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Are Yorubas Sophisticated Morons?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the statement credited to the Chairman, Vanguard Editorial Board, Ochereome Nnanna, describing Yorubas as sophisticated morons.

There is no doubt that the Yoruba ethnic group are classy and erudite. It is the first ethnic nation that embraced western education in Nigeria and this has helped the tribe a lot in many areas of human development.

Southwest Nigeria, including Lagos, was not created by man. Naturally, Lagos came to being to attract other ethnic groups to the Yoruba land.

The Atlantic Ocean spreads beyond Lagos to some other southern parts of Nigeria but the industry and commerce in Lagos and invariably the southwest makes the region a centre of attraction for most Nigerians.

Over the years that this ethnic group was involved in trade and politics, prominent Yorubas have played a pivotal role to keep Nigeria as one while their lands have housed other Nigerians and non-Nigerians. Yorubas also travel to other region to seek greener pasture.

They have enjoyed the goods of the land and suffered the pains as well, yet it is a race that will not call for war to settle its grievances.

Yorubas are sophisticated, no doubt and this is because of its strength for dialogue and debate. The capacity to tolerate; the passion to accommodate and the wit to douse tension in the face of injustice and inequity.

One could remember how other ethnic groups were fleeing the southwest after June 12, 1993 election was annulled. There was fear that the injustice done to the winner of the presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, a Yoruba man would lead to another civil war filled the air.

The Yorubas only protested the annulment on the streets and in the courtroom. Abiola was eventually killed by the cabals, yet nothing happened.

The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was technically robbed in the 1983 presidential election. It was glaring that Alhaji Shehu Shagari did not win the election. Awolowo was rigged out, heavens did not fall, and Nigeria was intact.

Today, both Awolowo and MKO in their graves hold the highest national awards of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR. Those who have these awards are few in Nigeria and they are past and present presidents.

So when President Muhammadu gave this award to MKO Abiola posthumously last week and declared June 12 as the Democracy Day, the Yorubas went into jubilation.

But to the Chairman, Vanguard Editorial Board, Ochereome Nnanna, the jubilant Yorubas are sophisticated morons. Why? Because this is a race that had the opportunity twice to break Nigeria but had refused to do so.

The Yorubas, led by Awolowo had the opportunity to support the Igbo ethnic group during the 1967 to 1970 civil war to secede, rather the ethnic group was on the side of the Yakubu Gowon military government to suppress the ambition of the Odumegwu Ojukwu Biafra warlord.

In 1993, the Yorubas got another opportunity to break away but refused to do so. Perhaps that is why Nnanna has described this race as sophisticated morons.

This is an expression of bigotry from a veteran journalist that is supposed to educate the public against tribalism or ethnic extremism.

Yorubas are sophisticated but not morons. For the fact that this race abhors war does not make it a coward.

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