A Nigerian lady caused a stir of Twitter after highlighting some of the reasons why she “will never vote an Igbo person” to be the president of Nigeria.
The lady, identified as Farida Kabir, gave her reasons in a series of tweets via her Twitter page, @reedahkh, in response to a question on 2023 presidential election posed by the former Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reform, Dr. Joe Abah.
Abah had taken to his verified Twitter handle to call for a debate on why Nigerians think the Igbos should not be considered for the presidency in 2023.
“I am minded to support #IgboPresidency2023 in ALL political parties. It is not because I am Igbo but because I am Nigerian. It is about fairness and inclusion. Can you give me any reason why I shouldn’t? Let’s have a debate.”
In her reaction, Farida said though she is in support of Abah’s stance based on equity and fairness, she would never vote an Igbo person to govern her.
“Dr Joe I support this motion of yours, being fair and equitable but I will tell you for sure that I will never vote an Igbo person to govern me and I’ll tell you why. 1. We can’t deny the fact that Igbo people openly undermine us at every opportunity they get.
“They call us illiterates, almajiris, the problem of Nigeria etc 2. Igbo people never miss an opportunity to swindle us because they feel we are retards and don’t know value of our hard earned money
“3. Don’t forget the pains of the civil war and how it was narrated to us. How Kaduna Nzeogwu bit the hand that fed him, and how our leaders were targeted and killed in the most gruesome way
“I can tell you for a fact that a lot of northerners share this same view as mine. What I will advice Ndi Igbo to start doing is working on how to build new bridges to connect us. They have long since burnt the whole damn city down including any path to alliance.
“Until I see a conscious and genuine effort from Ndi Igbo on peaceful coexistence and respect for our differences, I will never ever cast my vote for them and I’ll make sure my people don’t either. This doesn’t affect my personal relationship with the few that I know in anyway.
“But this is the reality for me and many of my kindred. A snake can only give birth to long things and a fowl that is disobedient will learn obedience in a cooking pot.”
Her tweets have sparked a fresh debate about the 1967 Nigerian civil war among Twitter users following Faridah’s claim that the war left the Northerners in pain.
A Twitter user @Marrgarritah wrote:
“It appears the tribes were told different stories of what happened in the Civil War.”
Another twitter user wrote:
The fact that a Northerner came on Twitter to claim that the North were victims of the Nigerian Civil War not the Igbos is perhaps the most mischievous attempt at rewriting history that I’ve ever witnessed.
I don’t blame her though, I mean, education is haram innit? https://t.co/XHBZJXH3Ye
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@FOnyeoziri) October 16, 2019
MArk AMaza tweeted:
Pains of the civil war? I didn’t know the civil war was fought in the North. https://t.co/TJh2lX7whN
— Mark Amaza (@amasonic) October 15, 2019
“For the actions of <20 military officers, officers from the SE were killed in huge numbers in a counter-coup; Igbo people across the North were killed in pogroms; their region suffered the most in the civil war & you still talk about pains of the civil war?”
“You want the SE to build bridges when at the slightest ‘provocation’, they still get attacked in the North? You keep using Jan 15, 1966 to justify a never-ending bigotry. At what point will you feel they have paid penance enough?”
@Stephie_coco also tweeted:
Can we dead this FALSE narrative that Northerners survived or have PTSD from the civil war?Same civil war, the Nigerian army made up mostly of Northerners used tools such as starvation, disemboweling of pregnant Igbo women to win. Don’t talk about pains you have no idea of! https://t.co/HFpZwOiL5x
— Igbo First! (@stephie_coco) October 16, 2019
Covid-19: US records 2,000 deaths in 24 hours as cases pass 502,000
The United States has reported 2,108 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest daily increase in the country since the outbreak began, pushing the total US death toll to 18,777 on the one-month anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in the US topped 502,000 on Saturday, as the worldwide death toll surpassed 102,000.
The US is soon expected to overtake Italy in the grim position as the country with the highest number of fatalities. To date, Italy has registered at least 18,800 deaths.
With the number of infections worldwide now close to 1.7 million, including more than 376,000 recovered patients, the WHO has urged caution to countries considering easing restrictions put in place to stem the outbreak.
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Ondo civil servant smuggles wife into service, places her on grade level 14
A civil servant in Ondo State has been arrested for allegedly smuggling his wife into the Ondo State Civil Service and placing her on grade level 14 and she had been collecting salaries.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was caught as a result of the reform carried out by the state’s Head of Service, Mr Alex Aragbaye.
Odebowale did not, however, state how long the woman had been collecting salaries.
He added that other suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in various corrupt practices.
“We were able to discover that certain elements, whose names appear on the staff list, were never employed. A particular man employed his wife and placed her on grade level 14. She never attended an interview and she has been collecting salaries.
The governor’s aide stated that all the indicted civil servants had already been suspended, adding that they would face disciplinary actions.
How my wife and I were humiliated, manhandled by Nigeria Police at Moore Police Station Ile Ife By Dr Abiodun Olabanjo
My wife and l are Medical Doctors practising in Ile Ife Osun state. While my wife works with OSHMB. I have a private hospital in Ile Ife. l had to drive my wife to her place of work this morning with the private hospital ambulance (Name of the hospital well written on the ambulance with Doctors stickers on the windscreen). We had passed through several police barricades on the way.
On getting to one of the barricades in front of Moore Police station, we stopped and they asked for our mission on the road, despite the lockdown declared by the Government, and we patiently introduced ourselves and told them where we work and the reason why I had to drive my wife to her place of work and also informed them that I would be coming back soon as I had a patient that was been prepared for surgery before I left the hospital.
To my surprise on my way back from State Hospital Oke Ogbo Ile Ife where my wife works unlike other checkpoints where we had passed, where they didn’t need to stop us again for questioning on seeing the same hospital ambulance, the police at the barricade in front of Moore decided to stop us again and we did.
They asked me again for my identity and I explained to them but they insisted on parking the ambulance despite all explanation. After some persuasion one of the police personnel ordered the barricade to be removed, a car in the front and we followed but as we drove on we heard a loud bang at the back of the ambulance with someone in boy scout uniform calling other policeman claiming we broke through their barricade.
We, therefore, decided to stop but before I could open the car door to come down they started hitting me from the car, slapping and dragging me out of the car saying we wanted to hit one of them.
I was kicked several times by these about 30/50 people who were not even aware of what transpired. On citing this my wife quickly came down to stop the one slapping and hitting me but they didn’t even allow her they started beaten and dragging her too to the police station.
We were then ordered to be locked up in the cell by the Area Commander without any interrogation.
Instead, they collected all our four phones our shoes and other personal belongings including the car key without allowing us to make any form of communication either to our people nor our lawyer.
It was one of our patients who witnessed the event that quickly reported the case at our hospital from where our lawyer was contacted.
It was our lawyer in company of the patient that was waiting for emergency caesarian section that came to bail us at the police station. As we speak now, we were told they threatened to charge us to court tomorrow for trial even without investigation calling us all sorts of names and concorted lot of lies against us.
Our questions are….. Are Doctors not permitted to go to their places of work during this lockdown? Is the hospital ambulance not permitted to move during lockdown?
Was it normal for the police officer to collect all our phones without allowing us to communicate either with our people or our lawyer……. Our phones were ringing several times and they were dancing and singing to the tunes despite telling them that someone was in distress. It is our desire to register our displeasure to the whole nation…….
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