Taming aggression

Trigger happy people are nightmare to anyone around them as they are always ready kill, loot and burn.


Naturally, Wednesday fight in Ife caught my attention after all we are the closest pals.

From all different variations of the story that led to the killing of over two dozen people, I do not find one that is strong enough to justify the loss of lives and properties.

In all of the versions I heard/read, the fight started between a woman and a man. The husband involved to fight his wife’s corner.

So the version that sounds reasonable to me goes thus. A lady was mistaken for an olosho (working girl) in Sabo, Ile Ife. The said lady was assaulted when she responds to the guy who was trying to get her attention angrily. The lady left the scene to report the unfair treatment to her husband. The husband took offence, went to meet the guy who had laid hand on his wife, he carried along with him his work mates (NURTW).


Sabo area in Ile Ife being in the heart of the city, has a buzzing evening market for suya, roast corn etc. The fight started at this market on Tuesday evening.

Logically one would ask, how on earth do we end up on another killing spree to resolve an issue like this ? It does not add up.

Nigeria newspapers reported this incidence as Yoruba vs Hausa so many people decided to see this as We vs Them issue. Nigeria newspapers say death toll on both sides is 10 people. Locally people say victims were more than 2 dozen people.

In addition, a church and a mosques in Sabo area were torched – just because this is what we do.  This action is always interesting to me because we claim to be highly religious but anytime there is any disagreement between two groups, religious buildings always (unfailingly) get burned. The irony.

Burning down town

I know that Ooni Ogunwusi has intervened and working closely with the state government to keep the streets safe hence the curfew 6pm to 7am from Wednesday until Monday. They have increased police presence in the area. All very commendable.

We can not always prevent every little disagreement with neighbours or workers, actually it will continue to happen but we must change our attitude to the way we react during conflict. This is 2017, looting and destroying properties regardless of whose properties they are should be condemned, we all know how hard it is to accumulate wealth, to see one’s own properties being looted and homes razed to the ground should never be accepted way to revenge.

We have been through this so many times and it is shameful that perpetrators still get away with this.


Given the location of this area, damage to the area will be visible to many travellers passing through town for many months to come (except if miracle happens) So tell me who is going to be ‘giddy up’ happy to invest in a town with long history of vandalism that we are all trying to repair and forget (still there) and now this one.

As we say, Who is doing whom? 

I know that Ooni Ogunwusi is working hard to unite the area. It is a massive work, I wish him wisdom and strength.

It is never a good time to have public disturbance. Ooni Ogunwusi is due to start his 12 day visit to London tomorrow for his global outreach program meeting with people, preaching peace and reminding us of home. And this happened a few days a go.

If I were Ooni Ogunwusi, I will cancel this trip and delegate my chief,  Obalufe to attend all meetings on my behalf. No buts or ifs. I will stay put until the curfew is lifted to re assure people and to reiterate the message of peaceful coexistence.


12 thoughts on “Taming aggression

  1. Dear Folakemi,

    Pardon me, I was not aware of this until I read your post but so is life in Nigeria that one could miss close-by happenings whike one is on top of events a world away.

    First, JCO, the Nigerian or non-Nig who generalizes that all blacks are mindlessly violent: hey, Mr./Miss/…yours is definitely an uninformed opinion, I dare say, if events that unfold on television worldwhile or those in the news about killing sprees in America are anything to go by.

    Now, as for Ife’s endless strife that is forever resulting in destruction AND killings, I think the Ooni needs to do more at finding ways of putting an end to these: the Ife/Modakeke variety as well as others.

    I am no sociologist nor psychologist but I believe the trauma on people through pauperisation especially the masses through the pronounced corruption of those who have ruled country, especially since the return to civil rule is so much that people are always ready to explode at the slightest provocation and/or misunderstanding.

    At local markets, I see people – especially women to women – get into serious altercations over inconsequential remarks, pricing, slighte, et cetera. Market places are even noisier – as far as my ears can tell – than way in the past.

