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Being Successful, As The Major Crime Of The Igbo Man: Reason He Faces Attacks From Northern Extremists

The Oasis Reporters

May 31, 2021

Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Odumegwu Ojukwu.

By Omotayo

I don’t know why I always start my rants with “Maka Chi”, (By God!).

But, “Maka chi”, it hurts me to see northerners who pretend they don’t know that the problem of this country starts in the north.

The marginalization of the South, their indoctrinatory tendencies, their high quest for leadership positions, etc.

The only crime the Ị̀gbo man has committed is to be successful in business. Give an ị̀gbo man a paltry amount of money, and in 10 years, he would have invested the funds, and built an empire.

The northerners feel threatened by this. As I said in one of my posts, and I’m not saying this because I’ve stayed in the East almost all my life (I mean a major part of my life), but because it’s the truth.

In 2015, I was in Gombe, North East Nigeria. A woman’s shop was burnt down by a vicious and envious northern mob. A man’s paint producing factory was equally burnt down. A school was also burnt down.
All these were owned by Igbos.

The owners of the businesses did not encroach in anyway. They married their fellow Igbos and stayed clear from whatsoever would not give them profit. But you know, they were still perceived as threats. They were eliminated.

It pains me more to see that there are northerners who know this truth but will not admit it. ‘Ndi apari’ (envious people) everywhere. I don’t know why I’m writing this.

Anyone who still believes in this quick ejaculation called Nigeria should prove me wrong. Today, we have borders closed in the south but open in the north.
In the same country!

Qualified persons are not given positions because they are from the East. So incompetence reigns everywhere! You know this. We know this. Brymo in “Heya” said “everybody don forget say na our words and our actions na im dey change reality”

Again, I say, this is not 1967….. Ọ̀zọ̀emena! (May the events of 1967 never happen again!)


Omotayo is a former writer and poet at I Media. He speaks Yoruba and Igbo languages. He is currently a content developer and Public Affairs commentator.

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Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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