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RE: IGBO POLITICS AND HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
Where were you when the entire
Igbo rejected the so-called election that produced the very same outcome you are now whingeing about? In which part of the
God foresaken state were you hiding when the farcial charade was enacted in April? Short of running about and killing pregnant
women in sabon gari or behading a man in police custody and parading his head on a spike around Kano, what are Hausa people
doing to challenge the illegitimate regime that has been imposed on Nigeria?
1. Igbo people are not Hausa or Yoruba people just like Italians are not
French and Germans are not Rusians. Your commentary arises largely from a gross misreading of the Igbo political culture.
The moment you understand that key point, the better for you and your ilk. The French, Italians and Japanese change their
goverments every fotnight, yet they control some of the largest economies in the world.
2. Not long ago, Nigerians without any evidence gloated about educational
collapse in Igboland da da da da da da. That continued until JAMB showed that
Anambra state alone had more university candidates than the entire nothern Nigeria,
and more candidates than three Yoruba states combined! And yet Anambra was the state where Igbo had allegedly abandoned education
3. The decay if any in Igbo politics is caused and maintained by state failure
in Nigeria. An independent Igbo state
free from the constrictures imposed by your ilk would evolve at its own pace, it may change regimes daily or weekly and still
be able to develop and guide its own rocket systems just like was done in Biafra, so shut up and don't talk to us about genocide
in Sierra Leone. What about the massacre of Igbo people in Hausaland that led to war? What about the massacre of all male
Igbo by your hero Mr Murtala Mohammed at Asaba in 1967? What about the Hausa-led starvation to death of 2 million Igbo women
and children between 1967 and 1970? Obviously, those do not qualify as genocide in your warped logic.
4. And when you speak of "credible candidate for the presidency", we say
yeah right! Just as credible as Obasanjo, a semi-literate thug and buffoon who is running the hopeless negro state down on
a daily basis. Now that the Igbo did not produce your credible candidate, let those of you who can produce them continue to
run Nigeria, Obasanjo style and lets see
who gets hurt first.
5. My friend, if I were you, I would keep my nose out of Igbo affairs
and concentrate on issues affecting the Hausa nation - desertification, mass illiteracy,
Islamic fundamentalism, delinkage from global culture etc.
I look left, right and centre
and I fail to see any gains your nation has made out of its political wisdom that qualify you to prescribe political behaviour
6. So just look after yourself mate and leave the Igbo alone. Nigeia is
not going anywhere but downhill without the full and robust participation of Igbo people, the single largest nation in that
state. Anti-Igbo policies and commentary will only lead to further collapse of Igbo support for the Nigerian state and its
inevitable collapse. All such ideas will ultimately fail while the Igbo will
survive, always. For example, in the 1970s, you lot started messing about with the Nigerian educational system to punish the
Igbo - quota system, federal character, educationally disadvataged areas etc. As a result, many Igbo were forced out to the USA.
Today we have a solid Igbo diaspora - educated, mobile, skilled, affluent and conscious. Meanwhile the Hausa are still stuck
in Nigeria with their degenerative quota
system. In the same way, the principle of rotational presidency was squelched when it was the Igbo turn. Now look at what
obasanjo is doing with the unfortunate black state.
state is run as a punitive enterprise against Igbo people. But every anti-Igbo policy will drive that state down the tube
while the Igbo targets will survive and prosper. The emergence of the Igbo diaspora as a direct consequence of the degenerative
quota system is a lesson for you and your ilk.
for youself and your Nigeria, weep not
Mz Kevin Ani
CIVIL RIGHTS LEAGUE-NG <firstname.lastname@example.org>
How are you? I want to congratulate
you for the piece on 'Ibo people' which I read in the
internet. I am Ibo myself
but it pains me that Nigeria's leaders
have not been able to harness the potentials of Ibos while discouraging the wrongful diversion of these potentials in perpetuating
negative vices of all sorts exhibited by many of my kinsmen.
I am of the Ibo descent living
in the United States.I am writing to commend you on the most brilliant and effuusive article I have read in a long time. I
agree into-to with every assertion as you have enumerated in you piece.My promise to you is that I do intend to e-mail this
particular piece to all my friends and sundry.
