“By political calculation, it was expected that very soon, Igbo would have a chance to produce the president, but, the same Igbo want to break away from Nigeria. Where is our wisdom?”
According to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Igbos will lose properties and other investments worth trillions, if Nigeria splits.
Governor Okorocha has allegedly criticized the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says the pro-Biafra group would have operated not in the name of Biafra.
The Governor alleged that IPOB activities have raised panic in the minds of Hausa and other Ethnic groups.
Relating with Newsmen in Owerri, Okorocha said; “Check it out, no Hausa man living in the South East owns a duplex neither can you see a Yoruba man who lives in a room and parlor apartment of his own or an investment worth N20 million.
But, should Nigeria break up today, Igbos will lose trillions in properties and other investments in Lagos, the North and other parts of the country. This is why we all must condemn IPOB’s call for break up.
IPOB should have fought their struggle like the Niger Delta youths, Arewa youths and Yoruba group.
Regrettably, IPOB activities have created fears in the minds of Hausa and other ethnic nationalities in the country that, once Igbo becomes president, they would secede.”
He further declared that the Igbos are not good in the Nigerian Politics.
He advised: “Igbos have to change their strategy, in order to reclaim their relevance in Nigeria’s power equation. Quote me anywhere, Igbos play the worst politics in Nigeria.
The South South has produced a President, the South West has produced a President and vice President while the North has produced many Presidents.
By political calculation, it was expected that very soon, Igbo would have a chance to produce the president, but, the same Igbo want to break away from Nigeria. Where is our wisdom?
So, where are we? This is why I said IPOB were childish in their struggle. We should all condemn the call for secession because if Nigeria breaks up, Igbos will lose.
Hitherto, Hausa used to think they could not win elections without Igbo.
Now, they believe with the combined massive populations of Lagos and Kano, they no longer need Igbos to win, hence, the latest alliance between Hausa and Yoruba.
So, where is Igbo today in Nigerian politics?
Today, Hausas have realised they can win an election without Igbos.”
He added: “I’ve always said Igbo have this feeling of abandonment. IPOB would have made better impact if they had operated under any other name other than Biafra, to push their demand for equity in sharing of the nation’s political and economic resources. The call for secession was childish.
Who is Nnamdi Kanu to ask Rochas to follow him to war?
Governor Rochas re-affirmed his believe for one Nigeria.