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Why Are You People So Scared Of 'The North' ?

It is pathetic and pitiful to think that without lifting a finger the fear of the north has paralysed some Nigerians into inactivity.

Where does this fear stem from ?

This is  a reminder to our people who have turned themselves into perpetual footstools, that it needn't be this way. We know most of you are paid propagandists and apologists, stop selling out your people.

All ethnicities are equal, no big brother or small brother, stand up and fight for your rights.

The north is not the enemy but rather those amongst us who continue to betray generations unborn for their own selfish purposes need to be rooted out.

Take a dose of courage and stand up for your rights.

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therapy? you got that right, u need it onye ara

talking about shipping boxes of tissue paper u broke as modascuker who cant even afford pure water, mechionu gi

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@Maple

You are wasting your time hitting the keyboard trying to give a sincere piece of your heart to these guys.

The best you could have done is ask for their home or office address and fedex boxes of tissue papers to them to wipe their tears.

Thousands of people visit nairaland daily, to read the so-called "Expert" views of these guys, and it amazes at how much fun they have reading their impassioned political gurgles. Let the victims have their fill. I think its therapy time for the ibos on this blog. Brace yourself for further Northern and Western bashing. And don't frown when you read words like: Sharia Imposing North, Traitor Yoruba freaks, Obasanjo the biggest problem, etc. I am sure Adam didnt even blame Eve that hard for his servitude when he got kicked out of Heaven for their waywardness.

Its a pity we have to live with their pain. But its theirs. Not mine. Isnt it?

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u got the part about the Northerners being able to play their cards right, But you cant convince me that there aint no religious zealots up in the north and all religious tensions was due to politics

Zamfara governor that introduced sharia initially in nigeria is a bonafide islamist ok,

As far as i am concerned the northerners are the least populated parts of nigeria with ijaw, bini, urhobo, itsekiri all outnumbering them, Assuming you are educated we can see that out northern neighbours (chad, niger and even some west african countries like mali which is bigger than nigeria in land) that have the same topography as northern nigeria dont even have more than 16million. so why would a desert be able to hold the 60million people claimed by the north, doesnt just add up, desert cant support such a vast array of humans period, and thats why i believe with their inferior number they've done a good job out playing the south

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@Onlytruth,

As a Northerner, I believe it would be a total cliche' to drop some lines.  You seemed very reluctant to think outside the box as per this debate, despites Kobojunkie's incessant efforts to help.  All these saga is just a game of power play, and one has to see it as such if he/she wants to master it. The truth of the matter is, every regional, tribal, and religion entity is a participant in this game, but the Northern Muslims have won more than the other entities, WHY? because they've learned to play their cards very well, Simple.

How well have the Igbos played their cards, and what role did the Igbos played and are still playing in maintaining the status quo, have you asked yourself those questions? The dominance of the North in our country's politics did not happened overnight, the opportunity was offered on a silver plate, aftermaths the incidence of 1966.  If that coup had succeeded,  there would never have been a balance of power either. South-Easterners would probably be dominating this game today.  Although, that 1966 incident remained a stain in the history of our country, its the best thing that had ever happened to the North. Thats the untold truth.

You kept saying that the north wants to impose sharia on the rest of  Nigerians, is that supposed to be a joke or what?  I'm sure you know thats not true, but its a very shameful and petty excuse used by people who just cant handle the truth and their shortcomings.   Northern leaders do not give a hoot about sharia, its implementation would not be to their advantage, if anything, most of them dislike it even more than you do. However, they came up with the sharia label, because thats all they need to fire up the unsuspecting masses.  You need to go to the so-called sharia states (I am from one by the way) to see for yourself. The sharia saga was just another political gimmick to rally the people and hold on to power, and guessed what, It worked.  Sentiments aside, you got to commend the ingenuity of the leaders from the North in this game, they sure do know how to play their cards very well.

There is no way to say it better than via Nkem Owoh's song called "I go chop your dollar". When you replace "419" in that song with "Nigerian power politics", you'll get the perfect picture.  Say what you may, the Yorubas are gaining ground in this game as well, hence they've had some victories too.  The game is still on, and  many Igbos have realized the futility of blaming the North for all their political problems.  Instead of wallowing in perpetual victimhood , they have learned to put themselves and their leaders in the box. Soon, it'll be a different ball game, but folks like you are not helping the Igbo cause.

