Some say that by far the most ruinous legacy of less than 50 years of colonialism is the continued existence of European constructed Nigeria 50 years later…

Prophetically, Prof Banji Akintoye said in a 2010 keynote address to a Yoruba interest  group:

all around us, all that we see are unambiguous evidence that the nebulous integrationism is not only a failure, but that it is also a prescription for distress among our peoples, and a very potent source of conflicts.”

Fast forward to 2015 and the group called IPOB certainly agree and are protesting to have their own sovereign nation called Biafra….

And so for months now the Nigerian media has run many stories on the Biafra protests…



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Naturally, this has elicited a warning from the Nigerian military  :



Yoruba/Japanese/Chinese/Facebook proverb

It is only when a mosquito lands on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence.” 

 IPOB   protesters decide to play  the  mosquito in the belief  that perching menacingly  on the Yoruba  testicle (Lagos) will  bid Yoruba to join them in  urging  Nigeria to seek non violent ways of resolving the Biafra problem…

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Having seen off colonial powers decades ago, Yoruba in the homeland find themselves  in  the position of fighting to safeguard against  expansionist manouvres of covetous neighbour nations within the independent Nigeria.    Predictably  for the keen observers (Lagos having  been in recent past at the receiving end of over ambitious Biafra border mapping exercises), the  Biafra agitators have declared Lagos in the Yoruba homeland territory to be the next stop for their series of violent protests.

And expectedly, this is being met with very loud voices of warning from various Yoruba groups within and outside Lagos.

But despite threats and counter threats no one wants to see bloody violence in Lagos. Not the indigenes even though most are fed up with the posturing of  their guests in Lagos. And not even the  Lagos resident kinsmen of the IPOB protesters whose daily bread is tightly bound to the smooth running of the state.


Mosquito net

Then a seeming checkmate ( or mosquito net  in this metaphor)  is pulled by the elected governor of the state  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the form of the purchase and launching  of N4.765bn  worth of brand new police vehicles and various equipment & incentives  for the police force in Lagos, alongside a reminder that the indigenes of Lagos  will no longer tolerate excuses, provides a head cooling response  to what was planned to be  a disastrous standoff in the Yoruba homeland.

the Officers of the State Police Command; we say to whom much is given, much is expected. Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect the public at any time and place. Lagosians will not accept excuses.” Gov Akinwunmi Ambode 


Prevention is better than cure

Can this hold the peace and deter Biafra agitators  from the hot-headed  Lagos bound protests/riot?  With Homeland security being one of the pillars of  the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria ( DAWN Commission) , Yoruba cannot afford to become embroiled in the latest  Biafran brouhaha…














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