Friday, September 27, 2013

Fashola Should'nt Have Apologized To The Igbos - Femi Fani-Kayode

FASHOLA AND HIS ''APOLOGY''

There can be little doubt that the relocation of the 19 igbo destitutes from Lagos state a few months ago was a lawful exercise and that it was done in the interest of Lagos state. Consequently I do not believe that Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola ought to have tendered any form of apology whatsoever to the igbo for what he did. The only redeeming factor is the fact that the apology was obviously designed simply to calm frayed nerves and I commend Fashola for that gesture if nothing else. I say this because my understanding is that he apologised NOT for the deportation itself but for ''the misunderstanding that arose from it''. There is a world of difference between the two.

I also commend him for admonishing the igbo to develop their own region and to decide whether they are ''igbo before they are Nigerians or Nigerians before they are igbo''. This is a fundamental question that I believe that we must all determine in our hearts and minds whether we are of igbo, yoruba, hausa/fulani or ijaw stock or anything else.

For the purposes of clarification the debate that has been raging in the land for the last two months, though sparked off by Fashola's relocations, was more about the curious claim that Lagos state was ''no man's land'' which the igbo jointly own with the yoruba and which they had developed, and are indeed still developing, with their money and nothing else. It was that assertion, and not the plight of a handful of igbo destitues, that many of us from west of the River Niger took issue with. Fashola and others have said publiclly that it is ''absurd'' and ''insulting'' for anyone to call Lagos state ''no-man's land'' and that is good enough for me. As long as he did not apologise for saying that I have no problem with whatever he may or may not have said about the deportations even though, had I been governor, I would have handled it differently.

The truth is that the yoruba way is to apologise not only when you are wrong but also when you are right if you believe that the other party has been badly hurt by your actions. It is a generous and kind disposition which is borne out of the yoruba concept of the ''omoluwabi spirit''- a good heart and a clean spirit that desires, above all else, peace, joy and harmony. Yet to those from outside yorubaland that do not share that disposition, that do not understand that spirit and that cannot even begin to comprehend it, an apology is nothing less than an admission of guilt and wrong- doing and a trophy of triumph to those whom it is offered.


It is for this reason that I believe that it was wrong for Fashola to apologise and that it is important for us to consider the long term implications of what he has done. The truth is that in life perception counts for everything. And rightly or wrongly the perception that most people have, particularly amongst the igbo, is that Fashola has indeed apologised for the deportations. This perception is supported by misleading newspaper headlines which were drafted and written by journalists who did not bother to read the text or properly decipher the statement.


Whether anyone likes it or not this latest development is viewed as a great triumph for the hardline igbo nationalists and the Governor Peter Obi's of this world who honestly believe that the igbo have some kind of special rights or special status in Lagos and indeed in yorubaland. They say and do things in Lagos and other parts of the west that they dare not do in the north and that they will never allow our people to do in the east.This is because they fear the northerners who have often put them in their place when they cross the line but they have nothing but contempt for us. Fashola has now given those within the igbo community that have this mindset far more legitimacy, strength and confidence.

In any case now that dishing out apologies is the order of the day and he has set the precedent, the question has to be asked- will Peter Obi take a cue from that, be a gentleman and apologise for deporting the people of Akwa Ibom from his Anambra state as well? Is Obi that reasonable or charitable? Do those that think like him believe trhat what is good for the goose is good for the gander? I doubt it very much. Again will Fashola apologise to the numerous northerners that he deported from Lagos as well and will he apologise to his yoruba kith and kin from Oyo and Osun for deporting them too? I really do wonder how far this new-found large-heartedness and seasonal expression of regrets will go? Will it be spread everywhere or is it exclusively reserved for the igbo?

More importantly, in the spirit of this new rapprochement, will Fashola secretly conceede portions of Lagos state and yorubaland to them as well? Will he take my dear egbon and former cabinet colleague, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe's counsel, and wholeheartedly accept the interesting notion that the igbo have ''married all our daughters'' in idungaran and isale-eko and that we should therefore give all our land and territory to them? Will he give up the patrimony of his people all in the name of trying to appease the igbo and get their votes for the APC in the upcoming governorship election in Anambra state? If that is the plan I doubt that it will work because they are a pretty unforgiving lot. The more you give the more they will ask for and at the end of the day you will end up losing far more than you gain.

