- Post 10 March 2006
- Last Updated on 23 April 2008
- By Michael Femi Ewetuga
I was born during the civil war and so did not see the war because it ended when I was 3 years old; too young to appreciate anything that went down but wise enough to wish for war in any form.
My dad had a barbing salon on Lewis Street “EWETUGA BARBING SALON” and a certain Ibo man, Sunday was the foreman (or supervisor if you wish). There were other barbers there who were Yorubas and who were as good as Sunday if not better, especially Jimoh, who was somewhere from Oyo State, a Yoruba man complete with tribal marks. Sunday was foreman (supervisor) because not only was he the most senior barber then, he was also good. He was a very good man and we all liked him and fondly called him “broda Sunday” (brother Sunday in accordance with the Yoruba traditional way of respecting their elders by not calling them by name)
There’s this place on Lagos Island called Salu Court. Right in front of the mosque were these Ibo family, we grew up with these guys and went to university with them, there was never a time that they were treated like “foreigners” because they were not and nobody killed them over some stupid cartoon or any reason whatsoever.
When I was in EDUCATIONAL PROMOTERS at Akoka, one of my best friends was Emeka. He was staying at NNPC estate at Isolo. His dad would take us all regardless of ethnicity to school. Nobody thought of anyone being anything but brothers. My friend Amechi who works with vanguard still sends my kids pictures to me till tomorrow as we say. His sister is married to a Yoruba man and they have been together for years. Ndubuizi and his brother who is a pharmacist are guys that, if I were to travel to Nigeria today, will visit first. The pharmacist wife, who is also Ibo as well as Amechi’s sister (Gbolahan’s wife) are very good friends of my babies’ mama who is from Delta. Ndubuizi, the pharmacist, Christian, Amechi and Gbolahan, Amechi’s in-law are the first people that would be called if anything were to happen to my kids.
There are some part of Lagos where you would be a minority if you were Yoruba. Places such as Alaba, Ladipo, Okota, Ajegunle will easily qualify. These are places where Ibos are resident and are dominant. There was an Ibo local government chairman in one of these places. If someone would investigate it there might still be one. If the Yorubas are not accommodating there’s no way the Ibos would get to be that many as to control a particular area. In Lagos, it is not just the Ibos it is like that with all tribes in Nigeria who choose to make Lagos their homes and it is not just Lagos but all over the old western region.
I can’t say the Ibos hate the yorubas because they don’t. All my friends that I mentioned earlier are friends that I can trust with my life and those of my children. However, there are some individuals on this site who do nothing but preach hatred against the Yoruba race. These people would use any excuse to take a jab at the Yorubas. The Hausas killed the Ibos over some cartoon and some fool came here and accused the Yorubas of turning the Hausas against the Ibos, tell me in all honesty if such an individual should not be confined to a mental home. Another one came here telling a stupid story of a Yoruba man who wished for the Ibo man to be tied to his back when he was to be flogged. Rufus wrote his piece about the plight of the Ibos in Nigeria and from his story he did not tell of where the Yorubas committed an act of genocide against the Ibos. If there are quarrels between the Ibos and the Yorubas, they will fight like everyone does and move on. Instead of “ these” Ibos to fight those killing them they would rather call the Yorubas cowards. I belief it is an act of cowardice to free your killers of any blame and blame people who have shown them nothing but love.
Unless provoked, I have not seen, and if it exists it would be an isolated case, where a Yoruba man would write and debase the Ibos heritage or call the Ibos leaders names. The Yorubas are well tutored in the practice of respecting one’s elders. These Ibos will rubbish the memories of Awolowo as if he was a nobody.
A careful look at the background of these Ibos, I am sure, would reveal that they are nonentities, people who are uncouth, and totally without home training as we say.
These are people, who lay claim to being intellectuals, reason like imbeciles; I cannot detect any intelligent reasoning in their outrage against a race that is accommodating to them. They think of nothing but war and they are bent on preaching nothing but hatred.
In as much as I will not preach coming down to your level (which I will not hesitate to do if it comes to that) I will preach henceforth against allowing your comments to go unchallenged.
By “these Ibos” I mean the nuisances that come on here and insult the Yoruba race without justification or provocation. To my Ibo brothers who preach peace, harmony and the right of people to live decently in that hell called Nigeria, I have nothing but love for you and together, one day, with hard work and resilience and steadfastness we will wrestle that country from those baboons no matter who they are or where they come from. To those without decorum, people without enviable background, the educated illiterates, intellectual bankrupt individuals, haters and preachers of war and bloodshed I have nothing but harsh words for you and I wish you nothing but what you wish yourself, destruction.