After I moved to
Kaduna from the
United States, as a
toddler, I became familiar with a word called “Bendel”. I
actually thought that “Bendel” was a human being and hoped to meet him someday.
I remember vividly how many friends would come to our house and in the
middle of laughter and entertainment; I would here phases like “Bendel Number
One”, “Up Bendel”, and “Bendel Insurance”. I was so
fascinated with Bendel that my favorite toy was called Bendel.
When I went to bed, I actually placed all my toys beside me to sleep with
me and “Bendel always laid closet to me underneath their blanket (Marlboro
When I moved to
Benin-City, I then realized that Bendel (derived from Benin & Delta regions) was
not a person but a place where I now resided. I also
realized to my amazement that the Bendel I always wanted to meet was already in
me because I was not only a Bendelite by descent, but I was from its capital-
Benin City. This was the earliest
1980s and I began to see why it was really number one. We
won most of the state and university sporting events despite obvious cheatings
against us. We always had the highest cut-off marks in JAMB,
WAEC, and Common Entrance exams, despite the fact that we are one of the fewest
and the last to have schools built on our land by the British colonizers.
We also had one of the best road networks in the country because the ever
migrating Igbo traders always told us that one of the ways to know when you
enter and leave Bendel is the difference in the quality of the roads.
Bendel was also the cultural center of the nation as it is to this day,
not just because it has one of the oldest Kingship families in Africa (Benin
Monarch-about 900 years), if not the world, but also because of its bronze arts
(FESTAC as an example) and its documentation in history even by Europeans.
What about UNIBEN (always nicknamed “UNIBEST”) who just came second among
Commonwealth Universities in the world, despite the fact that it was just built
was when I moved back to the
United States as a college
student that I began to understand the greatness of any nation and society, and
the failure of
Nigeria as a country.
I began to understand that you only get what you are worth.
No one is going to pay you or respect you more than you are actually
worth. A nation that prides itself on fairness of law,
vision for the future, and open-mindedness based on change will always dominate
those that abide by lawlessness, self gratification, and tradition.
United States has implemented
Civil Rights laws to deal with racial and discrimination issues, and Affirmative
Action laws to deal with inequality by giving women and minorities a chance in
the work place,
Nigeria is still doing the
stupid and visionless WAZOBIA system. WAZOBIA is an inferior
Nigerian ideology that claims that everything Nigerian must be headed,
perceived, or viewed from the angle of the three major ethnic groups –
Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba, and Igbo. They are supposed to produce
all the presidents, have all the major and strategic offices, have all the
solutions to the country’s problems, and whenever there is anything Nigerian
outside the country, they must be in-charge. There is
nothing wrong with being the leaders, but you must have success, progress, and
accomplishment to show for it.
civilization has now realized that discriminating against certain citizens in
their domain means that they are not fully exploiting and utilizing all of their
human resources to their fullest potential to generate superior economic and
political might. The European’s sport leagues are filling
their sporting franchises with people they once called inferior, FIFA even wants
more spots for African nations, France is looking at new ways to make life more
conducive for their immigrant Muslims, America is trying to do the same for its
immigrants, the United Nations want third world nations to have more power at
decision tables, even the United States is about to have a woman (Hillary
Clinton) or a Black (Barack Obama) as possible presidents.
Nigeria, the so called “Giant
Africa?” We elect the same
old unchanging WAZOBIA leaders, who devalue the currency for no reason, who take
development loans but no infrastructures to show for it, who give up oil-rich
Bakassi and Lake Chad with the hope of getting international support when an
unconstitutional third term bid for presidency comes around, who refuse to
nominate a qualified woman (Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) to the UN even when
requested for. Do not forget that you are given what you are
worth. Why is
Nigeria always given
visionless and military-related WAZOBIA leaders? It is
because that is who we really are and that is exactly what we deserve.
We are as a whole, a visionless, selfish, and closed-minded people.
We have chosen tribalism and tradition of power over intelligence and
accomplishment for future generations.
The Political & Spiritual Purpose of the
It is time
Nigeria gives up its
useless WAZOBIA mentality that has enslaved the masses by giving us valueless
leaders and stagnant policies. Do you know that as a
Bendelite, when I am among the Yorubas they call me “Igbo” and when I am among
the Igbos they call me “Yoruba.” These major ethnic groups
refuse to accept the fact that
Nigeria is superior to
their backward WAZOBIA realities. What about giving the
southern minorities a chance? These are a people whose
domain produces 90% of the country’s income but have no access to the income,
its refineries, or getting jobs at its headquarters. These
are the people that lead in any state or university sporting event.
They are the once with the best educational results and highest exam
cut-offs. They also have the historical and cultural
reference for the nation. Doesn’t common sense tell
Nigerians that there must be a God hidden treasure in this vicinity?
When I say treasure in this vicinity, I do not mean the WAZOBIA created
Governor of Edo State called “Lucky Igbinedion”. I say this
because the infamous criminal - Lawrence Anini was even of more value to the
lives of Bendel people until Igbinedion miraculously came to the scene during
should please give this people a chance to take Nigeria to great heights that
even the Europeans once cherished in their achieves. Despite
all odds working against them, they have still managed to raise their heads
above water to stand their grounds and fight for what belongs to them.
They can only do so much without the aid of the rest of
Nigeria by Nigerians
removing the shameful veils of WAZOBIA and giving them the mantle and foundation
to stand upon. They resisted colonization better than anyone
else and I believe that they are the ones to lead
Nigeria towards greatness
against all odds. After all, through out history, a lot of
great things came from minor and remote places. Can you
remember Jesus of
Nazareth, Muhammad Ali of
Kentucky, or God choosing the Jews
because they were the fewest of all peoples (Deuteronomy
Be wise and you will reap the fruits of wisdom.