Our so-called leaders know too well  that the average Nigerian is a mugu, they just throw some ethnic/religious tension out there whenever the chips are down, and the average Nigerian would loose all senses and be led to the gallows.  Irrespective of which part of the country you come from, your leaders do not give a hoot about you. You seem very bitter about the status quo. Despite the donkey years northerners have been ruling this country, what have we really achieved in terms of developments compared to the other regions? about 70% of Nigerians suffering from abject poverty are Northerners, we lack social amenities et al.  Who knows, south-easterners could  have suffered the same fate if their leaders had been in power. So my fellow Nigerian, channel your anger somewhere else, cos we are all pawns in this game of power struggle. No northerner would come into power without a South-Easterner and South-Westerner behind him, it just would never happen.  Ethnic/religion tension is a means to justify the end (their pockets).

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Oh Yeah!!! The OVER-USED "THINGS WILL AUTOMAGICALLY HAPPEN BECAUSE I SAID SO" argument!!! Try again!

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If I keep thinking about my personal reality (which is by no means meager!), what about my children and their future? I know you think like our rulers (selfish and narcissistic). I'm not like that. I think about my future generations. Do you think the best way to defend their interest is to be aloof to the reality of Nigeria -a permanently dysfunctional state? Do you believe the best way is to forget our history? Who has ruled Nigeria for 49 years? What have they done with the power? Why don't I have even a credible census or election? I know you'd go "all Nigerian elites are bla blah!" History is there though. It reminds us of what role each region and tribe played to put us where we are today. To abandon that history is to play into the hands of revisionists like you.

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Equal rights and justice for all. Why is that so hard to achieve in Nigeria?

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But @Onlytruth, what part of this POWER GAME continues to elude you? So what if some groups in the NORTH feel their Sharia strategy might ensure them more control, what’s new in that? You mean the VICTIM card people like you continue to play is any different? It is simply different strategy but SAME OLD GAME~!

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@ Ndu

I just ignored it. Am tired of explaining. You know virtually nothing about and you make wild and sweeping statements

about them. This man will go abroad and speaking authoritatively on Nigeria.

@Onlytruth

This is where you convey wrong impressions. You should realise that you are not addressing your ilk alone.

Nigeria is a federation isn't it? or you do not want it again? Sharia is not being used in Eastern Nigeria and Resource allocation are major themes in the ongoing senate hearings. Each zone is making a presentation. So our lawmakers are expected to put their heads together and come up with the best possible options and it is going to be a peaceful showdown, not the violence you have always wished for.

As an aside, some folk are asking for more states and I was amused there was no talk of Biafra at the senate hearings. Only truth, are you really winning?

E be like say bus don leave you for station. Words are tools of communication and with your sophistry, you go beyond the ordinary meaning. I refuse to comment on the use and understanding of words. We are operating on different wavelengths. You are a propagandist and I say things as they are. You manipulate words for full effect when you want to manipulate minds, but not people like us.

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^^^

I'm still waiting for your explanation to why a segment of the country wants to impose Sharia and inequitable resource allocation formula on Nigeria.

You are good with using words whose meaning you barely understand.

You tell the world that all is well with Nigeria, but all lovers of truth know that the country is headed to a real showdown either peacefully or violently.

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@ Ndu

I just ignored it. Am tired of explaining. You know virtually nothing about and you make wild and sweeping statements

about them. This man will go abroad and speaking authoritatively on Nigeria.

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dis ya generalization na wa. if you replace northerners with westerners, easterners, or southerners, you go see say ya statement still dey accurate. you see, most Nigerians are poor and lack good education. na him be say, more than 75million of de 150million nigerians fall inside dat category.

de rest of de generalizations wey you make there no make sense. you forget say many northerners be christians? mallam phemmy, i tink say you be prejudist tribalist. try learn more about ya fellow nigerians.

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I will not see this as fear of the North.

The North are extremist and die hard Muslims, that are willing to wipe out others cos of religion.

The south are live let us live, but the north thinks different.

Most Northerners are poor and lack good education and this made them to easily blv anything by some leader and carry their dagger to kill just anyone, they are so loyal to almost anyone that feeds them and that is terrible.

Cos lack of knowledge make people perish.

But i think the Northerners are one united people with almost one voice.

