Ndigbo have been advised to remain resolute in their bid to take their appropriate position in the Nigerian project, as well as resist all attempts by any person, group or circumstances, aimed at scuttling this position. John Nnia Nwodo, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President The former Imo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Alex Obi, gave the advice when he spoke to journalists on a number of national issues in Owerri.
“I urge Ndigbo not to be cowed by any person, group or circumstances, in their bid take their rightful position in Nigeria”, Obi said. It was also the considered opinion of the Nbaise born politician that nobody should intimidate Ndigbo with memories of the civil war, which he said ended 48 years ago. “Enough is enough. There is no doubt that Ndigbo are not only major stakeholders in Nigeria, but should also be treated as such”, Obi said.
He expressed regret that “Ndigbo have been severally shortchanged in the past”, due to what he called “ignorance and greed on the part of those who claim to represent them as leaders”. Explaining his position further, Dr. Obi said: “These class of leaders practise politics of individualism and bread and butter. By this token, they were enticed with contracts and powerless appointments. For now, anybody wanting Igbo votes must negotiate for it.”
Answering a question, Obi, who has dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, passionately appealed to Ndigbo to come together, like their counterparts in the Northern South Western States. “Ndigbo can take a cue from Anambra State and improve on their welfare. The government and people of Anambra State have been working together and investing massively in infrastructure, industries, agriculture, education and other sectors, without making noise”, Obi said.