Governor Chris Ngige, who is an amiable gentleman and one of the most decent, accomodating, liberal, detribalised and civilised people that I know from the east, will gain nothing from this and sadly the person that will gain from it will be the hardline, igbocentric Peter Obi and his APGA candidate in november's gubernatorial election in Anambra state. People like Fashola need to undersatand that sometimes in trying to play the generous statesman and the kind-hearted omoluwabi we end up being taken for granted and making fools of ourselves. You only apologise to those who will appreciate it, who do not necessarily see it as an admission of guilt and who will not misconstrue it as weakness. This is because the display of weakness by any leader, no matter how well-liked, only attracts impudence and aggression from those who have a hidden agenda. A word is enough for the wise.


If I were Governor of Lagos state I would never have apologised for the execution of a legitimate and lawful exercise which was absolutely necessary and which was done in the interests of my state and my people, no matter how many cows I had been offered or given by the kinsmen of those affected. What Fashola has done, albeit inadvertently, is to betray those amongst his yoruba kith and kin that stood by him and defended him when he took that historic and controversial decision to deport the igbo destitutes. He has also fuelled the erroneous impression that is held by most of the igbo that the yoruba people and their leaders are bumbling and inconsistent cowards that cannot stand firm when put under pressure and when faced with threats and hardship.

This is sad and unfortunate because that is not who or what we are. Though we cherish and often manifest the omoluwabi spirit, the yoruba are also a lion-hearted people- we are slow to anger but irresistable in battle. We are as constant as the northern star even though we are accomodating and generous. I have immense respect for Fashola and I happen to have a spoft spot for him but I believe that his behaviour is a clear u-turn and that it represents a double standard, a capitulation of values and a revocation of principle. You don't apologise for government policy just to appease a certain group of people no matter how bellicose, violent, loud and aggressive they may be. It is better to lose a million elections outside yorubaland than to conceed even one inch of yoruba territory to those that seek to lay claim to that which is not theirs. A word is enough for the wise.

  Femi Fani-Kayode

22 comments:

  1. It seems to me that this man is Jobless

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  2. Ffk go and sleep,if u need a political post from fashola,why don't u go straight to him than saying all these rubbish to gain his attention? Hian! Pls go and get urself a good job jor! Fashola knew that what he did was wrong and appologised,u are here saying shits in another way round,ogbeni go get urself a job mehn!

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    1. I think you don't have anything better to do with ur time, just becouse u did not get to marry ur dream igbo lady, mean u will take it out on all the igbo people

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  3. I cudnt agree more!tho always controversial buh I giv him 10/10 dis time arnd

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  4. Femi fani kayode,wat u said is nothing but d truth,fashola u redicule urslf nd d yoruba's,why cnt u stnd on ur words,why shuld u apologise to igbos

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  5. Femi u hv spoken,lov dat

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  6. Stupid man 4rm a stupid home,u don't hav anytin 2 say,IDIOT

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  7. Is this man still gainfully employed? where does he find time to write such long pieces? Na wao!

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  8. This man claimed to be a christian but he doesn't seem to have any forgiving spirit in him going by what has been happening in the past two months. He keep on advising his people indirectly to start doing things like the northerners check the paragraph six, it is not only peculiar to this write up but all his other articles always buttress the same point for his people to act like northerners. this is a shame for somebody that has served as a minister. i can see the hatred and bitterness he has for Igbos, pls continue but one day you will be consumed in it. pls leave Fashola alone because he's a more respected leader and gentleman in this country than you.

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  9. This man claimed to be a christian but he doesn't seem to have any forgiving spirit in him going by what has been happening in the past two months. He keep on advising his people indirectly to start doing things like the northerners check the paragraph six, it is not only peculiar to this write up but all his other articles always buttress the same point for his people to act like northerners. this is a shame for somebody that has served as a minister. i can see the hatred and bitterness he has for Igbos, pls continue but one day you will be consumed in it. pls leave Fashola alone because he's a more respected leader and gentleman in this country than you.

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  10. Wow ..... ,so Nigeria is so divided . Can't bliv people can b deported from a national city or land bcos they are poor ,mayb in a private land . Damn nd even on tribal lines !!!! ? Unblivable ...