    Again, I’m no mental health person but I notice the growing incivility and lack of patience in another country where I spend substantial time, the USA where people will pull guns at traffic stops and even kill for being “slighted”.

    This forum has done a whole lot in shining light on Nigerian problems for quite a while, and I believe blog visitors’ responsibility is to read, enjoy as occasions call for, contribute by making suggestions when we are capable of such rather than making generic remarks that offer no solutions but pit people against each other.

    Thanks, Folakemi, for this. I think those in government can do much to bring these violent tendencies to an end or, at least, reduce them by allocating funds to programs rather than the scorched-earth governance that pervades the length and width of Nigeria.

    My regards, as always,

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    1. Thank you Mrs Adenle. It seems the state and Ooni are working to get to the bottom of this. Whatever the outcome is will set a tone for future events.

      I think people have always try to be civil for the fear of been seen as an outsider who may not have enough knowledge of subject matter but in reality, I think challenges that we all suffer in our different communities have similar roots i.e economic hardship, lack of trust in government/law enforcement etc – these all feed into intolerance.
      I love to hear from people of different nationalities/creed as many people are going/have gone through similar challenges and have found a way out of it. I don’t want to moderate everything that people say, (even if they disagree with me) especially when it was said in the heat of moment and that the subsequent lines show their points.

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    2. Emotan77, I’m sorry you took exception to a widely held belief that I stated before.

      In the Europe, US and Asia blacks are perceived as being violent.

      In Nigeria, riots and mindless destruction are not unfamiliar – so I fail to see how that was incorrect. If you mean I said ALL black people are violent, this is not was meant. That is the widely held belief though amongst non-blacks.

      It is true I’m not on the ground in Nigeria like you, but Nigeria is no stranger to violence and mayhem. There are other ways of registering one’s grievance(s) other than by burning down the place and killing innocent people. Many of the innocent are just as poor if not poorer than the perpetrators – so poverty is no excuse.


      1. Thanks, JCO, and there’s no need to express apologies. My opinions have not much to do with being “on the ground” because if, at all, not being “on the ground” should shape one’s thinking more than those who have not much contact with the Western world. Mine, like yours, are shaped by years in the past that continue to the present of stereotypical thinking by people from countries you’ve referenced.

        We must not allow others to define for us who we are. THEY – all those people,- must be taken individually, that is, based on their countries. People in different countries of Europe, for example i in my opinion based on information we all read and see on television from around the world, are LESS violent than Americans.

        A Nigerian is less-likely to want to resolve his/her anger by picking up a matchete than an American. Even within a country, I believe there are differences because people are shaped by their environments. PLEASE, I do not need an answer to this question; it’s hypothetical: of Nigeria’s various nationalities that falsely parade as one nation, who do you think would first pick up a knife, a matchete, a gun … to send his/her fellow citizen to the world beyond – Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa …?

        Please Mr. JCO (I’m sure you’re a man), let’s not accept unwarranted and unsubstantiated labels that others slap on us; it’s slavery of another sort.

        My regards thru this medium on which you participate actively.


  2. It’s simply crazy how a situation escalates into a dangerous affair and it does seem as if the country is a keg of gunpowder waiting on who will just light the match.
    Every little opportunity becomes an extreme case of violence and mayhem.

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  3. Mindless violence is what black people are known for, Nigeria (whichever state is no exception). It is relatively easy to destroy when compared to the long time and effort to create and build anything. People don’t think, now we at allegedly 24 dead people all because the husband decided to put his ego above the well being of the town and the lives of others – this is the result!!! Was it worth it, definitely not. Those who were involved in the dispute should be arrested and taught how to resolve disputes amongst themselves. This is the 21st Century we are living in, it’s time to grow up.


    1. I know jco but here for some reason I thought we should know better…

      I read on the state website that Aregbesola promised he’ll fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice. I know we could if we wanted to, these guys’ videos during the act are all over social media, so can’t be too hard.

      I actually think this is a test for the new Ooni to see what his plans are for trouble makers.


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