Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko , Secretary: Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) and Founder: Igbo Youth Movement( IYM) and as called on all Ndigbo to rally round the winner of the Owerri Ohaneze election, Professor George Obiozor and disassociate themselves from calls to embarrass the Igbos because of jostle for 2023 presidency.
According to him, time has come for the truth to be told. Those grovelling and grumbling characters should kindly shut up and rally round the winner of the Owerri election and stop embarrassing Ndigbo.
They must realise that Igbo masses are merely tolerating them and therefore, shouldn’t push their luck too far, he added.
“They ought to know that the only wise thing to do now is to place group interest above self interest and rally round Prof George Obiozor. Creating factions up and down and ruining the future of the younger generation in their insatiable greed for power, will definitely earn them the wrath of Igbo youths”.
He said for close to five decades, Igbo elite and political class have unsuccessfully struggled to carry the masses of Ndigbo along in the quest for group identity in Nigeria. Reason: because, they have been trading away the rights and future of Ndigbo for peanuts and crumbs for decades,adding that Ndigbo and Igboland have suffered a great deal of neglect and denial due to the greed and selfishness of Igbo leaders over the years.
“Igbo elders and leadership cadre consistently bungled every opportunity to earn the trust of the people, by greedily placing their self interest over and above group interest. Early in this new year 2021, they have not disappointed. Same old song of greed and endless internal squabbles .
According to him the election of officers into the Ohanaeze leadership, has once again exposed the selfishness and self centered attitude of some Igbo political and contractor class, that is largely responsible for the abysmal performance of Ndigbo in the power play in the larger Nigerian playfield.
Ukoh said failed politicians are creeping out of their crevices to aspire leading Ndigbo, probably after entering into discreet deals with their Northern masters, all for 2023 elections.
Said he :”First of all, all the sudden interest and bickering is purely about 2023 elections and not about the love of Ndigbo nor readiness or commitment to make sacrifices for Ndigbo. Secondly, most of the actors making noise are actually shameless vassals and agents of external political forces.
“Lastly, they should be told in no uncertain terms, to shut up and stop disturbing the peace of Igboland forthwith, as nobody is fooled by their nauseating pretentious shenanigans.
“Disturbing the peace of Igboland, bickering over Ohanaeze elections and splitting themselves into three factions of desperate political hustlers, is nauseating and a clear confirmation that they do not give a hoot about Igbo interest and Igbo unity.
“”For decades, over 80% of Ndigbo have remained disappointed with and suspicious of some Igbo leaders and their endless gambits, especially with the precarious condition of Ndigbo in Nigeria. Now same Igbo leaders who expect respect and support from the people, want to break Ohanaeze into 3 factions. What example are they setting for their children? Sad.
“It is disheartening to note that these elders seem unaware that the younger generation of Ndigbo are completely tired and frustrated with their self centered hustling that has brought Ndigbo only humiliation and disrespect.
“Finally, nobody is begging them. They are rather, being ordered to shut up, if they know what is good for them and rally round the winner of the Owerri Ohanaeze elections, to prepare for the task ahead, unless of course they have been pretending all along about their South East Presidency Project and the restructuring agenda.
“”They have wreaked enough havoc in Igboland, now they are gearing up to destroy the future of Igbo youths. They should take their time. They are trying hard to provoke Igbo youths, who are already seething with subdued anger. I may not be kind enough to warn the power mongers again. This statement serves as last warning.”