A good number of factors divide Nigeria. Politics, Religion, Ethnicity, Language just to mention a few. But one that appears to the front burner is Tribalism which many consider as one of the major hindrances of the country’s socio-political development.
Stories available online have shown that the relationship between some tribes in the country is not exactly desirable based on ethnic sentiments that exists between them.
A Twitter lady named Mary Ufot took to her page to narrate how a Lagos house agent denied her from securing an apartment because of her tribe.
The lady said the house agent revealed to her that the owners of the house will accept tenants from any other tribe except the Igbo.
She told the agent she is from the South-South sub region and not from the Igbo tribe.
However, the adamant house agent said Akwa Ibom was carved out of an Igbo State.
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I have come again. So aside working class wahala, Lagos people still pick tribes too. We dey shout change and telling govt to do dis and that when within ourselves we hate ourselves.
So this story I heard of the hatred for Igbos in Lagos is real?
Biko point me to Igbos house❤️ pic.twitter.com/Ux85EgJY7I
— @MaryUfot (@therealMaryUfot) October 6, 2020
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If you share the address of the property, an Igbo person may actually just buy it up!🙂
Sometimes, we have learnt over the years that one og most effective way to shut down bigotry is through pragmatic economic steps..
Nigerians have to learn to be more tolerant of one another.
— iSERVE 2050 | #LeadershipMatters Nwanyịbùífé🔥#ABC (@iSERVE2050) October 6, 2020
I bet you’re already determined to avoid Yoruba landlords going forward. That’s exactly how those landlords had bad experiences too, and jumped to blame an entire tribe. Before you know it, people that haven’t had bad experiences will start harping the same. God bless Nigeria!
— dee (@i_am_dexterous) October 6, 2020
I have been in this same shoes more than 3rice. Guess what it was Igbo Landlords that rejected me….in this Lagos ooo.
Two of my fathers houses are occupied till tomorrow by Igbos oh so you know.
Nigeria no just be am. No tribe is innocent of this. None.
— Efosa (@strayflakes) October 6, 2020
As an Akwa Ibom guy, I will tell you for free
Anyone that hates Igbos, also hates anyone from the Warri to Calabar belt..
We dey same boat in their eyes..
I have seen shit, sorry you had to experience that.
— William (@_SirWilliam_) October 6, 2020
A Yoruba cab man that took me to a park in Port-Harcourt told me that Igbo and Akwa-Ibom people are the same people. When i explained, he waved it aside and say 'you people are the same'. If someone that resides in Rivers can say this, what do you say about a person in Lagos.
— Okechukwu Nwosu (@Okeytony) October 6, 2020
This na normal thing for Lagos na… If u are unmarried as a lady (Spinsters), its even worst. Most times my female friends or colleague go return man to stand an husband to be or brother etc… So its more like the norm in Lag now
— Valentine Chinyem (@valralph123) October 6, 2020
All of U saying or thinking such action is directed towards IGBO ONLY are ALL the same with the person U are accusing of been TRIBALISTIC.
I've seen 'Many Igbo' LandLords/Business Owners reject a Tenants/Applicants on account of Tribe & Religion.
Tribalism is Universal in 9ja
— YUSUF ISMA'IL (Da Funky Sheik) (@dfunkySheik) October 6, 2020
But what if it's not hatred for the tribe but as a result of past experiences with tenants from that region? I know not everyone is the same but if 2-3 people from a particular area act in a particular manner, it results to generalization.
— Rasheed (@RasheedTorriera) October 6, 2020
It's not hate, not selfish.
I have over 6 different personal and neighbors experience with the igbo's . This made my grandpa say he doesn't want igbo's anymore .. I am not saying they are bad, my best friend is igbo and most of my closest pals are.. It's just some experience.
— Gidi bobo (@tosinjones_gidi) October 7, 2020