sorted out before people that didnt witness the war try their own capabilities

  • Truth has many angles. Though the write up
    is not scholarly some facts mustn’t be ignored. Every tribe of nigeria have contributed to the problem of nigeria in no small measure. I will agree with the writer when he says: “the nation is sitting on a time-bomb.”

    • We know, but lets judge the issues side by side, putting the positive contributions against the negatives, then tell me who has done the best and the worst, that is exactly what is being discusses here ok

  • I saw the war even i was a young the memories will never depart from my heart.I am not going to brain any ethnic group we all have conscience Israel suffered for so many years before being delivered by God same we are waiting that he will deliver us on day. Sanusi you are an Emir now you better do the right time protect my people if you can, killing them after they have developed your city will be a big mistake The clock is running fast. God said already let my people go Nigeria President Buhari do it and have peace.

    • I think the then mallam sanusi was bias in his historical write up. He forgot to mentioned that it was the killings of other tribes in his domain that speed up the civil war. Calling a whole tribes political elite area boys is the height of indiscipline and unbecoming of malam sanusi.

  • This claim is true and proper for public digest at this period of time in our struggling democracy. Enough of this Yoruba ostrich character in the political terrain of Nigeria. A stitch in time saves nine.

  • You are still tribal in your write up,by excluding the Northerner or seeing them as saint,you did that to protect all the atrocities they did to Igbos and you should apologies for referring to our leaders as been foolish because if any one is foolish ,it is you.

  • Unfortunately all these issues raised were not discussed in the national conference. Politicians focus is only how to share oil well and oil money. Whether the issues raised by Sanu Lamido is credible or not the recent trend in our politics further support and buttress Lamido’s fears. Obasanjo wanted Jonathan to act his own script and similarly Bola tinubu appointed the Chairman of APC,president, vice president and also intended to nominate speaker of the house of rep, senate president and their deputies. And we are reliably informed that he is entitled to 9 ministerial appointments. The growing influence of the South west politicians must be check or else when Nigeria fall apart south west cannot hold.

  • Just looking, the write up missed one important point. That is that the second world war was nuclear war fare, more deadly, more devastating, changed the worlds history. As for who will win God knows

  • i hope sanusi is not trying to bring issue that will generate to another tribal war to the country,we are praying for the country to settle and yet someone somewhere is trying add more fuel to the one on ground and all of you are busy supporting the write up by someone who want to create more problem to us in nigeria.lastly i believe when it happens non of his family ll be in nigeria then,ah there is GOD OOOO

  • Nonsensical analysis from a biased one sided story from an author which removed the root cause analysis but concentrated response of a side. The problem of Nigeria is not a race or region , it is greediness, primitive, selfishness, tribalism ( which this author is also part of) and lack of foresight by our forefathers. I mean all Nigerians !

  • Sanusi could not have written this. He is an islamic scholar. Not that the English is spectacular but it is too good to be Sanusi’s. Sanusi is one of the only two people in Nigeria (just Odili and himself) who got court injucntion not to be probed. His hands are dirty even if he persecuted bank MDs for corruption.

    I cant honour him with a critique of his article. He is a BOko Haram guy.