25 july 2003
After reading your piece on the above subject I concluded that
you seem not to know what is going on even when it is clear on the ground. can't you understand that Obasanjo is reponsible for what happened in Anambra state, just to embarass Ekwueme and Ojukwu ? why has
Obasanjo not charged those guys with treason as he will do to others else
as if Ibos are naturally stupid
people who preper Illiterates to govern
them. Remember it was Emeka Offor who was used by OBJ during the tenure of the previous governor. Now it
is Chris Uba . You are an intelligent person who should ask himself some
these two troublesome fellows be Illiterate
contractors based in Abuja? It has nothing to do with ethnic group or tribe. Were northerners
in OBJ's campaign not insulting Gen
happened before? Will that be enough
reason to say the northerners are stupid?
We all know what OBJ is doing, but I am happy that he only has a couple of
years left. Why must
it always be Anambra State?
Why not Imo, Abia Ebonyi or Enugu?
24 july 2003
Thanks Mr. for your good
insult, Mr.Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib. Why should you deliberately decide to be ignorant? You can blame Igbos for everything
including the Kaduna Sharia riot, but you should have been frank to admit that Obasanjo (Nigeria state as whole) is still waging the Biafran war against the Igbos. Igboland
is the only section of the country where the federal Police force engages in all arts of crime and lawlessness with the active
support and encouragement from the Obsanjo's federal governemet. It is
deliberately done in order
to instigate riot in Igbo land, so that Obasanjo will see reason to "take off more Igbo heads" if i may borrow that phrase
from Reuben Abati. If not why has Obasanjo not made a comment on the Anambra crisis? Where is the outrage from the Nigerian
Press and the so-called civil right activists? Blame Igbo for everything including
the the fuel riot, if Igbos wheren't into fuel business, petrol would have 50K per liter.
23 july 2003
Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib-
I'm Igbo and under normal
circumstances i would rip apart your article. The truth can not be ignored and your write up is true. You hit the nail on
the head. Any national aspirations for Aso rock should come after we clean up our house. For all our achievements a handful
of hooligans make the entire tribe to seem decadent.
Your write-up was very insightful.
-- "1b_bad " <email@example.com>
24 july 2003
a student at the Catholic University Leuven Belgium.
I am a full blooded Igbo Man who not only love my race and tribe but firmly wishes
to have a separate Igbo nation from the deceit called Nigeria.
I would not fail to give you a standing ovation for your well tailored and objective observation. I refuse to see your views
as criticism whether objective or subjective but as a candid love to my dear race and beloved people. For I saw your views
as a great honour and respect to the tribe I came from and not to make mockery of it, as I do observe in some other authors.
read a lot of works from other biased people ,but I was most impressed by your work that I had to take off time of my studies
to write you a commendation mail.
Once more, I say thanks,
can, please be sending me your articles I would be glad to have them.
Keep fine and may God bless
Uche ( Schooling in Belgium)
"EVANS UCHE OBIKWELU"
23 july 2004
RE: BETWEEN FOREIGN AND NIGERIAN LEGISLATORS
Hi, My Dear Shuaib,
Thank you for your piece
in the Punch edition on Tuesday, May, 18, 2004. Actually, what is happening amongst
our so-called State or Federal Legislators is alarming in our society today. As
you have rightly asked "how many legislators from other West African countries travel abroad frequently for medical check-ups
as their counterparts do in Nigeria when we have better medical facilities in our country".
They, the legislators are telling our medical personnels that they are not different from 'bunch of mediocres' who
do not know anything at all.
praying every Nigerian to see our legislators whether in the state or federal level as 'blood suckers' and we should all fight
to see that these blood sucking people are pulled down one by one. When I read
in one of the national dailies, that Ekiti State Government sent legislators to Oyinbo land to teach them how to legislate,
I cried for the poor in Ekiti State who I know very well cannot afford one or two square meal in a day. I used to asked myself, do these legislators have blood running in their veins? and if any their blood
must have been contaminated with self-interest syndrome. What I also expect the
poor to be telling the legislators to always pointedly telling them "God dey O". By saying so, God Almighty is taking record
of all these on behalf of the poor masses. One of the members of federal House
of Representatives came to my office one day with his official jeep. When he
alighted from the vehicle, I looked at him for almost 30 minutes and I was carried away with the quality of outfit (black
suit) this man worn. Since that day, I now believe that our so-called legislators
are legislating for themselves and their immediate family. One question I am
asking now is when will these legislators's personal pocket get full for money before they will face those who voted them
in office? His movement that day was like that of an elephant by walking slowly
as if he is on top of Nigeria.
