The Article Every Nigerian From The South NEEDS To READ (CLICK)

The Article Every Nigerian From The South NEEDS To READ (CLICK)

By Bayo Adeyinka | Op-Ed Contributor on September 2, 2015
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Nigeria's former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Bayo Adeyinka explores the difference between the politics of Nigeria in the South and that of those in the North. He concludes that Nigerians from the South tend to be atomistic while those from the North are protective of one another. 

I am writing this post with a lot of caution and trepidation. I have never subscribed to ethnic chauvinism and I actually detest being labelled as a tribal bigot. I am usually very careful because I have friends and colleagues from every part of the nation and some of my best friends are not even from my side of the country.

However, recent events are making me to have a deeper reflection and I wish we- Southerners in this instance- can have some kind of introspection. Out of 25 appointments made so far, 18 are from the North, 3 are from the South West, 4 are from the South South while the South East has ZERO appointments. A tweet which I saw today stated that “southerners are only competent when it’s time for elections but northerners are competent in terms of governance” and this made the following thoughts run through my mind:

1. Only Southerners have been accusing fellow Southerners of corruption. Oshiomole has been attacking Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as if Ngozi turned down his marriage proposal. The same Oshiomole tried to make nonsense of Akinwumi Adeshina’s successes in the agriculture sector. Ambode tried to pull Fashola down and successfully smeared him with stains. Maybe that’s why Fashola did not get the Chief of Staff role. I’m yet to see a Northerner accuse another Northerner of corruption, even when they belong to different parties. The closest a Northerner got was when the new Kano State Governor attacked Rabiu Kwankaso but he quickly sheathed his sword and even disowned previous reports of attacks. Why are we like this?

2. Are Southerners the only ones who are corrupt? Were there no northerner heading the ministries and parastatals? Did the outgone Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko not have an alleged case of certificate forgery but he still served out his tenure until he resigned voluntarily? I’m not in support of corruption under any guise but the fight against corruption must not be seen to be sectional.

3. How come it’s easier for the President to believe that Sanni Abacha was not corrupt in spite of recovered loot while it is so easy for him to believe Goodluck Jonathan is irredeemably corrupt?

4. I still remember that aside from God, Tinubu made Tambuwal what he is today. The same Tambuwal would later call Femi Gbajabiamila ‘incompetent’ and rated Dogara as more competent. The same Tambuwal was propped up by Tinubu, a Southerner against a fellow Southerner, Mulikat Akande. Obasanjo was very key to denying Goodluck Jonathan a second term. A good number can still recall how OBJ tore his PDP membership card in public glare. The Northerners find it easy to support themselves but we are always pulling ourselves down. Babangida Aliyu, Sule Lamido and all the other Northern Governors including the former PDP Chairman Adamu Muazu often times refused to campaign for Goodluck Jonathan openly and many times even espoused the virtues of the opposing candidate on the rostrum!

5. Southern leaders and Presidents pull down Southern business men but prop up Northern ones. How many people still remember how Obasanjo ran Mike Adenuga out of town but both Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan made Aliko Dangote what he is today. No northern leader goes against their own. I dare to put it on record that President Buhari will never go against Aliko Dangote for any reason.

6. How come OBJ pardoned Salisu Buhari, the ex-Speaker who forged his credentials and he later was given an appointment as a Governing Council member of a University and heavens did not fall- but when Goodluck Jonathan pardoned Alamieyeseigha it became one of the major issues counted against him? Is there one rule for some and another rule for others?

7. We find it easy to raise our voices in support of the deportation of Buruji Kashamu but have no qualms with Atiku Abubakar strutting around the corridors of power.

8. Only Southerners find it so easy to abuse their elders when they voice opinions not in tandem with the popular opinion. We find it easy to diss Afenifere elders and call them ‘Afenifebi’ while hurling expletives and curses at them. We even abuse our kings and priests. Northerners will never abuse an Emir no matter how unpopular what he said is. Can you imagine any Northerner raising his voice against the Sultan? In spite of Tanko Yakassai, Balarabe Musa and Dangiwa Umar’s perceived support for Jonathan, northern youths did not abuse them. But our own youths run down our elders on social media while our educated elite also support the act.

These are some of the thoughts that have been running through my mind. I don’t pretend to have all the answers and I do this at the risk of being labelled an ethnic bigot. The point however is that Southerners have to get their acts right. We have to put our house in order. The bickering must stop. Let’s engage our emotional intelligence. Let’s not allow others to exploit our tendency to self-destruct.

Bayo Adeyinka is a journalist. This article was originally published on his blog, Bayo Adeyinka. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. 