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@Kobojunkie

The man has run out of candidates, all this sophistry and high winding grammar don finish.

Only truth ,please have the humility to suggest your self for this "mission critical". Na

you remain, the last of the Mohicans.

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Iwu might be an Igbo man but he was installed there by a Yoruba man to do his bidding. So, Iwu is not the problem, the problems are those pressing him like a button. Guess who they are: Yoru to the bas!

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Flashing an ethnic card will not help this country. Gone are the days of northern mafia, even though there are still saboteurs amongst southerners who pursues personal interest at d detriment of their fellow brothers and sisters. But its a fact dat years of military rule affected our psyche as a nation but we need to forge ahead and discuss issues objectively. WHICH ETHNIC GROUP ANNULLED JUNE 12 &MURDERED ABIOLA? Though hes a brother but i believe that d people behind his death like every other evil and corruption we've experienced as a nation are from all ethnic groups in this country. Let us do away with d power of invincibility ascribed 2d north and strive to balance d equation of power in nigeria. EVIL THRIVES WHERE GOOD MEN STANDBY AND DO NOTHING. No siddon look pls before its too late cos dis country na we own!

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Ojukwu is the your leader if you are Igbo, if you don’t accept him as your leader, then say so.

You are the one suffering from inferiority complex. Your concept of a typical African, which you are, says it all.  According to you, typical Africans  have “less than pale of comprehension”, as you put it. I suppose your oyibo masters who are still your slave masters are the best and brightest.

Since you are a historian of repute, I will not bore you with the early history of Czechoslovakia. It suffices to point out that between 1989 and 1992, Czechoslovakia was a federal democratic republic consisting of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. The peaceful dissolution of such a country in 1993 was actually quite easy to accomplish. They simply split the country into the existing 2 republics that were previosly Czechoslovakia (nice and neat).  Compare their territorial make-up to Nigeria with over 250 ethnic groups, tribes,  and several states. As we speak, your leaders in the south east are asking for more states! 

I maintain that those of you still agitating for Biafra are fringe.  A constitutional review is currently taking place in Nigeria with input from every region. Your leaders and superiors have not tabled the idea of a sovereign nation, what is more important to them is the creation of additional states. I ask you Dede1, do the representatives of the South East, including Ojukwu, who are participating in this constitutional review speak for you?  If not, then you belong to the fringe group. Shikena.   

I take exception to your continuous disrespectful act of constantly calling our dear country cesspit. Were it not for decorum, I would have reigned assorted African curses upon you.

(P.S. May your unit fail you to the maximum extent, by refusing to rise to the occasion, during your next rendez-vous with your concubine)[/

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With reference to your series of jaundiced posts on this forum, it does not surprise me to note that you are wearing inferior mentality. The comment you made about Ojukwu being superior to anybody underscores your deluded mindset.

Since you are typical African, I would not hold you penalized for your less than pale of comprehension as you struggled to make sense out of analogies I gave with African countries.

Let me take you across the pond to Europe and cite Czechoslovakia as one of the recent countries that underwent peaceful dissolution due to high tensions mounted by nationalistic interests. There was no confiscation of property, massive exodus of citizens of the two nations, lost of lives due ethnic or religious riots, no cross-border raids and lost of sleep. In most cases and by choice, the citizens of Czech and Slovakia are entitled to dual citizenship. Both Prague and Bratislava maintained cordial diplomatic and joint economic corporations.

Please can you tell me why such healthy corporation should not exist among nations at the instance of dissolution of cesspit called Nigeria?

It is unfortunate that somebody that had earlier impugned the status of past recorded events in a previous post and still had the temerity to cite the rascality of fringe group in Austin, TX in a post. I would want to annoy you by stating that Biafrans agitating for sovereign nation are not fringe.

I know you have comprehension dilemma that is why you failed to draw a fine correlation between Union-Confederacy civil war and Nigeria-Biafra civil war. I suggest to you that digging for facts is better mental exercise than jumping to skewed conclusions.

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@onlytruth,

All this sophistry will get you nowhere. Where is the ''mission critical'' in the Eastern states ?

You should have imported administrators from Taiwan. We are seeing mission critical in Anambra.

You should learn to know when you are playing an LP, CD or single. Some of these cliches have

passed their sell by dates.

