Governor Rochas Okorocha
Anayo Okolie and Nkiru Okoh
Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has charged the Ndigbo as a people to take their chance in the leadership equation of the country as the 2015 presidential election inches close.
Okorocha, who noted this during an interactive session with Ndigbo in Lagos yesterday, said it was time for Ndigbo to devise a strategy to disengage themselves from the marginalisation they have been facing in Nigeria.
According to him, there has been agitation that someone of Igbo extraction has not been President, saying “may we never have an Igbo President but may we have a President of Igbo extraction.”
He observed that Nigeria will soon be 100 years since its amalgamation in 1914 and “we want an Igbo President and there is nothing wrong with that ambition but we cannot achieve that by just sitting down, agonising, complaining and crying,” adding that: “God does not protect a man but only protect a vision in a man.”
The governor noted: “We have about 20 million people in support of Igbo Presidency, let those 20million people make friends with 20million more people, we will have an Igbo President. We must zone presidency by association and not from where you come from.
“Today, I fear there is Boko Haram, kidnapping, there is prostitution, a chaotic situation in the whole country. Show me a young boy who has engaged in Boko Haram activities and young man who has engaged in kidnapping, I will show a family that has no leadership.
“When you have the right leadership things will go well. If a football team is not doing well, fire the coach and employ a new coach who can provide adequate leadership and that football team begins to win a match. Show me a young girl who has engaged in prostitution and I will show you a mother who has refused to bring up her child in the right direction.”
“So, we have responsibilities as individual and as a nation. I want to appeal to our people to attend to their responsibilities because those of us who are too busy to raise our children in the right direction are busier than the way God wants them. I know we are all busy people but for God’s sake, can we make out time and go back home and ask how our children are being raised because that is the beginning of a society. I want to appeal to Ndigbo, while we are preparing positions, let go back and fix our home.
“Time will come when most of us seated here will not be here anymore, and the question that will be asked is what legacy has he left? The legacy of naira and kobo is no longer the right legacy. I want to appeal to all of us, let’s go back and fix our tribe. There is total neglect of our culture, total neglect of our family values, total neglect of who we are and we are gradually losing our people,” he said.
Okorocha reiterated that “Ndigbo are gradually losing their identity. The worst marginalisation is not that which seemingly comes from outside but the self-marginalisation. Ndigbo have engaged in a systematic self-marginalisation.”