Former Aide to Ex-President Jonathan, and best selling author, Reno Omokri has called on Igbo leaders to borrow a leaf from what played out between the Yoruba and Nothern Elders.
Omokri noted that it was the noisy reactions from the Northern leaders that instigated a meeting between the Miyetti Allah and South-West governors.
His statement which he posted on his Facebook page is coming on the backdrop of an Igbo Kano-based businessman whose business was destroyed by sharia police, known as Hisbah. Apparently, when the incident happened, no Igbo leader condemned or questioned why such treatment should be meted out to the businessman.
The writer argued that it was as a result of Igbo leaders’ concern for individual interest, that made power keep rotating between the North and the South-West.
Recall that a popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho had given a 7-day ultimatum to Fulanis living at Igagan and after the expiration of the ultimatum, Igboho and his followers made good on his threat to expel the Fulanis.
The incident generated a lot of heated exchange of words between the Northern leaders and the Yoruba leaders.
Omokri said, “The Igbo are all too often unwilling to surrender individual interests for group interests, and this inability dissipates their political and economic influence. And until they learn to work with their brother, even if they do not like him, they will continue to serve others who have that ability.”
His full Facebook post reads;
“Dear Igbo Leaders,
Do you see how Northern leaders made serious noise for herdsmen, and how their noise instigated a meeting between Southwest Governors and Miyetti Allah?
That is how you should have shouted when Kano Hisbah destroyed Igbo people’s hotels on the excuse that they sold alcohol. People can only do to you what you tolerate.
The Yoruba and the North are more united under a central leadership than the Igbo. And that is why power shifts between the North and the Southwest like a relay race. The Igbo man is probably the most intelligent Black African. Check out WAEC/NECO results. The top states are always either Anambra or Imo. But he is lacking in centralised leadership. An Anambra man named Ebele may refuse to work with an Imo man named Ebere. The Igbo are all too often unwilling to surrender individual interests for group interests, and this inability dissipates their political and economic influence. And until they learn to work with their brother, even if they do not like him, they will continue to serve others who have that ability.”
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