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^^^ Greed and Egotism were the foundation of the 1966 coup.

Every grand deception has to be implemented with the aid of collaborators. In that arrangement every Nigerian ethnicity is involved, hence 'Papa Deceive Pikin' has been so successful. To say that the likes of Iwu, Uba and Ogbulafor etc are not part of the elite or that the elite are not culpable for the current situation is an exercise in self deception.

It is never fair to blame a whole region for the actions of a tiny minority, that is tantamount to throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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Please speak for yourself!

I, (and I can tell you most Igbo) are not afraid of the North, not by a looooooooog shot! We are only frustrated with Nigeria, and unlike you, have staked our interests several times for the sake of Nigeria. Some Igbos, for instance Zik ceded Igbo interest for the sake of an unbalkanized Nigeria. Igbo officers took action in January 1966 to arrest a national decay (you need to read Nzeogwu's coup satement), Ndigbo are fanned out all over Nigeria despite being killed occasionally by religious and tribal bigots (though I'm happy that we have started retaliating against such). Our public servants and sportsmen and women always go for gold medal each time they are called to serve (with the exception of a few hand-picked thieves like Maurice Iwu).

Bottom line is that I reject this dubious blanket blame of the so called Nigerian elites for Nigeria's problems. If there was no Obasanjo there would not be a Maurice Iwu. There was a Humphrey Nwosu who conducted the freest election in Nigeria's history. So, don't come to Igboland and pick a thief who will play according to your dictates and turn around to blame Igbo elites. I am an Igbo elite too, and so are Chinua Achebe, Peter Obi, Chris Ngige, Charles Soludo, Ngozi Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Emeka Anyaoku, Ken Nnamani, and many others . When was the last time any of these were given national tasks and they failed?

Do you think Obasanjo loves Nigeria more than Ojukwu, you'd be shocked! Those who love Nigeria  are not the thieves parading themselves as patriots all these years. The true lovers of Nigeria are the selfless lovers of human beings first. They are the ones who love justice and fair play enough to actually do something about it. Not the likes who handed over Nigeria's territory with 250,000 Nigerians to Cameroun. When was the last time Obasanjo did something for Nigeria? The man is almost narcissistic (extremely selfish). Everything he did was to secure him a life presidency.

So, I reject this "Nigerian elite to blame" deception and lie. There is nothing like that! Nigeria has always operated on the basis of tribe and region. We are fully aware of what role which tribe played at each turn of Nigeria's history.

Any attempt to lob everyone into one camp for the purpose of blame is a hoodwink!

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^^When you are done Roflmaoing, please do.

In fact let me help you. http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-295773.64.html

You have been caught lying - yet again. You should at least apologise. I don't hold grudges.

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Should I pull up your "THE EVIL NORTH" killed Tinapa thread?? Roflmao!!!

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You describe the degredation, suffering and death of Nigerians as a game? You speak of this game as though it was legitimate. How much more suffering do you wish on Nigerians to realise that this isn't a game and there are no winners.

You only need to look at the conflicts in plateau, benue and taraba states to know that the concept of northern unity is a myth. It is bogus, if homogenous regions like the west or the east are not united how can the north?

BTW why did you leave the western region out of your theory - I hope it wasn't a freudian omission

You don't need to lie to make a point.

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Yorubas are Saboteurs for Real, As Fraud flows in Yorubamans vein so is Saboteur, that is their way of life.

If not Yorubamans Chameleon way of life, who is Dirty Stinking Hausa/Fulani North compare to South, we can collectively get rid of these unwanted people in a week.

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@ Dis guy

It is crying wolf where there is none?

Are you aware of something called aggressive defense?

I leave you to figure that out.

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I think some subtle distinctions have been made  by some posters and these relate to the elite and the masses in Nigeria who are united or divided in their enjoyment and suffering respectively.

Having said this, it will be remiss of us not to acknowledge the fact that some groups have tried to or in fact colonised other groups within this country on the basis of majority and minority.

It is not enough to say we are all the same or think that removing federal character will solve our problems without attending to the inherent imbalances in our structure or institutions and guarantee equality and justice for all.

To ignore these imbalances is to fan the flames of conflict and continue business as usual.

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gaskiya ta fi kwabo.  true talk.

What’s the point of the gibberish you’ve written above. It shows a complete inability to communicate effectively. You’ve only succeeded in confusing yourself.