43 COMMENTS

  1. Why won’t it be easier for the elder’s to be abouse by their own children and follower’s?It’s is because some of them could not put their own house order.Talk less of their own conmunity.What would you expect from a child(follower)who has not being giveing his right to speak,in his or her own community,and being opposed by his own elder’s.Because they have spocken.

  2. Well my brother you have said it all. My only addition is the Southern elites, leaders of all shade must come together and confront themselves with this truth and come out with sworn solution(s). For how long shall we continue in this self inflicted slavery?. I may be wrong but apart from Dame Odumeku Ojukwu, let someone show me any foresighted Sourtherner leader. Don’t we think ENOUGH IS ENOUGH for this nonsense? Must our children and children’s children suffer this slavery? Let’s think.

  3. Well is a pity u torched were the things go wrong, look at oshomole well I still stand that penial code and criminal code be looked into a northerner will carry data and even dem gun round every where police will not stop him ,but a southerner with daga police will shout dengerous weapon are not one Nigeria. Pls something must be done

    • While acknowledging the right of every person to expression of his opinion in a democracy .It’s important to do so with a certain degree of decorum and truth. Even though the subject matter of discussion by the author was a subjective one the apparent lies are obvious and abuse the sensibilities of all that care to verify. Let me just take items number onetto four. To say no governor in the northern part of Nigeria has accused the out going ones can’t be true. Governor Masari of Katsina State has been all over the place accusing Shema ofstealing efcc and icpc are all over the state. Niger state g,plateau stateAnderson kaduna states have all followed suit. On the second issue the former NSA has already been taken to court and the CG immigration from plateau has beensuspended and being investigated. Did PMB or the North stopped GEJ from investigating Abacha?Didn’true obasanjo investigate the Abachas and heaven didn’t fall?.
      The issues before us is the issues of corruption and it wasn’t limited to the south eastOr south south but generally all over the county and it will be in the best interest of the wholecountry that the menacy is tackled.

    • Yorubas should learn their lessons-the likes of Tinubu. They do this every season. I know Tinubu and OBJ must have learnt their lessons now. ABOKIS are wiser whether we like it or not.

  4. please emphasis on the south west. Remove the south East from this. The South West Betrayed the south. At a time, one of your Obas threatened to throw a particular tribe to the lagoon should they fail to vote the present government in. The south Eastern part of this country has known and tested maginalisation and betrayals, from the north and the fellow southern parts so that it has grown a tough resistance skin against the marginalisation. The people there are self made strugglers who care less about your governance and government. Therefore let the south west not seek for cheap sympathy. Every section is on her own. Let the Hausa Fulanis rule, afterall they have been ruling since Nigeria came to be..

  5. please emphasis on the south west. Remove the south East from this. The South West Betrayed the south. At a time, one of your Obas threatened to throw a particular tribe to the lagoon should they fail to vote the present government in. The south Eastern part of this country has known and tested maginalisation and betrayals, from the north and the fellow southern parts so that it has grown a tough resistance skin against the marginalisation. The people there are self made strugglers who care less about your governance and government. Therefore let the south west not seek for cheap sympathy. Every section is on her own. Let the Hausa Fulanis rule, afterall they have been ruling since Nigeria came to be..

  6. please emphasis on the south west. Remove the south East from this. The South West Betrayed the south. At a time, one of your Obas threatened to throw a particular tribe to the lagoon should they fail to vote the present government in. The south Eastern part of this country has known and tested maginalisation and betrayals, from the north and the fellow southern parts so that it has grown a tough resistance skin against the marginalisation. The people there are self made strugglers who care less about your governance and government. Therefore let the south west not seek for cheap sympathy. Every section is on her own. Let the Hausa Fulanis rule, afterall they have been ruling since Nigeria came to be..

  7. The distrust snd disunity in the south predates Nigeria’s independence.The seed of discord sowed by the personality clash of Awolowo and Azikiwe still lives with the Yoruba’s and the Igbos. The minority ethnic nationalities are simply interested in benefiting from the Yoruba – Igbo dichotomy and not the interest of the south talkless of Nigeria. Hence there have never been a south from the beginning while the north has always been strongly united politically.
    The solution is for the Yoruba and Igbo to stop antagonising each other, stop passing negative history of each other to our children and young ones. This would take may be 25 to 50 years to bring the desire unity in the south which is also important for Nigeria’s survival as country if only we can start now.

