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I have in one of my writings told a story of what an Hausa person told an Igbo Bishop in the North couple of years ago. In conversation, the Hausa told the Bishop of his Church with due respect, “Bishop, I like your people because they are hardworking. But they have one problem. They are intelligent but not wise.”

I have in one of my writings told a story of what an Hausa person told an Igbo Bishop in the North couple of years ago. In conversation, the Hausa told the Bishop of his Church with due respect, “Bishop, I like your people because they are hardworking. But they have one problem. They are intelligent but not wise.”

The Bishop was taken aback. He did not respond to his Church member for this display of uncommon courage. But he sat back, reflected over what the Hausa man had told him. He knew what he was saying gave him food for thought.
Similarly, just few years ago, here in Owerri, an okada rider was conveying a mallam to a certain destination. The mallam misdirected the okada rider who picked minor argument with his passenger. The okada rider told the mallam, “you Hausa' behave like cows without sense.” Before he could finish his abuse, the mallam flashed back, “yes, we are cows and behave like cows but you the Igbo are the grass we eat to survive and rule you.” The okada man after hearing this, kept quiet to reflect the real meaning of what the mallam had said as they did not exchange anymore word.
The above two narrations are weighty and instructive; for those who have ears to hear, “let them hear.”
In the US, it is easier for a black man to call a fellow black man “nigga” than when a white man calls a black man nigga. When such happens, it is likely to attract a gun shot from the black.
Therefore, as an Igbo Scholar and a writer, it is safer when we tell ourselves the bitter truth, because our political and social behaviours in the Nigerian nation sometimes make many of us to be ashamed of the behaviours and utterances of some Igbo leaders particularly those who are in the main stream of functional politics. Unfortunately, we tolerate and stomach such unwarranted outburst and shameful behaviours and utterances coming from our political buckneers who call themselves “political leaders.”
To my mind, there are two behaviours and one utterance which some misguided Igbo political leaders have blundered recently.
One was when Buhari came to Imo State in 2015 for political rally in Imo State. He was cladded in Igbo Attire and given the name “Okechukwu.” Recently, when he visisted Ebonyi State, he too was cladded in Igbo regali with the same stuff with the Governor of Ebonyi State.
If we reflect over these two illustrations, we could remember how Buhari look; externally Igbo but internally a true and full blooded Caliphate. The Buhari I knew since 1984 when I worked for him in the War Against Indiscipline Programme, then he was a top Military Officer, Major General. Then he was firm and always resolute. But surprisingly, when a mallam foul of the stringent law gains trafficking on contraband stuff, he was allowed to cross the airport security with ease as generally alleged with the connivance of top leadership. Nepotism at its best!
Secondly, recently, APGA Chairman in his announcement said that APGA would not hold any Presidential candidate but would rather support Buhari, the APC Presidential candidate. What a world of Nigerian politics indeed.
Sometimes, there are certain political statements which our so called political opportunists and buccaneers make that often expose the Igbo as a bunch of people without political direction in Nigeria of all the major ethnic nationalities. One often wonders what is the real motivation which derive some of our political actors, entrepreneurs and commercial “big Whigs” to fumble and fall so low to the laughter of kids. Is it money, power or image?
When the APGA Chairman made such a statement, was he in his right thinking sense? Did he weight the full consequences and implications of what he was going to say before he said it? Was he under some sort of alcoholic or drug influence and frenzy? In fact, I wonder!
Unfortunately, few days after that disgraceful statement, few groups within the ambit of APGA came out to condemn his statement to the effect that he was not speaking for APGA, but was speaking for his pocket. Fine, but he is the Chairman of APGA. What could have Ojukwu said if he was still alive to hear such a statement?
The most ridiculous and laughable statement which some uninformed persons in the polity are making recently is that, “the only way an Igbo President could be possible in 2023 is if the Igbo voted for Buhari in 2019.” What an insult, I mean gross insult to the sensibility of the Igbo Nation! In fact, some politicians in our country particularly within the Igbo ethnic nationality, simply open their mouths to talk like parrots. How can people relate Buhari's victory in 2019 to the future of Igbo President in 2023? Few questions must be posed to those fair whether political agboros how to come about stupid formular. What is the rationale to arriving at that formular? Which Nigerian President got elected because of a previous formular “to me and to you”? For two times, Nnamdi Azikiwe contested for the Presidency. Why did our people not come up with such puerile idea and elementary political formular? When Jonathan or Obasanjo were elected to the Presidency, what was the prevailing formular? Before Buhari was elected the President, was there any formular enunciated then?
Honestly, it is time for some of our so called political frontline politicians to be ostracized politically to prevent them from taking us to an Eldorado zone where our generation unborn could curse us with no regret.
Do those who are fleeting this type of idea mean that the Igbo nation as the most ethnic nationality that has contributed so much to the emergence of this country and to its economic, educational and political growth can only produce a President on “a plate of political porridge?” In fact, my heart bleeds for my race as we are gradually drifting to a position of third fiddle role players in a country which we should be seen as the bird that laid the golden egg.
As things are going on now in our country, our people the Igbo Nation must be cautious and wary on things they say and how they behave so as not to compromise the Igbo Nation into “undeserved and unwanted slavery.” Because, by nature and by the powers of celestial imperatives, the Igbo is not enslavable! A word is enough for the wise!          

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