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Was Awo "Omo Chicken"?

"If the Eastern Region is allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or opt out of Nigeria, then the Western Region and Lagos must also stay out of the Federation, "

I had forgotten this quote until I saw it on a post by Sapeleguy or someone else,(can't remember).

Did Omo chicken  deliberately push Ojukwu to war, knowing the west would benefit from the war?

Is Omo chicken  an embarrassment to all Yoruba people?

How can he give an undertaking only to chicken out at the last minute?

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@Poster

This topic show dumb some of you Igbos really are. A crisis currently engulfs Nigerian. Instead of you coming to Nairaland and sharing ideas on how we can move Nigeria forward you guys are here talking about AWO and OjUKWU.

You know what i say?

Fxck AWO, Fxck OJukwu Bleep all those fools because they all contributed to the mess Nigeria is today. Now i challenge you numbskulls to to create topics that will Move Nigeria forward.

IGBOs shut the fuxk up about Biafra you all sound like jews screaming about the holocaust. You are all pathetic, Biafra this ,biafra that. If you have an issue with Yorubas pick up and AK-47 and go to balogun market and shoot everybody. If you can’t do that then shut. You call Yorubas cowards but it is your Ojukwu who is a coward, he could not fight till the very end, he gave up and ran away only to come back and join the same people who killed his people. Honorable men die with their soldiers, they do not abandon them to be massacred. What do you call that.

The day I meet that OJukwu I will put a bullet in head, he is on my hit list, he is one of the power mongers disturbing Nigeria politics.It is obvious many of you have not met a crazy Yoruba guy before otherwise you will not call yorubas cowards.

Biarfa nation will be a reality if Yorubas do not support it and that is a bona fide fact so you guys better learn to start showing us some respect, the west is far more developed than the easts and there are a lot of businesses in the west. We can decide at any time to kick you igbos out and there is nothing you can do because the OPC will sort you out.

Many of you IGBOs on this forum are cowards who hide behind their computers to make racist comments ,pray you don’t come across a guy like me then you u go no say Yoruba no be coward.

As for my Yoruba brothers please forget about AWo and his likes. We don’t need people like them. We need young leaders like fashola and like minded people to develop the west.

Hausas rise up against your community leaders as they are the ones messing things up in Nigeria.

Niger deltans shxt the Bleep up ,you no get mouth for here .In a face to face war you cant defeat Yorubas ,there is a huge stash of weapons in cotonou waiting to be used in case you folks make any sudden movements!

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You want to discuss Awo's role. What about Zik's role? Why not address that first? Did Zik not switch sides before the end of the war? If Zik, who was an Igbo man, can switch sides, why can Awo not change his mind in the interests of his people?

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I strongly believe this is one of the most misquoted statements in Nigerian history. To start with, this statement was part of a much longer address to Western(Yoruba+Edo+Delta) leaders of thought in 1967 when speculations were rife about the then pending secessions. Thus this was merely the thought and idea of one man who, despite his great popularity, was not a supreme leader but who merely proposed his own ideas which may or may not be accepted.

Superior arguments would have come to bear which made his position unacceptable and thus influenced the stand thereafter taken by leaders of the Western Region of whom Awolowo was one, albeit a powerful one. But to expect his position to always be taken is an anathema to his democratic credentials and tendencies.

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My brother, you may have to conclude it is the enabling effect of internet anonymity.  I simply don't recognize this intellectual paucity in conversations when I step out with my people in the real world.

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Your points are reasonable and may be valid.

And i noticed it didn't have any "hate" in it.

If Nigerians can agree and discuss with the knowledge that the past is in the past, and that the future is the most important thing, then we night be able to sort out this mess.

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Hausa are ruled by the Fulani so what difference does it make? It's almost like Anglo-Saxon.

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With the continous support for awos role in the genocide the past cannot be forgotten till the past is resolved. A grudge still exists it has to be addressed it can't be wished away

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I have always tried to stay away from this blog but I've always read it from time to time hoping the conversation would get more productive but it hasn't. You young nigerian miinds keep fighting about which tribe is superior and who did what when most of you were not born. The often missed reality is that the problem in Nigeria is not inter-tribal but between the mass and the elites. If you've noticed the elite barely fight over tribal issues except when the want to whip the often less informed masses into a frenzy with economic benefits for them. Until we masses unite across all ethnic lines we woould not be strong enough to fight an elite that is already ahead of us in resources. Take this food for thought and chew it: Despite the northern dominance of power is the regular joe on the street of Kano better off than that on the street of Anambra or Ogun? Let the masses of Nigeria Unite!!!!!!!!!!!!

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looking at the statement made by Awo from different perspectives, one can deduce a lot from it. by using the word 'if' , he made the possibility of the yorubas pulling out a conditionality based on 'if' the East was allowed to pull out which eventually was not allowed.

Now looking at it critically, Awo may have further pitted the North against the East by that statement. By making that threat, the Federal government of Nigeria then led by the North were pushed to take a decisive action not to 'allow the East pull out of Nigeria' so that the Yorubas wouldn't have a cause to also pull out. This resulted in the war which led to the annihilation of millions of Igbo mainly innocent civilians, women and children.

Going by his antecedents and what the yorubas are known for, the above may have been his aim though he approached it in a subtle manner as Yorubas are wont to. The events during and after the war ie starvation as a weapon of warfare and the 20 pounds policy all point to a deliberate plot by Awo to emasculate Eastern Nigeria particularly the Igbos who he saw as the only tribe standing between the Yorubas and economic dominance.

