Reno Omokri: Why Ndigbo Should Stop Viewing Yoruba’s As Cowards

Reno Omokri

An aide to the former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri yesterday, called on Ndi-Igbo (South-East) to stop seeing Yoruba’s as their enemy and cowards, following the celebration of Biafra@50 and the remembrance of Biafra fallen heroes and heroines.

It will be recalled that there is a statement by the Igbos that Yoruba’s are coward who allowed Hausa/Fulani’s to use them as tools against other ethnics in Nigeria.

Countering the statement in a facebook post, Omokri, a native of Yoruba, stated some facts why people should stop viewing them as cowards, revealing that in the history of Nigeria, only two men (from Yoruba land, South West) have returned to Nigeria to face almost certain death even when they had the option of a very comfortable political asylum abroad.

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He said; Why do Ndi’Igbo still believe the false stereotype that the omo Oduduwa (Yoruba) are cowards? In the history of Nigeria, only two men have returned to Nigeria to face almost certain death even when they had the option of a very comfortable political asylum abroad. Both of them are Yoruba.

In 1985, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida toppled the Buhari regime while Major General Tunde Idiagbon (mixed Yoruba/Fulani) was at Mecca yet Idiagbon returned. In 1995, Olusegun Obasanjo (pure Owu Yoruba) was accused of planning a coup by the blood thirsty tyrant, Abacha (if you don’t like the truthful description of Abacha you can go and join him where he is) while he was away in Copenhagen. He returned to face almost certain death. I admired Ojukwu, but I was disappointed that he fled.

I wish he remained. I also admired Azikiwe, but Awolowo would NEVER abandon his people as Azikiwe did when he defected to the federal side during the civil war. Awolowo was in prison because of his people and he could have been released had he compromised his beliefs but he stoutly refused. That is courage not cowardice. I have been in direct communication with Gowon whom I admire but he did not return after he was accused of being behind the Dimka coup.

Obasanjo and Idiagbon are probably the bravest Nigerians ever. They are certainly braver than Murtala Mohammed who was safely in London waiting for Joseph Garba and co to topple Gowon. The stereotype of Yorubas as cowards is false. Every ethnicity has cowards and brave men.

As we celebrate #BiafraAt50, I hope the Yoruba and Igbo can find common ground and unite as Southern Nigeria’s two main ethnic nationalities otherwise the South will continue to be politically disadvantaged even when it is the most educationally advantaged part of Nigeria.


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