‘Massaging ethnic egos’:
‘Well-spoken my friend… and I understand you perfectly. Same argument I have canvassed very often to my folks but they wouldn’t listen. Pragmatism should be the method and language of our politics and whosoever fails to key into the politics of give-and-take’ shoots his or herself on the foot…. and Nigeria moves on’. –Francis Nwosu, Abuja
‘Exactly, thank you for saying it matter-of-factly my brother. This ‘na-only-me-and-my-people’ thing MUST be discouraged. PERIOD.’ -Stella Olley
‘As long as Igbos continue to play the politics of working against the directions of political storms all the time, they will continue to suffer the destructive power of political storms…. Politics is about choosing to align correctly at all times’ -Chinedu Nsofor
‘Mohammed, they are not worth it! We are familiar with their political arrogance, which led to us to civil war! Let them migrate to Israel and join their kith and kin’ -Muhammad Sulaiman.
‘This wonderful article is food for thought. Pride and arrogance are deadly. No one person has it all. No matter how educated one is, one still needs to stretch one’s hand. Even for the privileged elites they still need collaborative relationship’ -Benedict Ukwuegbu.
‘Mohammed thanks for your beautiful and thoughtful insights. Politics demands participation especially as regards to the process, negotiations and lobbying, if you cannot stoop to lobby, then forget about politics! They say softly softly catch monkey… -Victoria Tabak.
‘Can anybody really survive in an environment of complete isolation? Even if it’s possible to have a Biafra nation, wouldn’t the state still need to be in fruitful relationship with other nations? The greatest enemy anybody could have is self deceit. -Umaru Ibrahim.
“My people are perished for lack of knowledge…”
If only we know. -Aso Salisu
‘Nagode maka rankadade, by now they should know what good manners can give. Well done sir.’ -Zubairu Saidu.
‘Nothing more to add.’ -Frank Igbokwe
A good thought not ONLY for my Kiths and kins but for us ALL. Take Benue State as a case study, can an Idoma person be a governor? Democracy not withstanding, it is a NO! We have to change our mindset as we know that arrogance is for the foolish and ignorant! A word is enough for the wise. Have a blissful week you all good people of the earth. -Sam Oboche Agbo
‘Awesome. Good thinking, perfect delivery.’ -Austen Avwunufe
‘Sometimes, people forget history. We paint pictures that portray something unthinkable. Hausa- Igbo collaboration impossible? Absolutely No ! 1983 proved that. I am not sure there were talks like “arrogance” and “kneeling down” before it happened. If equity and justice exists in Nigeria, then we do not need to beg to do the needful’.- Ebenezer Ajewole
‘Who is this philosopher king? I beg, I want to meet him.’ -Segun Adeleke
‘That Fulani vigilante for the East’:
‘Highly sentimental and was wholly dedicated to the ugly task of deprecating the Igbos. Your use of disparaging words on the Igbos is both appalling and uncalled for.
-Odogwu Emma Nonso Uzor’
‘So federal government should give license to Fulani to be moving around with Ak 47 in our backyard in the name of vigilante. And don’t forget that cattle rearing is a private business just like Igbo shops in the North and should be treated as such…. Southeast is the most peaceful region in Nigeria. You can take your vigilante groups to the North where Boko Haram and Fulanis are on rampage’ -Ikechukwu C Okafor.
‘Thanks Mohammed for this piece. I was there at the summit and I have the speech of the MACBAN leader. In Enugu, there exists Fulani vigilante working with Igbo vigilante, neighborhood watch and security agencies. That was what MACBAN asked others to emulate but the newspapers sensationalized and blew it out of proportion. Surprisingly they are not mentioning the version of The Nation Online in which the same MACBAN tipped Southeast Governor Umahi for President in 2023 at the same summit. The group at the summit publicly denied planning invasion of the Southeast as speculated. The MACBAN leader reeled out some of the benefits and conviviality they have been enjoying in the Southeast for decades.’-Chris Oji.
‘Mohammed Adamu is always biased and tribalistic. His pieces are always one sided and controversial aiming at favoring his ethnic nationalities which does not help for the growth of this so called Nigeria. Gradually Adamu is contributing to divide us rather than unite us -Ekpoh Christopher.
‘Trust here is a factor. I am just hearing that Igbos have indigenous Fulanis. Of course the Yorubas have them more than 300 years now…during the Yoruba wars that lasted about 100 years, the Fulanis in Yoruba land where those that watched over the villages …’ -Ayotunde Adelakun.
‘Succinct, apt and deliciously delivered as usual…Great piece!… Thanks Comrade’ -Adidu Iwoh.
‘This matter is simple if government demonstrates love as against hate. Politics has divided Nigeria so much that nobody is trusting his fellow brother again. The blame should go to the ruling class. They are playing realpolitik using the masses to advance it. All my friends are from the North down to Owerri.’ -Anyanwu Isdore.
‘We live in the north with IGBOS. They are in the nooks and crannies of our cities but the latest hatred about anything Hausa or Muslims is too much.’ -Musa Tahir.
‘One wonders now why our brothers in the Eastern side of the country have politicized the relationship that has been existing in the past couple of decades between the Fulanis and the Igbos. Before now all my friends during the early seventies were mostly from Enugu where my parents resided… -Esv Mohammed K Kudu.
‘Honestly, I don’t understand the big deal in what looks a harmless contribution from an innocent and willing party to a social menace for which they have been wrongly accused to be perpetrators. I don’t get it and I can’t get it. This new garment of hatred we gleefully wear must be pulled off to allow peace to reign’ -Timothy Elerewe.
‘I have seen IBO vigilante groups in Sabon Gari, KANO!!’ -Adidu Iwoh.
‘GOOD PERSPECTIVE. BUT SOMETHING IS FUELLING MUTUAL SUSPICION AMONGST ONCE PEACEFUL, CO-HABITING ETHNIC GROUPS. THE ANSWER…?’ -Emeka Ozumba
‘Nigeria is not ripe for state police but she is ripe for Fulani vigilante services across the nation.’ -Ikechukwu C Okafor
‘Insecurity is wearing cap in the North, but some Miyetti people want to form Vigilante in the SE. Pathetic!’ –Ikechukwu C Okafor.
“By all definitions and descriptions, the Nigeria’s so-called herdsmen are terrorists and if President Buhari doesn’t believe so, then it would be difficult for anyone to reasonably absolve him (Buhari) from complicity”-Kenneth U Okeke.
‘Please let everyone return to where he belongs. We give all Nigerians land, accomodate them but everytime there is a problem, we become the punching bag. To your tents oh northerners. Enough is enough’ -Mande Faru.
‘A good piece. It is a measure of how polarized along ethnic and religious fault lines our nation has become that an otherwise innocuous and positive request/suggestion should generate so much tension. Some 10 to 15 years ago, this request would have been a non-issue. The question to ask is, what happened or changed in our socio-political environment, in so short a time as to give rise to these dangerously high levels of inter-ethnic distrust?’ -Emeka Okeke. [THE NATION]