Igbos should unite to achieve presidency
The Igbo are ubiquitous; they are everywhere. In the remotest villages, the farthest part of the earth, North Pole, down under, all over the world, into anything, commerce, transport, drugs, producing the best brain, and so on, you’ll find them there.
Despite producing the current Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, after 50 years of Nigeria independence, the Igbo still demand more. But they are not complaining too loudly.
Igbo names are synonymous with commerce, ruggedness, affluence, wealth. The Igbo that produced Emeka Emeagwali, Barth Nnaji, Emeka Anyaoku, Dora Akuyili, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alvan Ikoku,Augustine Ilodibe, Sir Loius Ojukwu, among other distinguished sons, should be respected.
A tribe regarded as the most industrious on the continent of Africa, Igbo on the other hand means different things to other tribes in Nigeria. Igbo means cheat, make-money-at- all-cost, advanced fee frauds, drug baron, armed robbery, human trafficking, anything dirty, the ultimate goal — wealth!
Known for displaying wealth, the Igbo maybe seen to some to worship wealth and affluence.
The number of cars you parade increases your standing in society; they love chieftaincy titles. In an environment consumed by gully erosion, bad roads networks, the Igbo nation has the worst road network in Nigeria, no thanks to bad leadership. In over 50 years of Nigeria as a nation, Igbo have never held the exalted office of the President and Commander-in-Chief, except for the brief period of General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi.
Many reasons can be adduced for this, but a giveaway is what is known in local parlance that Igbo could and should not be trusted. And successive administrations have cashed in on this by appointing an Igbo as Minister of Information.
A Yoruba adage says: Omo ina la ran si’na, which literally means: To subdue fire, you have to use its counterpart. From the first republic to the sixth and during the military era, Igbo were handed the job of Minister of Information.
The 2007 elections [selections] were supervised, signed, sealed and delivered by an Igbo. And it was the last straw that broke the Igbo’s quest of becoming Nigeria president, parading 15 or thereabout presidential candidates from the same ethnic nationality contesting for one position.
The Presidency will continue to elude the Igbo unless they come together. The Igbo are easily disorganised politically, ‘settle’ them and they forget their ambitions.
If current trend persists, I foresee a situation when the Igbo will never, never, never have a shot at Nigeria’s highest political office.
The Igbo’s woes are self-inflicted; to turn things round, they should begin by putting a stop to pointing fingers of blame at the North or the South-West for these woes.
The Igbo cannot afford to continue to weep; rather they should brace up and reverse the trend, and make the prospect of a President of Igbo extraction a reality in 2015. A word is enough for the wise!