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INNOSSON VS GTBank THIS ETHNIC THING AGAIN!!!!

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Today I feel sad writing this and I know I risk the ire of some people.

It’s on this issue of GTBank and Innosson. Suddenly the matter has taken a curve and suddenly its being cited as another “attack” against the Igbos. Suddenly there is a war cry: All Igbos must close their GTB accounts and move them to Diamond and Fidelity. Suddenly, with the lapse of the last “Biafra” episode, another opportunity has been presented for another macabre dance.

I don’t know Innosson. Neither do I have any relationship with GTBank. I have had time to read what reportedly transpired and without prejudice, GTBank appears to have acted inappropriately like all our banks do. On the other hand, GTBank has alleged that Innosson presented false import papers etc. I can see a transaction that went awry, but no tribal targeting.

And at any rate, to those chanting the tribal song, even if we were to agree with you for an insane moment, where were you when GTBank, a “Yoruba” bank loaned that large amount to Innosson? Why didn’t he get the money from supposedly “Igbo” banks like Diamond and Fidelity?

When the relationship was good, no one sang any tribal song!

I recall the noisy case of GTBank and the late Arisekola. Given Arisekola’s prominence, shouldn’t we have said it was an attack against the Yorubas by the same GTBank? By now it must be clear that the owners of GTBank are natives of Mars and not Nigeria !!!

Truth is there is nothing tribalistic about this matter. I see a bank that has not acted too well in spite of court orders. I see a bank attempting to take advantage of a Nigerian businessman. These things did not happen because the owner of Innosson is Igbo. People forget that GTBank has many major Igbo shareholders.

I call on men and women of goodwill. Nigerians from the East, West, North and South. Let’s join forces and rally against this nonsense which sadly is being sponsored by supposedly educated people. Let’s blame GTBank if they have behaved inappropriately. Let Innosson continue to approach the Law for relief. Let’s rally behind Innosson as a proudly Nigerian enterprise and not because the owner is Igbo.

AND FOR GOD’s SAKE AND THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION LET THE SPONSORS OF THIS “ANTI IGBO” SHAME STOP IT.

By LOLU AKINWUNMI

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