  • Say what u will guyz but the issues are the issues and they will not abate if we ignore them. he’s right though in that most of the igbos around now are new generation igbos suffering for the doings and misdoings of their political ancestors but not to sound tribal; malam, i have had this kind of conversation with the chief imam of my school in enugu and we realized that the first coup was done by southerners and northerners [southerners majorly] though it was the mastermind of Nzeogwu and Osadebe; and secondly, we got to understand that it was not an ethnic coup as ‘Odii’ pointed out even though it was the work of an igbo officer [ Major Nzeogwu] because they felt Nigeria had begun to progress in error because of the kind of corruption that was and that a drastic change was what Nigeria needed to drift back into the right path, just as we clamored for change in the previous election, only we used the ballot box and not guns or coups, a sentiment shared by people of the time. Thirdly, the north felt it was an ethnic coup because they suffered the most or had the most impact because it was more of their officers and leaders in positions that were eliminated. The coup was successful in other parts but lagos. you did not point out that Gen. Agui Ironsi was the one who foiled the attempt in lagos and sent word to the other parts that such a thing was happening. that was what made people like Azikiwe to escape elimination. after he had foiled the coup and arrested the masterminds, what angered the Northerners was that they were never executed as everyone thought they would be. anyway, they died subsequently in the biafran war ( or the civil war). I feel the coup was ill-matured or should not have been for such a change like that; I mean, our democracy then was just 5 years old. a child of five should not be canned hard like one would cane a 12 year old. Be that as it may, the same issues that brought about the coup and subsequently the war that were never solved are still the very same issues that plague us now in this our Naija of today and guess what, they have culminated and are now plaguing us on a digital scale, for more enormous.

  • Say what u will guyz but the issues are the issues and they will not abate if we ignore them. he’s right though in that most of the igbos around now are new generation igbos suffering for the doings and misdoings of their political ancestors but not to sound tribal; malam, i have had this kind of conversation with the chief imam of my school in enugu and we realized that the first coup was done by southerners and northerners [southerners majorly] though it was the mastermind of Nzeogwu and Osadebe; and secondly, we got to understand that it was not an ethnic coup as ‘Odii’ pointed out even though it was the work of an igbo officer [ Major Nzeogwu] because they felt Nigeria had begun to progress in error because of the kind of corruption that was and that a drastic change was what Nigeria needed to drift back into the right path, just as we clamored for change in the previous election, only we used the ballot box and not guns or coups, a sentiment shared by people of the time. Thirdly, the north felt it was an ethnic coup because they suffered the most or had the most impact because it was more of their officers and leaders in positions that were eliminated. The coup was successful in other parts but lagos. you did not point out that Gen. Agui Ironsi was the one who foiled the attempt in lagos and sent word to the other parts that such a thing was happening. that was what made people like Azikiwe to escape elimination. after he had foiled the coup and arrested the masterminds, what angered the Northerners was that they were never executed as everyone thought they would be. anyway, they died subsequently in the biafran war ( or the civil war). I feel the coup was ill-matured or should not have been for such a change like that; I mean, our democracy then was just 5 years old. a child of five should not be canned hard like one would cane a 12 year old. Be that as it may, the same issues that brought about the coup and subsequently the war that were never solved are still the very same issues that plague us now in this our Naija of today and guess what, they have culminated and are now plaguing us on a digital scale, for more enormous.

  • Say what u will guyz but the issues are the issues and they will not abate if we ignore them. he’s right though in that most of the igbos around now are new generation igbos suffering for the doings and misdoings of their political ancestors but not to sound tribal; malam, i have had this kind of conversation with the chief imam of my school in enugu and we realized that the first coup was done by southerners and northerners [southerners majorly] though it was the mastermind of Nzeogwu and Osadebe; and secondly, we got to understand that it was not an ethnic coup as ‘Odii’ pointed out even though it was the work of an igbo officer [ Major Nzeogwu] because they felt Nigeria had begun to progress in error because of the kind of corruption that was and that a drastic change was what Nigeria needed to drift back into the right path, just as we clamored for change in the previous election, only we used the ballot box and not guns or coups, a sentiment shared by people of the time. Thirdly, the north felt it was an ethnic coup because they suffered the most or had the most impact because it was more of their officers and leaders in positions that were eliminated. The coup was successful in other parts but lagos. you did not point out that Gen. Agui Ironsi was the one who foiled the attempt in lagos and sent word to the other parts that such a thing was happening. that was what made people like Azikiwe to escape elimination. after he had foiled the coup and arrested the masterminds, what angered the Northerners was that they were never executed as everyone thought they would be. anyway, they died subsequently in the biafran war ( or the civil war). I feel the coup was ill-matured or should not have been for such a change like that; I mean, our democracy then was just 5 years old. a child of five should not be canned hard like one would cane a 12 year old. Be that as it may, the same issues that brought about the coup and subsequently the war that were never solved are still the very same issues that plague us now in this our Naija of today and guess what, they have culminated and are now plaguing us on a digital scale, for more enormous.

