I listened to a first class Economist graduate, a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and current governor of Anambra state during the last Channels TV interview I did not only shed tears but I pity Igbo nation.
I pity Igbo nation not because we are not an enterprising people or good people but because some of us are like the crocodile that eats its own eggs.
If you recalled in 1979, late Senator Okadigbo was used a buffer by Shehu Shagari to cast aspersions on Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Okadigbo refers to Azikiwe’s speech as the “ranting of an ants.” We know how Okadigbo ended.
In 1983, Onwudiwe was used by NPN to denial 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 snowdived. His political relevance to Igbo nation eclipsed. He is now an errand boy to Hausa/Fulani oligarchy.
We are all conversant with how the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma and his counterpart in Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi respectively became a willing tools in the hand of Buhari’s government.
First, Uzodinma is fighting 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 deterrent to men and women whose stock in trade is envy, jealousy, avarice, selfishness, wickedness and pull him down syndrome.
So, when Prof. Soludo uttered those words against Peter Obi, I was not surprised. It was a curse syndrome placed on 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 can kill his parents because of money. Ndigbo cannot speak with one voice because of “Nkari,” mantras. An Igbo man loves division, fragmentation and small relevance in his cubicle. Collective voices is only a lipservice, okwu 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 corner 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 doesn’t possess you. It is an ailment 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 come so quickly. Whatever 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 distractors. 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 reap it.
Everyone is created differently. We can’t paint someone bad 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 the public they will hail him but in the private he is a Judas.
Same fate that happened to Umahi when they dumped him, will happen to Soludo and his likes.
And I add… people don’t learn from history.. where is Rotimi Amaechi today after he did all, sponsored all, fought everything about Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,GEJ today, he is irrelevant and discharged because they don’t trust him.
If you can betray your brother, be ready that the same people that benefitted won’t trust you. A traitor remains a traitor in the eyes of the beneficiaries
*Dr Azukaoma Uche Osakwe, writes for#punchingholes