The first time the white man stepped into the Igbo heartland, long before our people were forcefully conjoined in what has today come to be known as Nigeria, they met a society that had law and order .
They met a people whose culture, omenala , law and honest Republican system of governance created a nation that had no need for prisons, accommodation and celebrations of rogues/roguery and who understood clearly the meaning of honour, dignity and aru (abomination).
According to Engineer Ezeogu….
“By their own written account,…classified and hidden in their Archives….. the colonial masters confirmed they met no destitutes, beggers, thieves, deviants, crime/criminals, prostitutes, prisons etc in igboland when they first arrived primarily because everyone was accommodated in marriage”.
The Igbo society then , despite some of our cultural shortcomings had a robust justice system that provided equity, fairness and excellence in the handling of affairs of the communities.
I grew up under a grand father and grand mother, who lived up to 103 and 105 years. Grand father who died in the 80s at the ripe age of 103 and a grand mother, who died in 2001 at the age of 105. I lived under a late father, a great custodian of omenala , who died at the age of 72 in 2015. So, I do not write out of ignorance. I sat under their tutelage and learnt first hand honest accounts of what decency, honesty, excellence, justice, equity and fairness was like in Ala Igbo before some of us decided to import the evil cultures of other societies into Ala Igbo .
When I read the silly argument of people, who ignorantly and blanketingly paint every Igbo business man with the tar brush of roguery and classify them all as greedy money mongers and gamers of the system, I feel like puking.
If your father , mother , grand mothers , grand fathers, kits and kins are part of these people, who have imbibed this evil cut throat cultures of always killing, cheating and dabbling into all manner of criminality just to game the system please call them out and clean up your acts . Dont imagine that everyone and family are like you and your kits/kins .
For me and my own, we are chips of the old blocks, who still appreciate and understand who and what a true blooded Igboman should always be . Our Omenala and ways of lives abhor ochu, aru and embrace of criminality and murder .
May God help us to regain our identity and live as the true noble race God created us to be . Shinning the great light of Chukwu Okike Abiama for others to see and follow
Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka OBIARAERI, FICA