The Igbo, what is this confusion?
By Dr. Ugo Egbujo.
You control the biggest markets in Africa.
Alaba and Aspamda. Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi.
You own commerce on the African West Coast.
You own a sizable chunk of Lagos’ prized real estate.
You dominate Abuja’s coveted property market.
You own lush estates in Kano.
In every state in the federation, outside your home territory, you are only second to the locals in influence.
Social injustices and poverty in Nigeria might have retarded you, but you are years ahead of most of the other ethnic groups.
You have skilled manpower. You have cash.
Let me concede that Nigeria is badly run,
But you have the most developed villages.
And perhaps, the highest per capita income in the badly run system.
You were neglected, but you have prospered
You have one of the best literacy levels in Africa
You are the only group in Nigeria that has more wealth in other parts of Nigeria than home territory.
You are more entrenched in Nigeria than anyone else
You have arguably the most enterprising diaspora population of any ethnic group in the entire continent
Yet you are the most aggrieved
You have by your industry laid yourself like mat over the space called Nigeria.
Yet it’s you who crave self determination.
Take a look at your civil war scars.
Those who own the oil and live more wretchedly do not seek war half as much as you want it.
A wise hen with many chicks dread the whirlwind.
But you are here championing confusion.
You used to be shrewd.
* The title of this write-up was modified to suit the interest of our readers.*