Igbo Man Supports Deportation Of Igbo People From Lagos By Fashola

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August 10, 2013 – Igbo Man Supports Deportation Of Igbo People From Lagos By Fashola

Article by Ikenna Emewu

In about 2004, during those days of frequent workers’ strikes over fuel price increase, I recall a day my immediate boss drove me to the office as there were just few vehicles in town that had fuel to operate. Just after the Mile Two bridge on the way to Kirikiri, we noticed a clearing in a swamp that had been there for ages. There was a market springing up. We later got information that some Igbo traders acquired the place and converted it to a market.

My boss made a statement that it’s just a matter of time before war would ensue over the spot even though the place had been useless for ages.

Two years ago, I was in the office one day when some men came asking for me. They came with a load of documents. They were court processes, lease agreements, payment schedules and many others by the trustees. Just few years after the traders had commenced business in the market, the leasee changed the rules, wanted more money, refused every negotiation with the traders and threatened to eject them within a given time if they failed to pay. They went to court and started spending more money on litigation without enjoying the market they spent over N1.2b to develop. That day, I went to my boss and reminded him his words. That day, I knew he is also a prophet.

That is a tip of the travails of the Igbo man in Lagos as in other cities of Nigeria. That is the plight of a man who created for himself the eleventh commandment of ‘love your neighbour more than yourself.’

Last week, I emptied some good quantity of fuel into a burning fire. Every Igbo man, the traders especially, even those that barely understood the sentences in my writing called for my head for justifying the deportation of Igbo people from Lagos. Most of them read just the headline and drew their conclusion. Interestingly, over 90 percent of those that reacted through text messages aligned with me. To those that wanted me dead, I was paid billions of naira by Fashola, I was anti-Igbo, false Igbo, betrayer and an evil and foolish man.

It is the same evil I want to extend today and I insist that Fashola was right to deport the people who have decided, even after being victims of Nigeria since 1960 to love their neighbours more than they love themselves.

I met a man last Sunday who said all manner of funny things to me in an interview vilifying Fashola, and I persisted that if Fashola’s move, which I prophesied was just the beginning of such trend would force the Igbo man to think home and get back and develop himself, I welcome it.

This week, Rivers State has extended the trend and deported 113 persons they called destitute and beggars from Port Harcourt. Fashola’s men justified their act by citing that Governor Godswill Akpabio sometime ago invited Lagos to take people of the state who were homeless dwellers of Uyo.

Let me pull this argument further by reminding my callers that wanted me dead for being false Igbo the experience of ASPMDA Igbo traders. The space called Trade Fair was fallow for many years until Igbo traders mainly, who traded at the Balogun Market at the Lagos Island got the space, raised billions of naira to put it back into use. Just few years after, they faced threats of ejection after the federal government allegedly in privatization concessioned the space to a company without considering the investment interest of these people that got money through loans to bring back a moribund facility into use. If you ask the ASPMDA traders, you will get a better picture of their travails. If that market were developed in their land, maybe it would be a different story.

The Igbo man I interviewed entertained himself with a long tale of how God created the Igbo man to be development agent for the nation and that it does not matter where he invests. I asked him if Igboland is part of the Nigeria the Igbo man according to him, was ordained to develop. He could not find a ready answer. If Igboland is part Nigeria, the development agent should also develop himself. He argued again that God will shake the heavens and by happenstance what would trigger the development of Igbo land would come one day. I asked him again if it wise for the Igbo to strategically and meticulously develop other places while he waits for luck and chance to develop his.

I argue and I insist on it till the day I die that that man who intentionally forgot himself in the scheme of things and deceives himself in a place like Nigeria that really doesn’t exist by having over 80 percent of his hard-earned wealth and population out of his home needs some shaking to remind him that he fools himself. Even if the Igbo man believes he is the custodian of the one-Nigeria project, nothing says the project would perish if the Igbo man lives in his land and invests in his land. We have lived in dream world for too long that we just have to wake up. Those people who could troop back to develop those places that declared their property abandoned about 45 years ago more than they do in their land should have their heads examined. They should be awakened from their stupor somehow. If that wake up approach is deporting them from those places they delude themselves are theirs, so be it.