digress a little, about two or three weeks ago, the Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Nenadi Usman accused some state governors
of reckless spending of taxpayers money. Some of them felt insulted because they
are above the law or they are too much to be questioned in Nigeria
for looting public fund as far as they are in control of their respective states. When
I saw Governors James Ibori of Delta State,
Lucky Igbinedion Edo
State and Sam Egwu of Ebonyi
State in the newspapers asking the Minister of State for Finance to tender
appology letter to them, my heart bleed. These men have sold shame in the market
that is why they could not keep quite when they had the Minister telling the truth. O, do they want the Minister to thank
them for spending public fund recklessly? If Mrs Nenadi cannot do so, I therefore
come forward to thank all the governors concern Thank You For Spending Public Fund anyhow and may God continue to bless them
Shuaib, do you think that our legislators at the state and federal levels reads newspapers at all? If they don't have shame,
the poor people of Nigeria have shame that is why they are crying for good
governance in Nigeria today.
Once again, thank you brother
Shuaib and I looked forward to such piece probably soonest, please.
RE: PR ANALYSIS OF FANIKAYODE’S REJOINDER
"It is unfair and unjust
to join a person and group in official rebuttal when they are not involved in the petition. " From the above statement, both
Fani-Kayode and Umar are unjust to join "a person or group in ......petition." Hear Umar:"Were it not for public pressure,
Iyiola Omisore would be sitting at the Senate if not in your cabinet. While some of us will certainly end up in jail between
now and 2007, the Bode Georges who have learnt well how to massage your ego will collect more national honours, the Nigerian
Ports Authority probe notwithstanding."
"If we accept in our political
philosophy the view of Mr. Fasheun, one of your most prominent apologists..."
was a guy I used to hold in high esteem so much but the above statement could set people of one ethnic group against the other.
He wrote the above statement to display his ethinic irredentism just as Femi Fani-Kayode said in 2001 before he got his appointment
that: "Goodbye Nigeria: Hello Oduduwa And lest they forget let our 'AREWA' brothers be reminded of the incontrovertible fact:
the only reason that the Yoruba nation is not on the march today is simply because a fellow Yoruba man, as misinformed and
misguided as he is, is sitting on the throne. Yet the truth is that, Obasanjo or no Obasanjo, when the time is right, the
militant march of the Yoruba nationalists will rent the air and shake the very foundations of this country."
(Umar and Fani-Kayode both
have ethnic irredentism running in their blood)
RE: HAMMAN TUKUR AND NATIONAL HONOURS
This last one was a masterpiece.
I can not say enough about you this guy. You are just too much and you belong to the thinkers and elite group of that country.
The sky is even too close for your limit and I wish you all the best.
is in this though for you? You deserve to be rewarded eventually even though you are doing this not for any profit or gain!!
I think and I agree with you that, that guy deserves a national honors Award and he will surely get one this year. You need
to publish this in all national dailies and in strategic locations and pages to gain the widest public consumption. I wish
you the best.
you to modify this peice and publish it as a summary of the activities of RMAFC during this democratic dispensation in Newspapers
and websites pls. I can hardly believe you have done so much in these past years and they are commendable to say the least.
Take care my Man and be YOU.
December 8, 2003
RE: MEMO TO ARMED ROBBER
I read your article in Gamji.com
titled Memo to Armed robbers
it was very well laid kudos!
I only wish they read these write ups
honestly write up like this
can help change a bad mind, you never know
Keep up the good work
"Andy Esun [ MTN - UBA ]"
RE: NZERIBE FOR SENATE PRESIDENT
Nzeribe may be an Igbo, but
not all Igbo have a say in the election of the Senate President and not all Igbo are in PDP. SO DO NOT GENERALIZE YOUR ADVICE
FOR THE IGBO TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT SELECTING THE SENATE PRESIDENT. Rather, advise other senators from other zones not to accept
Nzeribe if he is so elected.
"Dimkpa, Christian (IITA)"
16 may 2003