The Igbo Have No Human Capital & Oil Wealth: All They Bring into Lagos Are Organized Crime, Illegal Drugs & Inferior Imported Goods – Says Adeyinka Grandson of YYF


This provocative video is just one of the series produced in recent times by a Yoruba irredentist youth group which calls itself the Young Youba for Freedom (YYF). The video is targeted at slamming the Igbo ethnic nationality in general, and the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo, in particular. Apparently, the YYF spokesperson, Adeyinka Grandson, was responding to a public statement purportedly made by Chief Nnia Nwodo which claimed that the Igbo business elite corps own as much as 40% of the real estate property development in the Lagos metropolis. The YYF dismisses the Ohanaeze boss’ assertion as totally false. The spokesperson asserts that whatever the Igbo may have acquired in Lagos, which is claimed to be a bona fide Yoruba ancestral land, were obtained through their engagement in organized crime, peddling of illegal drugs and flooding of Yoruba land with inferior imported goods.

The Yoruba youth leader is of the opinion that Ndiigbo first arrived Lagos severely impoverished and of course, empty-handed. Since the Igbo ethnic nationality from the East lacks human capital, due to lack of education, and investment funds because they have no oil wealth, they “emigrate” into the seaport of Lagos empty-handed. The only option left for the upstart Igbo Lagosians is for them to form criminal gangs to rob, rape and peddle illegal drugs among the hardworking majority Yoruba population who demographically dominate the commercial metropolis. He posits that the typical Igbo youngster would shun formal education in preference for getting into an apprenticeship to serve fellow Igbo traders of cheap imported goods that flood the seaport and elsewhere in Yoruba land. While the Igbo youths would take 16 years of their young lives to learn the retail trade in imported consumer goods, their Yoruba counterparts spend the same length of time acquiring formal education by going through primary, secondary and tertiary institutions of learning. The Yoruba produce the lawyers, engineers, scientists and economists to serve Lagos and elsewhere nationwide. But the Igbo are innately incapable of contributing anything because their youths shun formal education and instead embrace trade apprenticeship, organized crime and drug trafficking with passion.

The YYF Adeyinka Grandson went to a great extent to reference the British immigration policies for handling potential visitors from some oil-producing Arab countries, China, India and Western Europe. Visa applicants to the UK from these countries are readily welcome because the visitors are expected to bring in and add new wealth and specialized valuable services leveraged from their home nations into the UK economy. The Igbo who prefer to migrate into Yoruba land, of which Lagos is part, supposedly have neither investment capital nor valuable services to bring into their host tribal nations’ space. These comparisons befuddle the mind since the Yoruba and Ndiigbo share the same unitary Nigerian geopolitical space. Rather than dissipate so much effort comparing apples and oranges, why does the Yoruba nation not restrict Igbo mass migration into Lagos and rest of Yoruba land by denying them entry visas, one might ask? If this cannot be done in unitary Nigeria, then the YYF comparisons are a waste of time and are thus inconsequential.

The YYF angst is not restricted to the Igbo. The Yoruba irredentist youth group also points accusing fingers at the Hausa and Fulani who are said to dominate Yoruba land politically. The seaports of Lagos, international airport and major business hubs are centrally controlled by the central government in Abuja which is dominated by the Hausa and Fulani. The Igbo, Hausa and Fulani are gratuitously lumped together as depraved immigrant usurpers and ungrateful guests of Yoruba land who would not only exploit the Yoruba wealth pool and hospitality but also often go further to badmouth their benevolent hosts to boot.

Perhaps, the most bothersome aspect of the YYF message is the public warning that the Yoruba youths’ group shall soon initiate violent attacks to kill the Igbo as the sure means to rid Yoruba land of the Igbo nuisance that abounds in all the nooks and crannies of Yoruba territorial space. The video ends on a dire warning that violent killings against the Igbo, in particular, and other nationalities who despoil Yoruba land at expense of the indigenes, in general, are imminent. The youth leader promises to adopt a more decisive methodology to cleanse Yoruba land of all undesirable Igbo “aliens” in the very near future with the sense of resolve that past generations could not muster.

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