When the killings of strangers got out of hand in Kano last year, what Igbo unity groups, including Ohanaeze advised was that the Igbo man should remain where he is because this is one Nigeria. Remain to be killed?

Some years ago at the World Igbo Congress in Owerri, a pressman from Edo State worried by the ‘wisdom’ of the Igbo to live the way he does asked Prof. Joe Irukwu, then Ohanaeze president if he would not advise his brothers for a change of attitude. The Igbo leader answered him that Igbo believes in one Nigeria and there was nothing wrong with the way they behave and no need advising them otherwise. It was Dr. Sam Egwu, then Ebonyi State governor who interjected and said he disagreed with Irukwu. In his personal opinion, he said his position is that Nd’Igbo should think more of their land.

Last week I said that Fashola has set the ball rolling, and others would soon join the deportation train. In less than one week that has happened, and who would be the major victim of the deportations other than the man who lives more outside his homeland. That is the Igbo man.

Over time the Igbo man has developed thick skin against the killings he faces in the north, and that is the reason Igbo leaders advise him to stay put and be killed rather than return home. We least expected any jolt from the west or Lagos because those have been friends over the years.

[Article By Ikenna Emewu, culled from Daily Sun]

21 thoughts on “Igbo Man Supports Deportation Of Igbo People From Lagos By Fashola

  1. When it comes to doing business, igbo man will tell you one Nigeria, but when it comes to political appointments they will descriminate even among their states claiming some south eastern states are more “igbos” than the others. Go and develop your states to avoid more deportation.

  2. MY lovely brother ikenna.i so much lov ur article,honestly writing u have said it all.i wish de can understnd u.for our language we use to say “ife mee mmadu omalu ife”, bt i dnt knw hw many times ife ga eme anyi tutu anyi amara ife,”maybe 1000times. If am correct. Thanks Bro

  3. If deportation takes place in lagos state what about those towers build by some strangers. let’s becareful else there will be serious war in lagos other than any part of the country that emulated the gesture of deportation. One nigeria they said (why deportation?).

  4. My Brother, i agree wit u 100%. We have to go home and develope our land. How can someone have 3deck in Lagos and come 2 his or her own town and have a Bungalo, and u go ahead to tell me dat we’ re wit our sences. Sory!.

  5. The issue of deportation has been blown out of proportion, the truth is that it is natural for people all over the world to eke out a living in the most conducive location. This is why in Europe there is migration from impoverished Eastern Europe to the west . And when they constitute nuisance to their host deportation is the answer.
    While deportation is the right word for inter-country removal, it is inappropriate to intra-country relocation hence resettlement as in this instance. It is commendable to note that (except with the aftermath of Boko Haram Crisis) there is hardly a local government in Nigeria that is not inhabited by Igbos. The issue has never been having them around but how they comport themselves as you have progressive elements among them so are destructive elements ,just as in any ethnic group.
    The issue is whether Lagos State has a justification to resettle the destitutes in their states of origin? My answer is yes and no.
    If the destitutes were born and bred in Lagos NO
    But if they leave their states where they were born and bred in search of survival but were not that lucky- YES
    Instead of crying wolf, where are these Igbos when their fellow being are in need? Truly Igbos are known for being their brothers keepers but in this instance having failed to provide needed support, they should cover their faces in shame and stop vilifying the government who is working hard to make Lagos habitable.
    Therefore, I find the writer’s suggestion that Igbos should go back home as not only unsound but uncharitable. What happens to their investments, what about family dislocation, where are the economic opportunities, mind you Onitsha, Nnewi and Aba are big market but they are too shallow to accommodate the ever growing traders , what about the advantage of nearest to the sources of opportunity? Please let us stop this ethnic hate campaign

  6. deporting igbo people is not legal according to Nigeria constitution. then i am sporting this igbo man whom said that igbo does not like their land.it is true, this high time we igbo should think of home,bcos so called Nigeria is not one Nigeria, but only splits country spritually. but i am asured you that within a short time Nigeria wil splites physically.

