Latest Facebook update by Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce from Bayelsa State which stated that South Eastern States which consists mainly of Ndigbo lagged in education and poor child school enrollment 20 years ago has been rebutted by an Igbo daughter - Ifeyinwa China Onyeabo. Below is the Ben Bruce's update - Below is the rebuttal from Mrs Ifeyinwa China Onyeabo - With due respect, I disagree with Ben Murray Bruce. The igbo have never lagged behind In Education. The igbo celebrating this update by Mr..Common sense should come and explain to me what they are celebrating please. The Igbo culture emphasis individualism and competitiveness and this gave the igbo an edge over the Hausa/Fulani man who was hindered by a "wary religion” and the Yoruba man who was hampered by” traditional hierarchies. (I borrowed the words In inverted commas). It is on record that the Igbo overcame the earlier Yoruba advantage within two decades earlier in the twentieth century. We must however recognise the fact that the Yoruba had a huge historical and geographical head start BUT the Igbo wiped out their handicap in one fantastic burst of energy in the twenty years between 1930 and 1950. The earlier advantage of the Yoruba was contingent on their location on the coastline, but once the missionaries crossed the Niger, the Igbo took advantage of the opportunity and overtook the Yoruba. The increase was so exponential in such a short time that within three short decades the Igbos had closed the gap and quickly moved ahead as the group with the highest literacy rate, the highest standard of living, and the greatest of citizens with post secondary education in Nigeria. The failure to celebrate and copy this example is the bane of Nigerian development. Nowadays, you see people still being pampered to go to school under the shameful description of educationally less developed attributing expo to brilliant kids. Check out the names of Igbo army officers after independence and where they got their training. A handful went through Sandhurst. I do not want to digress. Ben Bruce failed to make common sense here. Perhaps only in the area where he admonished the government and other regions to copy the Igbo example and to some extent, the hitherto poor boy child school enrollment. Senator Ben should quietly delete that update please or edit it properly to reflect the true situation. He has large number of followers so he should be careful while writing things like this. Credits to Ifeyinwa China Onyeabo.