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Friday, March 8, 2019

"YORUBA AND IGBO-PHOBIA" ~ GENEVIEVE NNAJI WRITES


The Igbos have never been the problem with Nigeria or wherever they find themselves.

This is not ethnic jingoism or bigotry.

The Igbos will never foment troubles where they are because they know that "Isi Kote Ebu, Ogbaa Ya" They also know deep in their hearts that "Ife Onye Metalu, Obulu."

The Igbos will never kill others to live because they believe that "Ndu bu Isi" Yes, murder or "Igbu Ochu" is one of the most
despicable crimes amongst the Igbos.

The Igbos believe that once you are alive, there is always a way left to succeed.

The "Igba Mbo" is perhaps the best gift of the Igbo man.

Yes, the Igbos struggle to make it in life.

They are industrious, assiduous & sedulous.

The Igbos also believe in helping one
another. That's why you hear "Onye Aghana Nwanne Ya."

There is also no lateness in making it in life amongst the Igbos because "Ebe Onye Oso Ruru, Onye Ije Geru" and Uwa Mgbede
Ka Mma".

Igbo businessmen are scattered all over the world.

Wherever they are, they make their homes, building houses & gentrifying districts.

For most lgbos, "Ala bu Otu." Igbos are
liberal, accommodating & very friendly to foreigners.

This is because they are themselves scattered all over the world as
immigrants.

Na Lagos, Ndi Igbo n'agba oso ahia, Igbo na-ere gala na go slow, Igbo na-aru conductor, umu Igbo bu importers buru manufacturers, Igbo no into clearing and forwarding, Igbo na-esi nri, umunna na-ere motor parts, Igbo na-aru police na oru aka.

Ndi Igbo adiro selective with jobs maka na onye ruo, orie.

But the Igbos will never take your lands or countries from you.

The Igbo man thinks about his native home.

Yes, you will never provide him with "akpu", bitter leaves soup, palm wine, isi ewu & other scrumptious dishes he misses at Igbo land.

While living in your country or State, never you imagine the Igbo is not thinking about his village.

My friend, he does that everyday.

Where ever the Igbos ubicate, their hearts are not far from their native homes.

Stop killing the Igbos.

They will only make their money & go
back to their land.

And they know how to make legitimate
money.

Yes, where you see nothing, the Igbos with their gimlet eyes see "Ego."

So when next you meet an Igbo man, ask him "Nna, how far?"

If you are lucky & he had done a successful business deal, he might just take you out for lunch. Yes, the Igbos like sharing.

On the other hand, if business is low, he will tell you the normal clich├ęs... "Obodo bu Igwe" or Ife a an-eme Adiro Easy" or
"Ogbogu di tight."

Look at his face closely as he laments.

You will see no signs of defeatism. 

Mind you, he might just be carrying 1Million naira in his pockets.

Just that the money had already been budgeted for... "Sontin...es!!!"

Daalu.

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