I guess he succeded but now the tables are turning and very fast at that.

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Hausa/Fulani is just a tribal hegemony designed to give the sokoto caliphate balance in Nigerian matters. I very much doubt that the Hausa and Fulani combined number up to both Yoruba or Igbo.

But lets not derail the thread further.

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BTW

3 major tribes in Nigeria are

Hausa

Igbo

Yoruba

Hausa/fulani is not a tribe!

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They are known as the Hausa/Fulani and if they are not complaining who're you to complain.

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I have a feeling that most Nigerians know this but they have accepted the questionable term Hausa/Fulani. There is hardly any difference between that term and a claim that Igbo/Ijo is one ethnic group. Very erroneous.

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hausa and fulani are distinct ethnicities with hausa's being the numerically superior group.

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You punks should leave Awolowo alone. . . let the man enjoy his warm meal with the big father "Ekwensu".

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Thank God you are owning up without knowing it.

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There has always been and will remain 3 major tribes in Nigeria:

Hausa/Fulani

Yoruba

Ibo.

Am with chosen04  on this one.

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You are ignorant, go read up on the creation of the sokoto caliphate. the fulani(fulbe in certain countries) and hausa are distinct tribes.

hausa/fulani are mistaken as one just because of their close proximity and inter-marriage.  There are more hausa's than fulani's

yeah because ibo isn't considered the anglicized form of igbo.

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Its obvious very soon you guys will rewrite histroy to make igbo and ibo two different tribes.

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Thanks

Am always with you

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Each person has to judge the situation and do what is best for them.

If you actually study that statement it is an example of hedging. He could equally have started the statement with 'In the unlikely event of the east seceding then . . .'

This animosity is pointless. There is a much bigger task at hand, stop squabbling.

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I was just going to explain the meaning of IF to the poster, but i see that you have already done that.

I pray he understands it.

BTW, Mr poster sounds so much like some other people on this forum with different usernames.

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Pls stop re-writing histroy.

Nigeria has 3 major tribes namely

1) Hausa/Fulani on 1 hand

2) Igbo

3) Yoruba.

Thats the way it has always been and not even you can say otherwise

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Well, I think yorubas are generally percieved to be chicken.

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Awo was a chicken a fowl a rooster when it came to talk of war, but he was a fukin genius when it came to running government affairs economically. He wasnt a war general like ojuwku(the clown) what do you expect?

Someone who has never seen war,studied war, smelled death. Be realistic he was FAR from a war hero or what ever.

Imagine him leading yorubas into a war and his profession is being an economist lmfao- its even funny sef

What does it say about yoruba people? nothing because they are all different and have different opinions

three who happen to be yoruba for example:

becomerich- wants to join benin republic and leave the igbo with the north lmfao - crazy guy

Katsumoto - wants war divide from north and south . . . blah blah blah

Sjeezy8- wants one Nigeria, fine with me I dont care I stay in Lagos my origin is Lagos(badagry). So all the BS about religous wars and Oil and all that shnit doesnt really effect many lagosian indignes.

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they are two distinct ethnic groups with the fulani's being traditionally normadic while the hausa were pastoral. Fulani's paid tribute to the hausa states until uthman dan fodio took over the emirates and formed the sokoto caliphate.

learn your history

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Bros, Pls you need to wake up. It has always been Hausa/Fulani has one tribe.

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Biafrans will forever be jealous of Awo.

Awo remains the numero uno visionary Nigeria has ever produced.  While your ancestors were busying

with politic pandering, Awo was building the West.  Still evident till tomorrow because your people are still there in the SW making a living.

All of you forest men will forever be a slave of the SW region.

What can I say,  Nairaland has provided cover for you to spew your nonsense.

You should worry about your brothers that are being beheaded in Asia for drug pushing.

Greedy Biafran, will sell his mama for a dime.

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Hausa is one tribe, Fulani is another tribe. You can not combine them to make one tribe.

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Awo is not here and even if he were here, there is a chance that he may not tell us what his intentions were. So we HAVE to go by what he said. Don't try to interprete what he meant; you are not a magician or mind reader.

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Are you accusing Awo of naivety?

Do you want me to believe when Awo made the above statement he thought the eastern region would be allowed to leave the federation no questions asked?

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As at the last time i checked, It takes a man with good element(S) of intellectualism to respond and answer and question.

As at the last time i checked, Another word for chicken was still FOWL. Has it changed?

@Katsumoto

Pls can you provide a link where i contributed to any tribal bashing unprovoked?

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Dare I ask which tribe is the largest?

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Sometimes, I question people's sanity and sense of decency on NL.

Of what use and relevance is this thread other than to display your Ignorance and prejudice?

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Like your brother wilywily, you do not contribute to intellectual threads only tribal bashing threads.

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Why do people persist in humiliating themselves in public? You asked the same question in the thread and i will paste the same answer here that I posted there.

Just like I thought, a generation given information without the ability to analyse issues themselves.

Awo said IF the eastern region is allowed, Is that not a conditional statement? A statement of declaration was made but Gowon did not allow the East to Leave Nigeria.

In a nutshell let me break it down for you. If Biafra succeeded in becoming a nation, then Awo would equally have set in motion actions designed to take the West out of Nigeria. Since Biafra did not succeed, we will never know what Awo would have done. This is a lesson in simple English grammer.

Where did you go school?

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In civilized society Omo chicken woulda resigned from politics and never to be heard of again.

In Nigeria he ended up leading the second largest tribe, what does this say of the Yoruba people?

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