  • What his highness emir of Kano Alhaji sanusi lamido said was 100%correct I agreed with him
    Yaroba people should accept it and chance their way of living
    Because the are hypocrites.
    But now I hope the will repent and mend their ways.

  • Does this article on deal with the Yorubas and Igbos… where is the Hausas in it… conservative… Oh written by an Hausa man, So yourba and Igbos could be at loggerheads lol… so funny. Dr Sanusi we’ve heard you… I think its high time you stop writing such piece as this and focus on national unity… we the younger generation do not need this stories in our head its called gabbage… preach on how we can be one.. and not giving us sense of division.

  • YORUBAS ARE VERY TRIBAL PEOPLE FOR REAL THEY ARE THE PROBLEM OF THIS COUNTRY THEY WANT EVERYTHING FOR THEMSELVES THINKING THAT OTHERS ARE FOOLS, THAT MENTALITY OF IT MUST BE A YORUBA MAN, A CHANGE WILL SOON COME IF SOME ISSUES ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED

  • THE ONLY PROBLEM NIGERIANS HAS TO ERASE BEFORE MOVING FORWARD IS THE ISSUE OF TRIBALISM UNTIL WE LIVE AS A COPERATE ENTITY NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OUT OF NIGERIA WITHOUT A UNIFYING STRUCTURE WE STILL SEE OUR SELVES AS PEOPLE FORCED TO LIVE TOGETHER AM FROM YORUBA AM IGBO AM HAUSA THEN BEING A NIGERIAN MAKE NO SENSE

  • I think naija on point has an agenda that is far from honourable. This is a piece Sanusi Lamido wrote about16 years ago, why do you choose to bring this up now? Whatever is in your mind for doing this I know is not in the interest of the generality of Nigerian. In case you are still morning the lost of patronage some people had under Jonathan, you have to wake up to the reality that a new sheriff is in town now, and is supported by a Yoruba man. If you have problem with that, no apology. If you play your card well in future, we will support you to achieve your aspirations. But, Yoruba people will never compromise Nigeria’s unity for anything.

  • Yorobas are so tribalistic. Check all the churches opened by Yorobas— The good the bad and the ugly. They’re found in the remotest parts of Igboland and patronised heavily by Igbos. But see the churches established by Igbos; Yorobas hardly identify with them, how much more seeing them in any of their villages. Yorobas are resentful and unaccommodating.

    • Who is the foolish? You will likewise blame USA, UK for being the World powers..but in your own subconscious mind, you know that you cheat as well. It’s a human nature but you guys like to draw arguements fro subjective perspectives rather than objectives.. See the comments of many Yorubas here as they told you that the political class caused many mistakes Nigeria is facing today..but you guys are busy blaming individual differences which is paramount in human nature. The ealier you wake up, the ealier you make it. You guys wake up. The lord says” Whoever has not commited any sin before, be the first to cast stone at her”..then what left! Let it be your judgement!

    • you are not seriuos. of the igbo preachers in this country how many of them are educated? to lead a group of people you need education. tell your igbo brothers to be sure they are called of God and let them get some education!

  • Yorobas are so tribalistic. Check all the churches opened by Yorobas— The good the bad and the ugly. They’re found in the remotest parts of Igboland and patronised heavily by Igbos. But see the churches established by Igbos; Yorobas hardly identify with them, how much more seeing them in any of their villages. Yorobas are resentful and unaccommodating.

  • To me this piece has promoted the Yorubas more than castigating them.Anyone reading this piece and does not agree should please kindly read it all over again.