Well, I have news for you: Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a man who is clearly your superior  did not fail to grasp the misdeeds of his past endeavors and he is not hell bent on commiting the stupidity over again, unlike people like you who would rather fight another civil war than work to make our nation great.

In case you have not read Ojukwu’s speech at the recently held, Chinua Achebe colloquium, here’s an extract from his speech – Ojukwu believes that Ndiigbo shall regain political relevance in Nigeria, in his lifetime. I hope you are not saying that Ojukwu has a low IQ because of his stance on this issue:

Extract from Ojujwu's speech in blue:

My commitment, because I am seriously involved, is to work with all well-meaning Nigerians to bring about the Nigerian society as promised by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. When this happens, and all glass ceilings and other unwholesome practices designed to keep Ndigbo, or any other ethnic groups in Nigeria marginalized are dismantled, I shall feel fulfilled. When this happens, Ndigbo shall regain their political and economic relevance in a fair, just and egalitarian Nigerian society. This remains my mission. It is my commitment to Ndigbo. It is my commitment to Nigeria, Africa and the world. And it shall happen in my lifetime. Not after. 

Are you for real? Your equating the implications of Nigerians acquiring properties in foreign countries such as Benin, Ghana, Togo, and Cameron to the implications of breaking up Nigeria into mini nations and its potential effect on Nigerian property owners I itemized, confirms that you are not only ignorant of intertribal dynamics and relationships in Nigeria, but you are also a pathetic analyst.  You are comparing apples to oranges!  Are you sure that if Ghana, Benin, Togo, or Cameroon, breaks up into mini nations, the conditions will remain the same for those foreign home owners? Would those home owners support such a breakup in those countries? Are you sure that the new mini nations will not ask non citizens to return to their countries and reapply for visa? You seem to have missed the point I was making  and your logic is seriously flawed.

Once again, you’ll be wasting your resources on a lost cause. The vast majority of Nigerians do not agree with the dissolution of the country.

As a student of history, you know that the American civil war ended in May 1865 when the remaining Confederate forces surrendered. Over 620,000 Americans died in the war, with disease killing twice as many as those lost in battle. 50,000 survivors return home as amputees.

Today, there exists some fringe groups that are still calling for the dissolution of the USA, just as you are calling for the dissolution of Nigeria.  Checkout their website

http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/we-hate-the-united-states-secessionists-rally-in-texas/

You will end up like the losers on that website at the rate you are going. Olodo

P.S. Try to answer the questions I asked you in a prior post,  the only thing you have to fear, is fear itself.  Here’s the post: http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-365759.0.html#msg5104743

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We keep telling you we are all the same, you refuse to listen. All of us are roasting

in the cauldron called Nigeria. We have a problem with our elite. I am always amused

when people talk about fear of one section or the other. Always recall Fela,s song.

You dey fear for the tin wey you no see.

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NOW YOU ARE TALKING!!!!!

Nigerians in the North, South, East are the same!!! Each group wants POWER. . . . only that the North seems to have held the upper hand for a long time. That DOES NOT MEAN the north is the EVIL GROUP. No, they are simply PLAYING THE SAME GAME every other group has been playing, only they keep winning and the loosers keep deluding themselves that they are EVIL for coming out winners.

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Absolute Rubbish!!

Northern unity is a myth and total mirage. Take power, petro dollar and powerful establisment positions away from them just for 10 years and let us see how united they are. Their unity is based on sharing SS/SE oil money that doesn't belong to them. Everyone exhibit unity when there is plenty to go round but try to find out how united when their is little to go round, that you have to beat another person in order to eat.

We saw how united they were behind Atiku when OBJ wanted to destroy him, even within his own Adamawa domain, just because they're either afraid of EFCC or want to protect their political positions under OBJ. Can you just imagine if Atiku was Igbo and his brother like Jubril Aminu and Marwa betrayed him as they did and what the talks will be like?

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My people say that when a person insists that an idiom or metaphorical expression should be interpreted, the dowry lavished on the person’s mother is a waste of human endeavor. I would regard your condescending dribbles as feign of ignorance and allow you to wallow on inherent naiveté.

It is widely affirmed that the past is prologue and any group of people with either low or high IQ that failed to grasp the misdeeds of their past endeavors are bound to commit the stupidity over again. I would be damned if I failed to allow the past history to guide the future undertakings.

