“Igbos Are ‘Incurably Money-Minded’ And Predictable To Voting.” – Soyinka


Wole Soyinka has recently doled out some name-calling towards the Igbo tribe. He made this statement while recently delivering a lecture at the Harvard University. And his words have gone viral on the internet, inspiring a myriad of both positive and negative responses.

The foremost social critic, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has formed an opinion about the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. He said they possess an “incurable trait of money consciousness” and they can be accurately predictable when it comes to voting in any election.

The Cable online newspaper has reported on a recent lecture given by Wole Soyinka at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The lecture was entitled Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies.

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He reportedly said:

Igbos remained unrepentant and resolute towards their strategic objective of secession at worst; or a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction at best.

He said at the lecture, which held on April 29.

The climax of MASSOB’s war against the Nigerian state was the call for sit-ins and civil disobedience that shut down markets and public services, as Igbos stayed at home in a symbolic gesture to assert Biafran independence.

The Igbos are probably the only group of Nigerians that you can predict with great accuracy whom they will vote for in an election, because they tend to put their votes where their stomachs take them; suffering as it were, from incurable money-mindedness, as they would stop at nothing in their quest for personal financial gain.

In his opinionated comments on the result of Nigeria’s presidential election, Soyinka said the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan would have been “disastrous”, as Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect, is a better option.

Muhammadu Buhari was the better of the two evils as the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan had been an unmitigated disaster and failure.

He said.

It was a painful decision to tell people to vote Buhari, but the country needed a new beginning. I was more against Jonathan, than I was pro-Buhari.

Nothing is more unworthy of leadership than to degrade a system by which one attains fulfillment, and this is what the nation witnessed time and time again under Jonathan, who was increasingly becoming intolerant of opposition in an escalating streak of impunity and authoritarian madness, which was most blatant and unconscionable.

The ‘militricians’ – soldiers turned politicians in power – aren’t looking for excellence; their civilian cohorts are worse. Short cuts and how to circumvent the system for the profit of a few are the norm of governance. Those who do honest work are derided as lacking the skill to fit it. Ironically, things haven’t quite changed a bit after 16 years of democracy in the country.

Here’s one of the comments from a Nigerian:

From your comment you are not Ibo. Am sorry for you as you have exhibited Ignorance. No tribe is superior to another and you did not select your tribe. The good, the bad and the ugly abound in every tribe. Each time we descend so low to play the tribal card we betray the spirit of our common humanity and ancestry. And exhibit crass ignorance and our backwardness. May God of Nigeria help remove this blindness occasioned by ethnic bigotry. May we learn to respect and appreciate each other and imbibe the spirit of cooperation against the spirit of mutually destructive unhealthy competition to foster true brotherhood that will usher enduring development and progress for Nigeria.

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