  7. personal opinion and a senseless contribution..we need condemn illegality when we see one..the governor a senioe advocate breached the constitution and need to be called to order with restraint

  8. Am not an igbo man, bt lets face the truth, is it legal to deport d igbo pple within their home country. They shuld b advised abt developin their nativ land rather dan pursuing dem, people shuld nt 4get dat the igbos r a major determinant of our economy.

  9. i wish many Igbos will take time to understand this write-up very well, its high time we come home and develop our land.

  10. There is sense in wat ur saying. If an igbo man should think back home, in a no distance time, igbo land will be a hot cake fr biz.

  11. Who said igbo land is not developed?I wonder if they hv heard of onitsha,enugu,owerri etc is jst dat lagos is the central bussiness atmosphere which was a collective contribution from all nigerians.yorubas pls remb that ur pple are scatterd across igbo land,u better dnt start sometin u end up regretin

  12. I PERSONALLY BELIVED THAT SOMETHING IS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS, BECOS FROM MY OWN ANGLE OF VEIW IN THE LAST 10 YEARS MORE OF IGBOS WERE KILLED IN THE NORTHS, NO RIFF BUT JUST BECOS OF THE DEPORTATION OF SOME DESTTUTE FROM LAGOS TO ONISHA HAS COS A BIG PROBLEM LET US LOOK AT THIS FROM THESE ANGLES, ARE WE NOT A FOL0WER OF CHRIST? WHY DO WE TRAVELL ABROUD IF WE KNOW WE CAN NOT LIVE WITH ORTHER TRIBE OR IS SOMEBODY BRINGING LIES BETWEEN OBAFEMI AND OJUKWU LOOK TO BE HONEST THEY HAVE SPEND THERE TIME LET FOCUS ON OUR FUTURE OR IS SOMEBODY FUELING ANOTHER CIVI WAR, OR ARE WE DOING THIS BECOS OF POLICAL POWER PLS LET US BE SPECIFIC IN OUR ACTION BECOS I STRONGLY BELIVE THAT THE YORUBAS ARE PEACE SETTERS THANKS

  13. I thought as much and now is cumin 2 pass where eva d igbos re people of dat place wil always want 2 lure us away jst bcos of our progressive impact on dat area it has alwayz bein lyk dat even b4 d civil war. re we d only ethnic group in nigeria? Don’t we secede and hv sum peace 4 crying out loud. Lagosians lean 2 appreciate what others hv so dat God will bless u…..

  14. I took time to read this article and I totally agree with the writer. Most of you merely jumped the lines or even didn’t understand his words. From the things the writer highlighted out, I think God naturally blessed Igbo people with creativity so I think Igbos as developers and smart people should take this blessings to their homes.

  15. Well, it is not bad at all,what fashola did is bad to me as ikenna said lets develope our land and be independent, lets us be our brother ‘s keeper if BIAFRA should turnout great. Remember that fashola was the only person from YOROBA AND HAUSA that attended the lunching of china achebe ‘s THIER WAS A COUNTRY Upon warning and threat from his people ,don’t think that think that fashola ment bad for igbo he is tring to open our eye . Let us be countious while judging

  16. Ikenna u re sum ao biased here, Fashola did nt start d deportation saga, it has bin happening for long, if u can trace d history, bt of recently it was Gov peter Obi that started it again, He deported sum Ebonyin pple bak to their state, can’t u see wen fashola deported d Anambra pple d Gov (peter obi) did nt utter any statement up til now, what He only said waz dat “Not all of the destitute are 4rm Anambra) He (obi) is reaping what He sow……..Thus I blif in ONESS of Nigeria

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