I listened to a first-class economics graduate, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the current governor of Anambra State during the last Channel TV interview, I did not only shed tears, but I pitied Igbo nation.
I pity the Igbo nation not because we are not an enterprising people or good people but because some of us are like a crocodile that eats it’s own eggs. If you recall in 1979 late Senator Chuba Okadigbo was used as a buffer by Shehu Shagari to cast aspersions on Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. Okadigbo refers to Azikiwe’s speech as the “ranting of an ant”. We know how Okadigbo ended.
In 1983, Onwudiwe was used by NPN to deny Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu the senatorial seat. He referred to Ojukwu as a “prodigal son.” We all know what happened to Onwudiwe.
In 1999, Orji Uzor Kalu worked against Alex Ekwueme in PDP presidential primary in Jos. We know how Kalu’s career nosedived. His political relevance to the Igbo nation was eclipsed. He is now an errand boy to Hausa/Fulani oligarchy.
We are all conversant about how the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma and his counterpart in Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, respectively, became willing tools in the hands of Buhari’s government. First, Uzodinma is fighting for his political survival in Imo State. Also, what happened to Umahi at the Eagle Square, the venue of APC’s presidential primary, was an eye-opener. It should have served as a deterrent to men and women whose stock in trade is envy, jealousy, envy, avarice, selfishness, and wickedness and pull him down.
So, when Prof Soludo utters those words against Peter Obi. I was not surprised. It was a curse syndrome placed on the Igbo man. We lost civil war because of betrayal.
Nnamdi Kanu is incarcerated today because of betrayal. Some part of Imo state is no-go areas because of betrayal. An Igbo man can kill his parents because of money.
NdiIgbo cannot speak with one voice because of “Nkari,” mantra. An Igbo man loves division, fragmentation and small relevance in his cubicle. Collective voices is only a lipservice, okwuo ozo eme ozo. That is why other ethnic groups do not take us serious, because they know there is a willing tool to do the damage once power and money is involved.
In every nook and corners, wherever an Igbo man lives there is always mushrooms clubs, organisations and associations springing up. They are not there to foster unity and coexistence but as a gang and unit to project selfish interests of themselves. Just pray you are not a victim of their clandestine and nocturnal night gossip.
All I pray is that this infectious disease did not possess you. It is an ailments that has made an Igbo man a tool against his brother. He is ready to do anything to see the downfall of his brother. He doesn’t want his brother to rise above him.
He is interested in his own ego and relevance. But their downfall comes so quickly. Whatever that happened in the secret will one day be in an open.
When it was alleged that Soludo was behind Peter Obi leaving PDP, his spin doctors dismissed it as a work of detractors. But Soludo’s envy became a public knowledge. My take on all these salient issues are whatever we plan for others in the secret, we shall rip it.
Everyone is created differently. We can’t paint someone badly because we don’t like him or we are not in accord with him. When you speak unfavourably against your brother, the same people will laugh at you.
Imagine what the Hausa/Fulani and Yoruba will be saying about Soludo. In public, they will hail him, but in private, he is a Judas. The same fate that happened to Umahi when they dumped him will happen to Soludo and his likes.
Azukaoma Uche Osakwe is a medical doctor based in Dublin. You may reach him on LinkedIn.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.