The Igbos And The Yoruba ‘Cold War’; A Case For Southern Unity

The Igbos And The Yoruba ‘Cold War’; A Case For Southern Unity

Monday, August 14, 2017 8:46 am

Zik, Bello and Awolowo

By By Charles Ogbu

“Power is like a shadow. It resides exactly where men who are under its control think it resides”

The above is true with regards to the situation of Southerners in the Nigerian experiment.
We think the Fulanis are the ones that have been holding power and because we think and believe so, it actually looks so. Because of this assumed knowledge, we hand over our destinies, our future and those of our children to a people who are not above 11 million, have little or no education and contribute little or nothing to the national pulse.

What if I told you that the real power rests in the South and with southerners but that the mutual distrust and foolish superiority contest between Igbos and Yorubas is the biggest obstacle to wielding this power? This senseless feud between these two Southern giants is also the biggest enabler and promoter of the
Fulani oligarchy.

The southern part of Nigeria owns the oil which feeds the entire country. Without the oil today, there is no economy and there is no Nigeria. The same south controls the commercial sector of the economy. The media is still owned and controlled by the South.

When a people owns the only thing that is feeding a whole country and still control commerce plus the media through which people’s thoughts and opinions about anything can be shaped and can equally boast of the best human resources, what else does it take for such a people to wield power in such a country?


The few Fulanis who have been running this country directly and indirectly since independence, what do they have? Unity!

When the Fulani Oligarchs want to achieve an aim, they effortlessly find a way to get every northern minorities such as Christians and Middle Belts on their side even when they almost always end up discarding these same minorities and even killing them once the aim is achieved.

Now, ask yourself: how have the Fulani Oligarchs managed to turn the entire Nigeria into an ‘Animal Farm’ with them as the only “Napoleon’ despite their low education and the fact that all the prerequisites/bargaining chips for acquiring and wielding power are domiciled in the South?

Igbo-Yoruba ‘cold war’! This, right here, is the answer.

The day the two biggest southern ethnic groups –The Igbos and The Yorubas –decide to put a stop to their needless bickering and channel all their energy towards confronting their common enemy –the children of Danfodio–, that is the day the Fulani Oligarchs will understand that even though the king is the one with the crown, he is nothing without the kingmakers and the people.

The Fulanis are not runing Nigeria because they are smarter than others. Far from it. They are messing with the destinies of over 180million people because the two Southern big brothers with the wherewithal to end their murderous reign of impunity are busy chasing rats while their house is on fire.

I am no historian neither do I pride myself as a man of letters but I know for a fact that the biggest weapon of the Fulanis is neither guns nor bombs. Their biggest weapon is their ability to identify their opponents’ weak points or even create one where none exists, magnify it and use same to create division amongst them just so they would effortlessly implement their Divide And Rule tactics.

Sadly, they have succeded in using this weapon against Southern Nigeria’s two biggest ethnic groups.

Throughout history, all the wars and woes visited on both the Igbos and the Yorubas all came from the Fulanis. There is no record of ethnic clash between these two humane southern Nations. No time has these two people ever disagreed violently.

Strangely, the mutual suspicion that exist between these two great peoples seem far greater than the one they harbour against their common oppressor, the Scions of Dan Fodio.

It was not the Igbos who imprisoned Awolowo and killed thousands of Yoruba youths who protested the unjust imprisonment for days in different Yoruba cities in 1963. It was the Fulanis and the killing was done by another Fulani man, Muhammadu Buhari, who was the then platoon commander, 2nd infantry brigade, Abeokuta. That same year, Buhari was gifted with double promotion on the same day by the govt of Tafawa Balewa.

It was not the Igbos who imprisoned many Yoruba leaders, forced others into exile and killed others like Abiola after annuling his presidential victory.

It was not the Igbos who attacked Yoruba citizens in Lagos neither was it the Igbos who desecrated Yoruba cradle of civilisation, Ile-Ife by cutting off the head of a Yoruba citizen and parading it along the street, thereby sparking off a bloody ethnic clash that ended in the arrest of only the Yorubas including an Oba by the Fulani president and his Fulani security agents.

It is not Igbo herdsmen that kidnapped a Yoruba son, Chief Olu Falae and have been going about terrorizing and killing Yorubas in Osun, Ogun, Kwara etc with govt-sponsored impunity.

On the other hand, it wasn’t the Yorubas that killed thousands of Igbos in the 1945 Jos pogrom and 1953 kano pogrom. It was not the Yorubas who slaughtered millions of Igbos in the North after the first 1966 coup.

It was not the Yorubas who jailed an Igbo son, Alex Ekwueme who was only the vice president while the president, Shehu Shagari, a Fulani, was left in a cosy apartment in the govt house. It was a Fulani man, Muhammadu Buhari who did this in 1984 after overthrowing the then govt in a coup.

