Igbos, who have often blamed the Federal Government for the backwardness in the South East, have been told that they have no one but themselves to blame for their woes.
Former Abia State Governor and businessman, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, said in the recent edition of The Interview: “Igbos are their own worst enemies.”
Kalu said a number of the elite in the region are not only selfish, they also get their politics wrong.
“Let me tell you,” he said in an emotion-laden voice, “there were more problems between (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola than there were between me and TA (Theodore Ahamefule Orji).
“But it is the discipline of the Yorubas that kept them at bay.
“Igbos have no discipline in terms of politics.
“They are very good traders; they’re good in anything they do, but they don’t understand politics.”
Kalu was referring to the fractured relationship between Tinubu and Fashola in the latter’s second term as governor of Lagos State and comparing it to his own internecine war with his successor, Theodore A. Orji, which led to the extinction of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, the party he founded.
In the interview, described by the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, as “the political equivalent of the ogbunigwe (Biafran improvised explosives)”, Kalu illustrated his point with a conversation he claimed to have had with President Muhammadu Buhari, who wondered aloud why previous high profile Igbo appointees had done nothing for the region.
Kalu also spoke on the agitation for a state of Biafra and the travails of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu; his relationship with former President Ibrahim Babangida and former Governor Ikedim Ohakim; the recent statement of former Governor Peter Obi; and allegations that while he governed Abia State for eight years, his mother ruled.
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