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  8. Thank s for your constructive submission. i respect your views, but you should also understand that this hatred among the southerners did not start today. It was the southerners who betrayed their fellow southerners during the Nigeria civil war to give victory to the north. As at date ,some properties belonging to a section of the south is still seized by another south as a result of the civil war. So u can see that the southern problem is complicated and can only be solved by revisiting and correcting this malice

  9. Now a Yoruba man is remembering the word SOUTH. Before now IBOs were called selfish tribe while Yoruba more enlightened in politics. The Ibos supported GEJ till end of election but their brothers(the south west) pulled GEJdown. This thing from history happened during the Biafra war. If the war ended well all this would not have happened. Well!! we will always be learning even when we claim more enlightened yet the so called MUGUS keep using us

  10. Am ashamed of dis part of d country am from. We dont always support ourselves here even to help our fellow broda is a big problem in d south. A Northerner will always want his broda to be in d same office wit him but here is a different ball game entirely. Why cant we change our perception towards each other. Oshiomohle, dont worry ur time ll soon come. Lets support ourselves, i pray God to help us!

  11. You have spoken like someone who has tasted the good and the bad side of Nigeria and has now woken up from a bad dream only to realize it wasn’t a dream, but harsh reality. Two things I can say – Nigerians’ Colonial mentality coupled with their own jihadists agenda is what gives the core north leaders that sense of entitlement, which in turn commands faithful follower-ship from their masses who believe in their Muslim brotherhood (mind you, they don’t vouch for the SW version). The middle belt states are rapidly getting out of it – part of the reasons we’re being persecuted. The rest of the country should follow suit. But like I said the colonial mentality of divide and rule has worked in favour of the core north for so long. They have nothing to offer but slavery and degradation. Your vote is your power. Pls let’s bear that in mind when next someone stands for elections against a core northerner. Remember your history, Christians massively voted for Abiola (a Muslim), especially we the middle belters, because we didn’t want a core northerner, Tofa. Label me whatever you like, but we are not here to serve one tribe or section of the country. I will shout it from the rooftop, any Nigerian can aspire to rule this country, enough of the mudslinging. Let the leadership go round, if it is out of the core north for like 50 years, it will break the jinx. (Though the Fulanis say their memories go back a hundred years). Nigerians let’s wake up, it’s morning!

  12. My dear friend ur analogy is good but the south of Nigeria will never come together not in this life again the south West out of greed & poor judgment they drag the whole of southern Nigeria back to 1967_70 era now u r preaching revival too late son u got what u Want change isn’t from clueless to sectionist from inclusion to exclusion from a national leader to tribal leader from a secular non religious leader to a fanatic this is just the beginning it will take 16 to 24yrs for a southerner to smell aso rock again do not say I told u but u will witness it in ur life time thk u.

  13. the fundamental problem in d south is,they live by passed history,they allow the future to be affected by the passed of life,untill they left behind the passed and remove their mind over everything from the passed than,start to unite theyself and look upon the future,north will always used the passed of the south to put confusion in their mix so that they will always be in control, they fool the south with their passed among theirself,without some parth of the south the north can not be in control, so they will always used the south to achieve their popuse in the country, that is why them called themself, them are born to rule bcs the south will always live in the passed,it is high time the fools regain himself from his sleeping place and kw himself that we are one in south

  14. God bless your thoughts. This piece should be circulated to meaningful youth movements in Southern Nigeria to help cultivate the much needed culture of respect and sustainability. In my opinion, this issue of ‘not preferring our own’ is not occastrated by Northerners but Nigeria’s southerners created this loop.

  15. You are very correct and am proud of you for speaking the truth in times like this where most people from the Southern part of our country are afraid to speak the truth for fear of been witch hunt by the Norther president according to my Mentor Olufemi Olu-Kayode. Like you said even the so called educated elites from the south who were not afraid to call GEJ names are now more than afraid to speak the truth. You forgot to mention how OBJ ran Ibeto cement down for Dangote to grow. Am happy Kayode, Fayose, Metu and Femi have not lost there voice to speak.

  16. I wish we all understand the depth of this Post. I must confess, this is BOLD & PATRIOTIC. I live in the NORTH and all through the campaigns and elections, I ask myself what wrong with SOUTHERNERS. MR BAYO just delivered something authentic. This post is neither tribalistic or bias. I ve quietly followed your post and found they are really objective. Thanks for sharing this TRUTH with the public. Checkout this with an southerner living in the North,make a random selection and I guarantee 90% aggrement

  17. You are very correct and am proud of you for speaking the truth in times like this where most people from the Southern part of our country are afraid to speak the truth for fear of been witch hunt by the present Norther president according to my Mentor Olufemi Olu-Kayode. Like you said even the so called educated elites from the south who were not afraid to call GEJ names are now more than afraid to speak the truth. You forgot to mention how OBJ ran Ibeto cement down for Dangote to grow. Am happy Kayode, Fayose, Metu and Femi have not lost there voice to speak.

