Без труда, рыбу не выловишь из пруда.
Without making any effort, you can’t catch a fish from the pond.
Omo to ba s‘ipa, ni iya e ngbe.
“The wise are instructed by reason, average mind by experience, and the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.”
“Give us a free and fair election – allow us to be fully part of
Odumegwu Ojukwu. (Ikemba of Nnewi)
Excerpt of interview given to Sun newspaper in July, 2007
“The ethnic balancing in the country has suddenly changed. We now have the three key posts in the government being manned by Northerners. We have a situation where Northerners head all the three arms of government – the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature. Yar’Adua is the President, Legbo Kutigi is the Chief Justice, and they want another northerner to be Senate President.
If you add that to the fact that both the secretary to the government of the federation (Ambassador Babagana Kingibe) and the head of service (Yayale Ahmed) are all from the North, you will realise what I am saying. We are saying the present set up is unfair to the rest of us.
We asked that we should restructure the country, but he (Obasanjo) was busy selfishly restructuring the human resources. We warned him then that his effort would be reversed within a short period. Now it has happened and it is staring all of us in the face.
I will suggest that in the interest of equity and justice, the Igbo should be allowed to produce the Senate President. They were not given neither the presidency nor the vice-presidency, and Yoruba just had eight years ruling
Some people say he merely inherited them (National Security Officer and Chief Of Staff), but I disagree. He retained them because it suits his plan. If they did not tally with his agenda, he would have rejected them. Is he saying he cannot find good hands in the entire South? That was the point Obasanjo missed during his eight-year regime on this issue of restructuring and it is a shame that he wasted the opportunity to restructure the country while the chance was there. Rather, he was busy plotting how to get a third term.
The problem of the Niger Delta will continue while lives will be generally unpleasant for all of us. We need to go back to the basics. All the regions should be sending rents and royalties to the central body not the other way round.
Unfortunately, some people in the corridors of power do not understand these things. In 2006, I delivered a paper at the World Yoruba Day in
Yinka Odumakin. Afenifere Public Relations Secretary.
excerpt of an interview given in early June, 2007.
What really went wrong?
It will be no exaggeration to assert that the contribution of Ndigbo to the development of
After the catastrophic rule of
On the other hand, as already stated in part 1 of the article, with all my respect and admiration for Ndiigbo, it is very sad to admit that they have done very little or virtually nothing in order to occupy a befitting place in Nigeria’s political structure. As far as the 2007 presidential election is concerned, the impression is that the Ndigbo really do not believe in themselves and their ability to produce
for me to solve.
Unfortunately, Ndigbo are now paying dearly for their shoddy approach or preparation for the presidential election. Out of all the major political appointments, not a single seat is occupied by anybody of Igbo extraction. The humiliation of Ndigbo in
The status of Ndigbo in
It is widely believed ( I am not claiming or asserting that it is true) that Ndigbo love money so much to the extent that they are not only ready to sell even their mothers for it, but they are as well ready to wine and dine with the devil – irrespective of the fact that the latter is guilty of pogrom against his people – as far as he (the devil) promises to give him a contract that will improve his financial standing significantly. The believe in Nigeria is that no matter what you do to an Igbo man, once you invite him to Abuja and offer a piece of the national cake, he is not only willing to forgive and forget on the spot, but could equally sell his people to you without any guilty conscience. This is really very unfortunate. If Ndigbo want to be reckoned with in
Is one supposed to put up with the bitter truth that when it comes to political dexterity, manipulations, games and intrigues, Ndigbo are no match for the “barbaric” North? Or do Ndigbo have some kind of inferiority complex when it comes to fighting for political power with the descendants of Othman Dan Fodio? Otherwise, how does one explain the fact that they did not put up any serious fight to claim what by all criteria belong to them?
Based on my objective analysis, Ndigbo committed a lot of blunders during their campaign for Aso rock. Otherwise, how does one explain the fact that Ojukwu who initially declared his presidential ambition then all of a sudden made a U turn and said that he was going to do all within his capability to deliver Ndigbo votes and the whole of S.E. to Atiku. Atiku of all people! Chineke! Tu fia kwa. Chineke e ku lejo.