Written by Peter Ekekwe
Unfortunately the truth hurts .
The Yorubas built Alliance for Democracy (AD) into a formidable political party. They coalesced into a strong political block and is able to negotiate at the center as a strong entity. They never wasted their energy agitating for Oduduwa Republic. The few strong calls, instead, for a True Federation came from them.
The North built PDP and when they lost grip of the structure, they coalesced into CPC and used the platform to achieve the Buhari presidency. To do this , the North had to negotiate with the Yorubas who had a strong political block and the result is the clear.
Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu, a visionary and purpose driven Igbo leader formed APGA and we mocked him. What he saw ahead we still cannot see now, even with the clear writing on the wall. We frittered away an opportunity to build a strong block and take our stand in the polity.
The likes of Peter Obi who rode on Ojukwus back to fame , abandoned ship as soon as Ojukwu died and pitched tent with PDP. Reason? Selfishness QED. For those who do not know or who know but choose to live in denial, the senseless agitation for Biafra has set the Igbos back- years back. Every gain made after the war, we have just thrown away. Lagos State in the past 14 or so years had an Igbo man as Commissioner for Finance and later Economic Planning. Rivers State had a Commissioner of Igbo speaking clan. Today in the House of Representatives are Igbo speaking people representing Lagos State. Whoever thinks these are not achievements should define the word for me again. In all these , an Eastern Governor, will be crucified if he attempts appointing another Easterner, not from his State into the State Executive.
Igbos rule the economies of the South West , South South and to a good extent, the North. We have never been a people dependent on Government to do things for us. Governments depend on us. We are a hard working people, found in all corners of the country . We are not beggars and never will be.
Let the lazy few, get themselves engaged in meaningful activities and the results will come. Begging for money to start a war is not an occupation. No group has a greater Stake in the Nigerian project than Ndigbo and NOTHING will change that.