  18. Men, this is the best of it kind.. I have said this without number, Edo youth should stone Oshomole to death. he is selling thier future. he abandoned their sisters and go import a woman, now importing party from the north to impose on them. get tid of this man from among your political elit.

  19. This is quite sad!, unfortunate!! and unacceptable!!!.
    All southerners should wake up from slumber to think of a holistic redress to this misfortune of slavery from the north.
    Enough is a enough!, lets come together and reason together!!.
    Thank u for ur patriotism!.

  20. This is not new and its cultural. The average southerner is less subservient than the northerner. It has its advantages and its obvious disadvantages. However, we need to move away from this level of discourse and focus more on building strong institutions. We need to talk less about individuals and look forward to a country where the ethnic discourse is nothing more than a footnote. While I understand the writers point if view, it will sadly not change anytime soon due to the level of literary and enlightenment in the south when compared to the north. The average educated northerner still retains the subservient DNA that has been engrained in him religious and by society.

  21. Good talk and I think its high time, we start acting and behaving as one.
    Lets start by preaching this message, individually and collectively.

  22. we must have a rethink about the way we reason,money which form part of our negative behaviour here in sourth is not everything,our heritage,generation should be preserved.

  23. My brother, there’s no doubt that yours are valid and valuable observations. However, what need to be stressed are promotion of virtues, sense of values and strong institutions. Clearly, that the north is often time myopic and parochial in their emotional attachment to lending support to one another is not enough reason for us to follow suit. We’re define by our beliefs, philosophy and values of life. Even if the current situation persists, can it be sustained? For me, the north would always be the worst for it.

  24. Pls do not distort facts by your subliminal tribalism.
    Point 4. I can agree with you on the role of Tinubu in Tambuwal’s climbing of the leadership in the lower chamber, but why didn’t you mentioned the role of Obasanjo in making Jonathan the VP in 2007? What you mentioned is only the consequence of the attempt made by Jonathan and his Ijaw leaders to pull Obasanjo down after he got the presidency. Can you tell the world that southerners were the ones that denied Buhari victory in 2003, 2007 and 2011?
    Point 5. Dangote have been successful business man even before the Abacha regime. How many people in Nigeria were aware of the existence Jonathan before he replaced DSP as governor, less talk of him making Dangote what he is today!
    Point 6 and 7. The issues of Salisu Buhari and DSP are different and these points shows how you condone corruption only because of tribalism!
    Point 8. Can you remember Atiku being stoned in Kano, can you remember what happened to many traditional leaders including Sultan in 2011 – when they have to run for shelter – less talk of several governors being stoned with pure water and eggs in their states?
    I believe you contradicted yourself after saying this “I have never subscribed to ethnic chauvinism and I actually detest being labelled as a tribal bigot.”!
    People are everyday becoming more wise!

    • In 2007, the motive wasn’t to make a Southerner Vp, but to give a Northern presidential candidate a leverarge by making his VP a sountherner!

    • -In 2007, the motive wasn’t to make a Southerner Vp, but to give a Northern presidential candidate leverage by making his VP a southerner! be guided!
      Secondly, during Abacha’s regime, Dangote was only a “successful business man” as you clearly stated, and not Africa’s richest man.

      -Lets call a spade a spade, and not a shovel, there are different levels of corruption but Corruption remain Corruption. The only thing that distinguishes the issue of Salisu Buhari and DSP is the story line!

      -I see no logic as to how Atiku and other Northern leaders being stoned contradict the writers view!

      My brother, You have only failed to understand.

  25. I do not agree with the writer that people must support themselves on ethic bias, whether for a good course or not. This is not the kind of idea that we should transfer to our children. Give what belongs to God to God. Good morals belong to God and not man. We could as well start to support armed robbers and the rest based on ethnic bias. No Way. What is wrong is wrong.

  26. I just feel like crying as I was reading through the lines. So so unfortunate that all u said are true and we are almost not going to change because we do not know what is change, order than that APC has brought. That is d only thing we know as change. We will continue to remain in political slavery until we acknowledge where to find the meaning of the word change and learn and absolve it with all sense of seriousness.

  27. Good write up…but also remember not all northerner love themselves,there are still political isolation going on there!!!..our problem here in south remains our leaders…they seem to be greedy and selfish..if they can recognize the hell we have passed through especially the south easterners,they would treat us like kings and queens….imagine the formal Governor of Abia who for eight good years did nothing to the state!who are we to blame,the north!!!do you still expect me to support such people because they are my brother??…I expect change to start with our southern leaders….God bless you….#Kingozone

  28. Our problem in d south is too much foolishness. One thing I keep asking God is to split dis country. Let d North go bcos they are slowing us down and they are cheats.

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