It will amount to foolhardy on my part to labor on faint conjectural means as a way of resolving the current irreparable nature of the cesspit called Nigeria. I would continue to stake my means and meager resources to the dissolution of colonial contraption called Nigeria into nation states.

It has been evidential on this forum that mere suggesting that a befitting federal government backed infrastructure such international airport or industries be cited Igbo land or south-eastern region of Nigeria has instigated the ugly moods from cream of crops of Nigeria that are not indigenes of the region. 

I could have fallen for your trepidation thinking you were feigning ignorance until I stumbled onto your post with hellish enumerated junks. Are you for real? It must be recalled that Nigerians have lived, accrued enormous properties and married beautiful ladies from neighboring countries such Benin, Ghana, Togo and Cameroon.

Yet the sheer weight of these socio-economic endeavors have not instigated the confiscation of properties or forced the citizenries of either nation to renounce that citizenship of their nations. Why would the dissolution of Nigeria into nation states instigate loss of properties, mitigate the conjugational intimacy between man and woman of these countries and abolish free movement of the people?

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the northerners are always united.I dont know about d yorubers but we Igbos fear our own brothers,its lyk we are our own enermies and it is quit unfortunate.

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Why can't I quote a factual article on Wikipedia?

I don't see how that detracts from the existence of the Kaduna mafia.

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Beaf, please stop using wikipedia as a reference, it reduces the credibility of your position.

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^

There are progressives in the North, but historically the Balarabe Musa's have always lost out to the Ciroma's and Rilwan Lukman's; so I'm far from from paranoid.

When I say "North", I do it with good reason. There has always been a Sokoto caliphate and (a now weakened) kaduna mafia that has controlled the affairs and voice of the North.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaduna_Mafia

http://www.newswatchngr.com/editorial/allaccess/special/10319082507.htm

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You are the one that need to reread my post. The masses as itemized by me, are interested in maintaining the status quo, in terms of not breaking up the country. In that regard, they have the same interest as those you mentioned.

You sound paranoid. You keep referring to this mysterious North as if there are no progressives among their ranks. Every group has a major role to play in the progress of Nigeria.

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You have quoted me out of context. The masses are not the ones who are interested in maintaining the status quo.

Those who are interested in keeping things as they are, are the very people who have imprisoned the masses and they are the very people I mentioned. They are Nigeria's powerbrokers:

    * The military

    * Owners of oil blocks and bunkerers

    * Refined fuel importers

    * Leaders of various ethnic groups and regions

Let us see reality for what it is, there is strict quota system in education (several well qualified applicants have been denied places just to keep a balance); but, somehow the military school in Zaria escapes it?

About Southerners controlling the financial institutions, I remember the times I had a couple of reasons to be at the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting company (then in Lagos); it was like a visit to Kano.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, everyone can see these things.

I will emphasise it, one of our most serious problems is the composition of the military and it is becoming a more urgent issue with each passing year.

The gap in education is also the most likely reason the North would rather maintain a stranglehold on the composition of the army. The issue of education in the North is one I have always held should be raised as a national crisis, because of the immense segregation, quality of life, developmental and security issues it poses. The educational gap is naturally, a source of lack of self assurance in a non-militaristic setting. But, clinging to the military is rapidly becoming a disadvantage, especially in todays increasingly hi-tech World, the North might realise that too late and precipitate a crisis.

I am of the opinion that for Nigeria to progress, the North must drop its guard.

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I'm surprised that an enlightened person like you don't understand the power possessed by the masses. It is this mindset that your leaders who continue to despoil you,  depend on,  to perpetuate their activities. I submit to you that the millions of people whom you believe do not have the clout to move Nigeria in any direction, are the ones with the most power to indeed force the rapists out of office.  They just need leaders and people like you to come home and mobilize them.  A mass revolt in a tiny region could have the desired domino effect.  When 500,000 people decend on the national assembly in protest, causing an international problem for your leaders, you'd then find out how much clout those people have.

Forward thinking Nigerians are urging that the "Federal Character" crap should be scrapped and you are here indirectly calling federal character in the Army.  Your implied statement that the composition of the leadership in the Army is based on some Northern master plan is weak, to say the least.  The composition of the leadership in the Armed Forces is based on the availability of professionals who are qualified for the posts. For the past 30 -40 years, the vast majority of applicants to the millitary school in Zaria, and all other millitary training schools have been Northerners. This fact is more responsible for the makeup of the Armed forces than any other thing.

