I THINK Femi Falana’s well-argued piece on the on-going hysteria in the face of the forced repatriation of 72 Nigerians of Anambra state origin, by the Babatunde Fashola administration in Lagos, has been the most informed analysis of the core issues so far.
While representatives of both sides of the deportations locked themselves into a frenzy of heightening ethnic jingoism and posturing to extract political mileage, with an eye to the 2015 elections, Femi Falana provided a convincing historical tour-de-force, about the use of internal deportations of Nigerians as a weapon of political and security control.
Falana also laid bare the CLASS CONTENT and CONSEQUENCES of these deportations. But knowing the warped nature of Nigerian ruling class politics and the opportunistic content of the actions of members of the political elite, it comes as no surprise, that they have been successful in reducing the unfolding scenario to a deadpan rehash of old inter-elite rivalries that were played out on the turfs of ethnicity.
So almost on cue, the most chauvinistic vermin crawled out of the darkest crevice of ethnic jingoism. The action of the Lagos administration became elasticized into a demonstration of the hatred that the Yoruba had always allegedly had for the Igbo.