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What's The Implication Of Sir Ahmadu Bello's October 12, 1960 Statement?

”The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grand father, Othman Danfodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We must use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as conquered territories and never allow them to rule over us or have control over their future.” (Sir Ahmadu Bello October 12, 1960)

I don't know when Nigerians will read meaning into the above statement and realize that we are all enslaved and stop bashing Igbos/Biafrans for demanding to be freed.

One Nigeria is a farce!

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The fact that you construe the alleged statement accredited to Ahmadu Bello as stream of conjectural lies almost left me in a state of total drunkenness given the level of your historical acumen. In fact, Nigeria is doomed and will never recover.

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Omo i tire. The same old lies, half-truths, and supposed 'altruistic' actions.

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The actions of a few Igbos caused the whole entire Ndigbo to be targetted for the crimes of a few. Of course it was silly to kill many of the North's leaders. Especially the Sardauna of Sokoto. That was just asking for a trouble. So they should have round up all the killers, not the entire people.

Anyway, we Igbos are just waiting patiently. We already learned from our mistake, but you better believe that most Igbos will never want to be considered a Nigerian. Go to Alaigbo and you will see how many people loathe the name Nigeria. Do not allow the Igbo fools in the West fool you.

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I definitely had to answer this. We Igbos not Ibos, were trying to free the people of the North, but look how ungrateful the northerners were. They are still just as backwards as you are. Yes, maybe my Igbo brothers should not have been pan-Nigerian and worried about the rest of the country, but we did. And look where that got us. We have given so much to this country to receive nothing.

Yes, we should have allowed the Hausa to deal with the Yoruba. The Yoruba should remember how the Igbos took the anger of the marauding Vandals off of them.

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Our problem in Nigeria is that we mix a grain of truth with two of suppositions and half-truths. Unfortunately, the result is untruth.

Just as surely as you see what is going wrong with the treatment of Igbos in Nigeria today, you must be able to see what was wrong with the coup of 1966. The coup plotters may have had nationalist ambitions, but if their victims were mainly Hausa/Fulanis and the group itself contains no Hausa/Fulani, then you must be able to see why it was perceived as against them.

As you yourself said, the leader of the coup was Igbo and an Igbo emerged at the head of government after all was said and done. Call me foolish, but if I were planning such a thing I would think about what might happen in case the plans failed.

You are not saying that they informed Awolowo of the coup beforehand, otherwise I don't see how you could claim the coup was to benefit him.

Same goes for Ojukwu's war. It wasn't that trying to get out was right or wrong, it was again that he did not build a good foundation before attempting to build a house. He himself said he went to war without all that was necessary to win. You can't do that and anyone that drags their people into such a thing without preparation doesn't love himself or his people.

Ordinarily, Abiola should have deployed his billions to get his mandate back or break-up Nigeria. I am glad he didn't because his naive attempt to cooperate with Abacha early on showed he was not built for such a thing.

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The bolded is why Nigeria will never progress speedily as one. Some "revolutionaries"  led by elements from one tribe (Igbo) tried to change Nigeria for the better through revolution. It didn't matter that the beneficiary was going to be from another tribe (Awolowo of Yorubaland); when the coup failed, the above bolded quote became my (Igbo) portion in Nigeria for 44 years. Anyone still expecting another revolution in Nigeria is a lunatic.

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the persecution complex in this thread is amazing.

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If they didn't attempt to overthrow d govt in 66,there might have been no civil war.

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Over generalization is not good, that is why I asked you to spell it out. As a Yoruba I never got the feeling that Igbos are hated. Unlike some people would like to propagate here on the internet, while growing up the name Zik was always referenced as Zik of Africa or Zik the Great, even though until I began to understand history Obafemi was the same as Oduduwa in my young eyes.

I don't know what the general populace feel about Ojukwu, but he was viewed as one strong-headed man, hence a type of large steel pot was nicknamed during the civil war "Agbari Ojukwu" - meaning Ojukwu's head.

Among the ethnic groups in Nigeria the Igbos and Hausa/Fulani's live in mutual fear of each other, and sandwich the Yorubas in the middle. The hurt from the events of the 1960s is the basis for this fear. The greatest hurt that has happened to the Yorubas in Nigeria are largely self-inflicted.

Really, the hate you talk and think about is the manifestation of the exploitation of these fears by the kleptocrats for the purpose of hanging on to both power and your resources in the name of national unity. They pretend to be watching out for Nigeria, but all they are concerned about is their pocket.

That fear, rather than any innate hate, easily boils over in inter-regional, and inter-personal relationships. Healthy ethnic identity has been converted into ethnic conspiracies, and the back and forth, do me I do you and retaliatory actions has turned into hate since after sometime it doesn't matter who started what - which is where we are today. The same story applies whether you are talking about Hausa/Fulani, Igbos, Yorubas or talking about Modakeke/Ife; Ijaw/Itsekiri; Igbo/Ikwere; Fulani Herdsment/Beroms, etc.

Once upon a time the French, Spanish, Engllish, etc were fighting wars on the North American continent while together enslaving the Africans and exterminating the native Indians. Yet, that same continent domninates the world today because they learned the lessons of their past. What we are lacking are true leaders who would truly wipe away all these hurts by a genuine call to brotherhood.

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The ibos themselves are not innocent , why would ibos go and slaughter northern leaders and expect them to keep quiet when they did nothing to you, ibos were at the helm of affairs , goverment ,politics,military , business e.t.c only for them to wreck everything in a coup when they were not being oppressed. The north was dealing with the yorubas(awolowo in jail and the state of emergency in the west) and nothing concerned ibos only for ibos to strike and kill northerners even when it wasnt ibos that they dealt with , serves ibos right . Ibos are thier worst enemy.

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Do not act like you don't know. Every social ill or crime in Nigeria is blame on the Ndigbo. Just look at these threads and you will see the level of hate that the Igbo receives.

I hate the term that people say that we are the Jews of Africa, but I can see why now. All hate yet we still shine. We suffered genocidal acts and we are still here and thriving. Every Igbo child born is a smack in the face of the people who hate us.

And we Igbos do not hate anyone except for the saboteurs but that is left for another day.

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Could you spell it out and say who HATES Igbos and how? Also, does the Igbos HATE anyone?

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@mr everlyfrank when you say north do you mean the same one where the beroms and hausas are found or the one alhaji ahmadu bello told his alnajiris to use as their fathers estate ?

This is very important to the research

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That is what the weak does, they bash people who in no way has anything to do with the oppression. Last time I checked, the Igbo are far from power, but get the most hate. Really sickening if you ask me.

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At what event was d above statement made, n of what relevance is it to d reality on d ground. D prolonged military rule was just an evidence of d north beating d south in their own game. D south are responsible for d coming of military into politics via d 1966 coup. D north endorsed and massively voted for MKO and Obasanjo in 1993 and 1999 respectively. And they will vote for Goodluck come 2011 should he contest.

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Well no one cares anymore, how do a bunch of illiterate beggars plan to overrun the rest of the country ?

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