Was it the Yorubas that is holding Nnamdi Kanu? Or was it the Yorubas who rained bullets and acid on hundreds of Igbo sons and daughters praying inside a school field in Abia state on Feb.9th, 2016 and those remembering their Biafran heros inside a church in Onitsha on May 29-30, that same year? Is it Yoruba herdsmen that have been killing, maiming and raping villagers in Nimbo, Nsukka, Awgu Bende Council etc, all in Igbo land?

Today, even Jack, my two day old puppy knows that Nigeria CANNOT work as presently constituted. It was the rejection of the Aburi Accord by the Fulani Oligarchs which would have restructured Nigeria as a Confederation that led to the Biafran war. Today, the Yorubas want a restructured country. The Niger Delta want the same thing. The Igbos want Biafra BECAUSE Nigeria has refused to restructure.

Who are the only people resisting the call for restructuring, thereby holding everyone to ransom? Your guess is as good as mine.

Dear Yorubas and Igbos, what exactly are you dragging? Why have you refused to realise that you have a common enemy, a very ruthless common enemy who have kept you busy fighting among yourselves while he’s busy ruining your future and that of your unborn generation? Can you not see that your siblings; Ijaws, Urhobo, Edo, etc are all looking up to you for that ‘big brother’ leadership and direction?

Can’t you see that the Fulanis are not really the problem? You are! Your disunity is! You have no reason to be fighting.

Was it not a Yoruba man, Lt. Col Fajuyi, who chose to die with his visitor and commander-in-Chief, Thomas Umunnakwe Aguyi-Ironsi, an Igbo man, rather than give him up to the Hausa/fulani soldiers on 28th July, 1966? Was it not an Igbo man, Odumegwu Ojukwu, who released Obafemi Awolowo from calabar prison and sent a squad of Eastern Nigerian policemen who escorted him to Ikenne, Ijebu, his home town?

You pride yourselves as the two most educated people in the country, yet your best brains have been reduced to playing 2nd fiddle to the Scions of Dan Fodio who are mostly without even a secondary school certificate.

In 1979, it was one of the best Igbo brains, Alex Ekwueme, playing 2nd fiddle to Shehu Shagari. In 1983/84, it was Idiagbon playing 2nd fiddle to a Buhari who had no certificate.
In 2015, it is a Yoruba professor of law still in political purgatory under the same Fulani-born Muhammadu Buhari who has now acquired a certificate……..NEPA bill certificate.

Ojukwu is dead. So is Awolowo. And since I was born, Igbos and Yorubas have never killed each other. How about we put the gory stories of the war behind us and save ourselves and unborn children from this danger that is staring us in the face?

It is always the descendants of Dan Fodio doing all the killings, all the subjugation and slavery and we, the entire south have always been the victim.

In a nutshell, Novus is simply saying that the Igbos and the Yorubas should channel their energy towards confronting their common enemy. You can join forces to fight a formidable enemy and still remain ethnically patriotic to your respective ethnic groups!

Wisdom is profitable to direct.

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  • Yomi Bada says:

    The gulf between the Yoruba and the Igbo would remain until the Igbo can truly reflect on all that happened , first in 1951 Western Region elections and Secondly in 1959 Federal elections. All the records remain in the archives. My advice to the Igbo is ” seek the truth and yee shall be free”. Time and truth will heal the wounds.
    Also the tendency to claim ownership of another man’s land because of prosperity achieved on the land should shelved. Only that , that was legally acquired for personal use can be claimed.

  • Tosin Kolawole says:

    There you go again. when will this baseless and unfounded narratives find its grave?. A generation that had mistrust and misunderstanding among themselves have succeeded in sowing seeds that generation next has continued to incubate without independent assessment. You are only here repeating the falsehood that has continued to breed bitterness between the Igbos and the Yorubas. Question is, who can truly, affirm his presence where this so called “Agreement between Awo and Ojukwu was made” or can you confirm place, time and who constituted the meeting where your claim that Awo had an agreement with the North for the promise of a future presidency was also made”. moreover what morally justification are you holding on to be requesting for apologies from the Yorubas.
    Until we independently reassess what “facts” were passed down to us or decided to live together irrespective of the mutual disagreement of the past. unfortunately, this generation will continue to fight the battles started by its predecessors, leaving no room to the healing that above articles hopes to address. Every tribe has got its claim of betrayals

  • Timothy says:

    I wish the Yorubas and Igbos can unit for the sake of our children, but I am an Igbo man, and I know that my people are bitter, because of what awolowo did. He said if we declare Biafra, Yorubas Will declare oduduwa. We declared Biafra, the Fulanis promised him Presidency in the future, and he joined the Fulanis to commit genocide against us. Over 3.5 million Igbos were killed. We lost trust in the Yorubas. Yorubas has to come to terms, with what they they did, so that the healing can start, they can’t pretend nothing happened, and think all is well.

  • Oluwasanmi Emofo says:

    Thoughtful. It is a simple truth for those, especially the Yoruba who see a viable Yoruba nation in a nation rather than himself alone.

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