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Ndigbo: Politics is all about permanent interest


I recently saw the wanton insults piled on ex-governor Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) by mostly the young generation of Ndigbo on his facebook page and instantaneously developed more pity for this generation of Ndigbo. What are the grievous offences of OUK that warranted such unrestrained vituperations?
1. Because he joined the APC. 2. Because he pleaded with Ndigbo to believe in one Nigeria and support this present government for the development of our region.

The Niger Deltans that were directly affected by the loss of the 2015 presidential election have for long buried whatever hatchets/angers they were wielding and aligned with the government at the centre in other to attract development to their region. Onye mere ndi Igbo ihea (who did this to the Igbo) is a big question begging for answer.


The same Igbos crying to the world that the government at the centre is marginalizing them are still the same Igbo restricting their people from having anything to do with the government at the centre. If we restrict our people from aligning with the government at the centre, who is going to channel our problems to the government?

Who is going to protect, present and ensure that our interests are treated fairly? The Igbo of old generally believe in the truth – they believed that ezi okwu bu ndu (truth is life).

It is unworthy to note that a chunk of the new generation of Igbo the value those who masturbate their emotions with heaps of lies than those who tell them the unadulterated truth. In my numerous writings previously, I carefully enumerated the merits of fighting for a one Nigeria and the demerits of fighting for secession.

The Igbos stand to gain a lot in Nigeria if we fight hard to have selfless political leaders that will represent our interests and not their selfish interests. Without trying to exaggerate, the Igbo have dominated virtually every business clime in Nigeria with their incontestable business prowesses.

Till this moment, Igbo are found in their great numbers in all the remote communities in Nigeria, even in the remotest villages in the volatile North East region.

We are bridge builders all over the country and the world at large. We are not just hardworking, but also responsible, intelligent and successful businesses people. It is high time the successful, responsible and intelligent Igbo come together to speak out and educate our people on the need to embrace a United Nigeria.

We must not allow the lesser number of empty noise making mediocre to dominate the larger number of the silent intellect with their high clashing noisy cymbal of secession.

What we need to crave for at this moment is for good governance and effective representation at the federal level. The Igbo have sacrificed a lot in promoting the unity of this country.


We sacrificed millions of lives, businesses, finances and properties during the civil war and uncountable post civil war crisis. We have also contributed enormously in building the economy of this country.

We have contributed enormously in growing the internally generated revenue of every single state in Nigeria. We joined in building beautiful cities and towns across other regions in this country without nursing the thoughts that we came from other region.

Those asking our people to relinquish our years of hard labour in this country because of their selfish agitation are the real enemies of the IGBO PEOPLE. We must not abandon our years of hard labour because of the selfish interest of few empty and noise making inconsequential set of people.

Nigeria is a land blessed by God with rich natural resources, diverse cultures and people, but we are yet to be blessed with leaders that will harness these blessings for the good of the citizens.

We have more than enough natural resources and people to build every region in this country. Good governance at the regional level and good representation at the federal level are all we need to build our beloved Igbo land.

This also is the vision of OUK which prompted him to align with the central government. We must desist from treating our fellow Igbo working with this government for our general good as lepers.

After all, for good six years, the previous government that we gathered all our political eggs in her basket left our region with nothing memorable to be proud of.

Ndigbo must be politically wise and vibrant now. In the history of human politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies; the only force that propels the human political horizon is the force of permanent interest.

 By Chijioke Paul, he wrote from Abuja

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