Friday, March 31

It’s Not True That Igbos Don’t Love Themselves

By Agunze Azuka Onwuka 

Bola Tinubu brought Yemi Osinbajo, Babatunde Fashola, Rauf Aregbesola and even Kayode Fayemi to political limelight. They have seen  him as their leader.

Yet, after Tinubu officially indicated interest in the presidency – an ambition he has nursed for a long time – Osinbajo and Fayemi did not defer to him as their political godfather and leader in the Southwest. They still threw their hat in the ring to contest the APC presidential ticket.

But it has not been used to wax a song that Yorubas don’t love one another and cannot speak with one voice. It has been treated as it should be: a simple case of politics where individuals have the right to pursue their dreams within the confines of the law. 

Imagine if Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu or Alex Ekwueme were contesting and his two political sons are contesting in the same party with him against people from other ethnic groups. The sound of the music from the song waxed over it would have burst millions of eardrums. 

Just because Jim Nwobodo (a former NPP man) contested against Alex Ekwueme (a former NPN man) at the PDP primaries of 1999 and got about 50 votes, the music waxed with it about Igbos is still topping the charts 23 years after! 

Nigerians are interesting people who love narratives that make them feel good! But they don’t usually accept that.

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