Using your logic, I could accuse the southerners of controling the financial institutions as part of some grand scheme. That would however ignore the fact that southerners have been sending their children to school to study those subjects at a higher rate than northerners. Ironically, it is now taking a northerner to clean up the rot left by the bank chiefs of the past.

Should we now restructure the transportation industry for example, because they are dominated by southerners?

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Where is the logic when your best is not good enough? Juxtapose that against the bright and docile guys on your side.

The moment they get there na to chop.

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see logic abeg!!

So all these mediocre vs the best and bright of the south are still making decisions on who keeps what, how come??

who is REALLY bright then?

paranoia no go kill some people!

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I have not been a member of this board long enough to know where everyone comes from - not that it should matter anyway. Willy willy's writing , even as he has not stated it himself , made me assume he is Igbo. Hence my interest to show him that , like everyone else , the Igbos have good and bad amongst them.

I have no time for bigotry, ignorance , and hatred that makes folks stereotype an entire group of people. If assuming someone's region of origin wrongly means I hate the Igbos please feel free to come to that conclusion. By the way , nothing I have written actually confirms that I am not Igbo. So , in essence, you too are assuming I am Yoruba just as I thought Wily wily was Igbo!!!! I can now accuse you too of hating the Yorubas using the premises you predicate your judgement on. If I hate the Igbos , or anyone else for that matter , I would be busy peddling ridiculous and offensive stereotype all across Nairaland as others do incessantly .

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You speak as if every Igbo is noble and all Yorubas are treacherous? Does that make sense to you at all? If I were you I would worry about the "saboteurs" in your ranks first. Iwu , Ogbulafor and their ilk , if the cash is right , will be as dangerous to Igbo interest as any Yoruba "saboteur".

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No Tribe in the south is Scared of the Dirty Stinking Fulani/Hausa North, collectively we can get rid of them.

But we are Scared of the mighty Saboteur Yorubas in our midst.

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Please enough of this word "South" or "Southern Solidarity". Where was this southern brotherhood in 1967? Oh no, you were busy allying with the same north with all sorts of evil schemes like starvation of women and children of your fellow so-called southerners. It seems it is south when its convinient, when its time to work and not time to eat. South my foot.

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Eh, there is a small flaw in your analysis. Everyone knows that it was Obasanjo through pdp mechanisms (lead by Bode George), who "imposed" Yar'Adua on the country while the same Ribadu and El-Rufai, whom you claim are presidential material, were available and ready to serve.  Additionally, it was Maurice Iwu, who perfected the rigging of the last presidential election.  If we are to accept your analysis, we'd have to also accept that Obasanjo is a Northerner, Bode George an indigene of Kano, while Iwu is from Maiduguri.

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I don't think the South is afraid of the North at all. On the contrary, the North is afraid that it cannot compete with the South if things are done by merit. The only way the North believes it can compete well is if it has a hold on power and is in a position to decide who keeps what.

Another problem is that while other ethnic regions try to project their brighest and best, the North tries to project its mediocre people so long as those people can protect the Northern interest. Imagine the North choosing Tafawa Balewa and Shagari (non-graduates and docile men) to compete with Zik and Awo at a time there were very intelligent and visionary men in the North? Who knew that there were young men of action and vision in the North like el-Rufai and Ribadu if not that Obasanjo brought them out? And look at how sharp and decisive Sanusi is today? But all these men will be available and still the North will bring out one docile person as president because he is more likely to maintain the status quo rather than moving Nigeria forward. That is what the South finds so annoying. I don't care who rules this nation so far as there is electricity, good roads, health care, education etc. Fashola is doing well in Lagos - who cares whether he is Yoruba or Ijaw or Nupe? Marwa did well in Lagos - who cared if he was from Adamawa or Anambra?

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Is it OK to only speak on what one knows?

I respect all these other groups, but I do not know much about them; therefore it would be unfair and unpleasant for me to say much about them.

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@Poster, you happen to be one of the many on here who blame "ALMIGHTY NORTH" for most of the woes in your area. Why don't you answer the question for us?

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