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    1. This man is very tribalistic.seems he dislike igbos so much.d othr time he was trying to ridicle Bianca n now igbos in general.well it seems he is becoming very sad...its one Nigeria n if igbos re in lagos developing n supporting d governor whom they voted into office,then they deserve his respect too. Oga femi..u re stupid for talking down on igbos..period !

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  11. my lil advice to my fellow igbo is this, we should stop complaining about everything we see or hear. the problem we have is that our voice is louder than our actions. what fashola did was an eye opener to all of us, that our eastern governors re being for nothing and can't do anything to develop our own land all they do is to lout everything that comes around them while in power. Fashola is developing Lagos as his priority what can the governors and the senator from eastern boost of.go to north. have you try to ask urself that is complaining why did our brothers in the north not relocating while they have been killed everyday. which of the states in the east that is worth living in.is a challenge to all the eastern governors let them do something, try ur best while in power. if the seats of the governorship is awarded according to ur work i would want Fashola to run the seat up to 5 terms..Fani Kayode is letting know the truth about our eastern governors and what they failed to do while in office with style but some people are calling tribalist, though Fashola's action didn't worth it but let the eastern Governors do something about hw to develop their own land. if i were fashola many would have found themselves in Onitsha Bridgehead.

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  12. Nice 1 femi fani kayode.i lyk it.keep it up.

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  13. Femi, i keep praying God wil bles, kip n protect u 4rm d reach of those who loathe d truth. Honestly, Fashola dey fuck up, listen 2 anonymous 12 or 13. Igbos r maimed in d north, yet, dey dint burge. Hmm! Regional gov'ment would av been re adopted in naija. Gud talk FFK. Lagos is absolutely, rightfully n entirely Yorubas.

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  14. I don't knw watz is rong wit diz bastard man call "FEMI KAYODE"? It's only all dis smelling"MUSLIMS" pple dat pple knw dey run deir muth like prostitutes on de street. Christians don't brag, so femi kayode or watsoever is ya name? Go bck to yur MAMA and learn good home training.

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  15. I don't knw watz is rong wit diz bastard man call "FEMI KAYODE"? It's only all dis smelling"MUSLIMS" pple dat pple knw dey run deir muth like prostitutes on de street. Christians don't brag, so femi kayode or watsoever is ya name? Go bck to yur MAMA and learn good home training.

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  16. I don't knw watz is rong wit diz bastard man call "FEMI KAYODE"? It's only all dis smelling"MUSLIMS" pple dat pple knw dey run deir muth like prostitutes on de street. Christians don't brag, so femi kayode or watsoever is ya name? Go bck to yur MAMA and learn good home training.

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  17. Femi keep it up,dnt mind dem,u kno dere character no be today,we all kno say na truth u dey talk,God cont to bless u,fashola na Man?

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  18. Femi na true u talk,I lov dat,we all kno ds igbo's dey lik claiming wat is nt belong to dem if small oppotunity is giving to dem,why cnt dey try ds nonsense wit northern's,but fashola u fuk up shaa

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  19. Femi u re right, fashola don present yoruba as a fool to igbo's,we all kno dat igbos lik to claim wat is nt belng to dem,hw can somone wit is senses call lagos no man's land,igbos shuld go nd do d right thing in dere state nd stop caiming yoruba land ok

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  20. U guys that were surpoting this mad man called femi ,u guys can go and hug naked wire b/cos I can sensed jelousy in u guys,did u guys think u can make It with out igbos,in the whole nigeria no any other state can make it without igbo ,that is why there are jelousy of igbos ,GOD have already blessed igbos,there are very inteligent,hardworking, name them so there is nothing anybody can do about it,but for fasholar he did the right thing b/cos we decerve the apology ,do u know what he had lost ever since this matter came up,so fasholar don't have any option than to apologize b/cos they can't do with out igbos,b/cos were the one that developed lagos so they need igbos more than any other state b/cos we are the reason why lagos are like that,so no matter what they do or say at the end they will still come back to us,so this idiot called femi or boko harram indisgise,enemy of nagerians progress can go and die for all I care, b/cos he has already lost the battle

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