Date: February 27, 2020, 10:33:28 PM
Ooni reafirms Igbo-Yoruba family ties: Culture : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Dayan! Can take us down the memory lane? Bikonu, I'm curious.
I implore you to tell the entire Ndigbo that You did not come from Jew, the Jews came from you and that is the truth.
“We are all the same. We have about 4 set of sub ethnic Igbos in Yoruba land when we were all together like we have sub ethnic clan in Yoruba race. We have the Egbas, Ijebus, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Itshekiris they are all Yorubas but at the end of the day they belong to the Aku Aaro Oojiire(Omoluwabi ethnic clan).“The Ifa corpus that brought our ancestors from Heaven were and still are Ogbe Meji, Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji.
“Let us all reconcile differences and look at things that connect us rather than things that divide us”, Ooni added.
I have always said it that Yoruba's are peace loving, I have heard some people from other tribe saying "una too dey fear, u no get liver" but I disagree Yoruba's are not fearful but peace loving. Igbo's are also guilty when it comes to the issue of Lagos, Lagos is a Yoruba land and not a no-mans land. Although this recent conflict was caused by some people who have hidden agenda(I mean some selfish politicians), so it is wrong to generalize that one tribe is bad, only a small fraction of Yoruba's in Lagos are involved in this fracas. And for emphasis "it didn't lead to loss of life and properties which if such happens in any other part of Nigeria expecially North would have led to loss of life and properties".
“Lagos is part of Yoruba land we are all one we are all the same, the history is there the facts are there, and we should actually put this facts out. Why are we fighting?”“This is your root. I said it recently, some of our Yoruba kinsmen with ignorance of our history came out with nugatory bereavement of my position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo people. We have to say the truth and the truth must set us all free, we are blood brothers. We should be inseparable. Please feel at home in Yorubaland and respect your Yoruba brothers and sisters too”
Okay, as for this statement, I would say that it is a neither here nor there kind of information. For starters, if you want to trace back the history and common origins of different ethnic groups, religious practices lend a helping hand.In that line of thought, the Yoruba and the Igbo share almost the same name for "divination".In Igbo it is "Afa". In Yoruba it is "Ifa". I guess that without a detailed genetic anthropological research, we may never know which group predated the other.There is a cave in Uturu in Abia state that shows that Igbo had been there for at least 10,000 years. The Igbo are a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry OLD African people.
Okay, let me say this...The Igbo has a proverb which says "when preparing an eye medicine, make sure not to add pepper to the ingredients". I love the honesty of this statement because without honesty, there can never be genuine understanding between the two groups.This your statement represents the popular Yoruba view and approach to the talk of "unity with Igbo". But the problem is that it conflicts with the spirit of the Oba's statement below:If Igbo originated from Yorubaland, and as the Oba alludes to we are blood brothers and inseparable, why is the issue of Lagos ownership mentioned at all?How can the Igbo "feel at home in Yorubaland" when someone is constantly reminding them that they are NOT the owners of Lagos. Logic says that If A is the same as B, it then follows that A's property is also B's property. If not, then someone is not being fully honest. Having said that, I believe that majority of Igbo believe that Lagos is Yorubaland. The Igbo that debate it are what we call "efulefu" in Igboland; i.e people who would rather develop ANYWHERE but their own ancestral land. I believe that there should be unity between Igbo and Yoruba for their mutual survival in the Nigerian Hobbesian jungle where life is brutish and short. But a wise Igbo should still stay in Igboland, or at least not invest outside Igboland more than Igboland so that he or she is not misunderstood or carried away. A day may yet come when the ownership of Lagos is not an issue anymore that it causes heartburn.We are not there yet.
You have spoken well, but I do believe Igbo's should start developing there areas as well, if they win Biafra country they might suffer from lack of development of the SouthEast. Historically Lagos is a Yoruba land, British colonial master caused this issue, during the early 1960's, Lagos was a colony but was largely the Island(VI, Lekki, Ajah, Bannana Island, Ikoyi etc). Ikeja, Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu were with the old Westhern Region. Akintola was the premier and Oba Akran of Badagry was one of the serving ministers.Igbo's never came from Yoruba's nor Yoruba's from Igbo(history have it that Oduduwa(progenitor of Yoruba race) migrated from Mecca, when he got to Ile-ife he met some people notably Obatala, Orunmila etc. I think Ooni is just looking for allies with the Igbo's which is typical of Yoruba's, Egun people came from Benin Republic and are accepted as part of Yoruba people, Tapa people have allies with Nupe people in Niger State but are still Yoruba's, Benin people of Edo are arguably Yoruba's, same with Okun people in Kaaba Kogi state, once you can speak Yoruba you are seen as part of Yoruba's race... The reason Igbo's see Yoruba's as traitor was the coup and assassination of Major General Aguiyi Ironsi when he visited Lieutenant Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi in Ibadan, both men died that day, few years later civil war erupted. We still felt the effect of civil war till today. There is a bit of history that was twisted,it was Yoruba people that planned to leave Nigeria, but Igbo's hijacked the plan and created Biafra project. Yoruba's felt bad, but Igbo's blew there chances by planning to come to over throw Lagos that was why Obafemi Awolowo gave FG the trick to capture Biafra soldier because he didn't want Igbo's to destroy Lagos. For Nigeria to move forward Igbo's have to forgive and forget the past, we black Africans actually forgave the Americans who specialized in slave trade. Am an advocate of regional government, each region coordinating it's own resources but remitting a certain percentage to the FG.
Many points here I have heard of or read before... But that my highlight up there? Never! I'm curious...