South Are Own Worst Enemies, Fani-Kayode Replies Ohanaeze’s Nwodo Over Comment On North
A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the comment credited to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who said that ‘there is no future for Nigeria as northerners are unreasonable and unrealistic’, noting that Southerners “cannot blame everything on the north because southern leaders are their own worst enemies”
Mr. Fani-Kayode stated this in a short memo made available to ElombahNews.
ElombahNews had, earlier in the day, reported that the apex Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Friday gave the warning.
Chief Nwodo said that in as much as the northern Nigeria decides to be unreasonable and realistic, “this country can never get better”.
Nwodo who was reacting to the Tuesday election of the ninth National Assembly leadership through his Special Adviser on Media, Chief Emeka Attamah, saying that Nigerians should beware of another civil war.
Ohanaeze President General said: “There is no future for Nigeria. As long as the north decides to be unreasonable and realistic, this country can never get better.
“The country is only heading for implosion as long as equity and fairness is denied some sections of the country.
“The only solution is restructuring or the country will eventually hit the rocks. If not today, tomorrow. What does it cost to be fair and live in peace?” he asked.
Reacting to the statement, Fani-Kayode said:
“I am amongst the strongest critics of northern hegemony and domination and nothing is happening today that I did not say would happen if Buhari was elected President both in 2015 and2019.
“Yet the truth is that we cannot blame everything on the north because southern leaders are their own worst enemies.
“We are weak, divided, petty, ignorant, gullible, naive, petty and cowardly.
“Worse of all we behave like crabs in a basket: always pulling one another down and always attempting to eclipse and destroy our own brightest stars.
“Northern hegemony and northern domination is manifest in every sphere and sector of the Nigerian space only because the ever-grovelling, ever-slavish, ever-quivering, ever-quarreling and ever-snivelling southern leaders, who are so comfortable with betraying and abandoning their own mid-stream, gladly allow it.”
Proffering a solution as the forward, he said:
“If we want things to change the first thing that we need to do is to accept the fact that southern unity, southern communality of purpose, southern fraternity, southern co-operation and southern cohesion and understanding are fundamental pre-requisites to southern emancipation.
“The secret to the remarkable success of the north is their wholehearted appreciation of the power of unity and the importance of furthering their collective interest regardless of political party affiliation.
“This is something that the south appears to be simply incapable of appreciating, achieving or enjoying.
“We are our own worst enemies,” he concluded.