Igbo People are Joking with Lagos and Abuja

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Onye, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

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    I do not know of any prospering nation today whose most comfortable and most wealthy citizens, in a time of no war, genocide, or great suffering, are almost all completely based outside of their native lands like that of the Igbo.
    A simple observation of Nigeria reveals that the majority of the wealth in Nigeria are based in two cities, Lagos and Abuja, with Kano, Port Harcourt and even Ibadan being secondary cities. Yet, the Igbo are some of the most 'comfortable' people in Nigeria but they have absolutely nothing to show for it, but what does that actually mean? In Igbo culture, if a man in particular does not secure a homestead in their fathers land, they may as well be homeless according to Igbo society, this is why despite the fact that thousands of mansions are built in Igboland every year, they are left empty most of the time, because these builders either live abroad or in Lagos or Abuja. Despite building mansions, in a wider sense of the general economy of their homelands, the Igbo people have not secured their homesteads because the mansion building is but superficial, the bulk of their wealth is tied up in places outside of Igboland, particularly the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos.

    This last month and a few days alone we've seen some humiliations which may very easily pass by the very unaware Igbo populace, one of them being the destruction of Igbo businesses in Lagos, the threatening of the Igbo dominated technology district Computer Village in Lagos, and the visit of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, these three points are connected. The Igbo have not planted their seeds wisely and they have gone with an approach where in there is a free space then they will fill it even in places that have proven to be hostile in the past. There is no special advantage to being based in Lagos apart from the port, but there are two ports in the east at least, one in Port Harcourt and a fairly active one at Onne that is under the monopoly of Atiku's Intels port company which had been suspended for raising tariffs but is back in control of the port, despite this opportunity to take back this port, the very important technology sector which would have served the 'eastern' economy has been taken elsewhere and they cannot even reach their full potential because the people who run Lagos ports are vultures, and their businesses are regularly threatened for shut down by that states government. An opportunity like Mark Zuckerberg visiting Nigeria would have been golden had the Igbo people moved their computer village to a place like Nnewi or adjacent to it or Aba and had petitioned for state government support while adding to the IGR, and the reputation of the east as an African technology hub, even if it's at an infant reverse-engineering stage, would have surely drawn the attention of Mark and even lead to some sort of support or sponsorship. Lagos will not do this for the computer village, but perhaps an Anambra government or Abia government may have. This is a clear case of a leader-less and visionless people in this day and age.

    I don't know what Igbo politicians do in Abuja, it seems they are content with hand outs or whatever, if there were real Igbo leaders there would have been clear cut goals and an agenda highlighting the key infrastructural and social changes needed to make Igboland work for a middle class population that have all grounded themselves in Abuja, Lagos or abroad. The other two main regions can hypothetically still function as is without the rest of Nigeria because of Lagos, and the north is definitely not letting go of Abuja, despite the fact that Igbo people brag about developing these places while their homes are decaying, but the east is virtually land locked because of the lack of a reliable port and there is no city that can match the middle-class ease and commercial viability of Lagos or Abuja, Port Harcourt comes close but it is not connected internationally like those two, international flights still touch down at Lagos first before Port Harcourt and this is simply because the latter is not patronised enough to make direct flights viable which means the east is the only main segment that cannot be directly reached from Asia, Europe and America wether by air or by sea.

    We have heard murmurs of people telling the 'comfortable' Igbo to come back home, but talking is all that's down. In the east to go to Lagos is seen as a sure sign of success and people arrive in the city only to start hawking if they even find a job at all. Why travel all the way to Lagos to hawk? The idea that Igbo people have too much competition in the east is pointless whether it's true or not because Igbo people who travel to western and northern markets also venture into the territory of other Igbo traders. It isn't competition that's the problem, it's the lack of consumers which have been moving away since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war and the mass neglect of Igboland.
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  2. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Our people should understand one or two things about Nigeria and learn to play their cards closer to their chest.
    The most secured wealth you have is the one at your home.
    The topic and content is very much on point.
  3. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

  4. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    I saw this yesterday, still on shock at this moment.
    So jobless northern youths are now blackmailing us? When are we going to learn our lesson???
  5. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    El Rufai has ordered for arrests, but what really can be done when we know the history of the north when it comes to ethnic cleansing. I can never use my two legs to go to the north outside of Abuja even before this declaration, and Abuja is even briefly, I don't know how Igbo people can still live there when there are markets all over Africa they can move to with safer climates and even bigger markets, especially central Africa.
  6. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    That ultimatum was a very big insult to Igbo as a whole, I find it irksome that Hausa of all people should be threatening Igbos to go home. Of course it's a cheap blackmail but you can see the amount of tension it has raised, why not? Millions of our people are in the north eating cheap beans. :(

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