The Minister of Labour and Employment,
Senator Chris Ngige, has asked the Igbos to begin to join the ruling All
Progressives Congress, APC, now, and stop wallowing in self-pity.
Ngige warned that it is only fools that would repeat the mistakes of 2015, when they “put their eggs in one basket”.
In a statement released by his Special
Assistant, Media, Nwachukwu Obidiwe, he said: “We put all our eggs in
one basket, despite clear signs we shouldn’t. We should therefore, not
allow such ill-advised investment to repeat in subsequent elections.
“My position which I passed as a caution
in that interview, is that Ndigbo should start to strategically
position themselves for 2019 and avoid a repeat of what happened in
2015. Other zones are already strategizing and we must not be caught
“Just as all reasonable politicians in
the South east accept that we played bad politics in 2015, we should
effectively put it behind us. The resilient nature of the Igbo allows no
room for self-pity. We have met greater challenges and surmounted them.
“It is for this reason that I and the
APC in the South East have been welcoming our leaders like Chief Jim
Nwobodo, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Sen. Emma Agboti, Sen. Nkechi Nwogu, Sen.
Andy Uba, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwogu- my predecessor in the Ministry of
Labour, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, former Minister of Health, former Enugu
State Governor, Sullivan Chime and host of others people who have seen
the need for this.
“However, as I said in the interview,
the bad investment of the 2105 is not enough to marginalize anybody. The
present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari does not look in
“I and other APC leaders in the South
East shall continue to make sure that the Igbo is fairly treated. Every
piece of information is not for the pages of newspapers but I wish to
re-assure that we are doing much more than eyes can see to ensure that
the South East is not left behind in the distribution of
“For example, work is going on
simultaneously on all the major federal roads in the South East; Enugu-
Onitsha, Enugu- Umuahia-Abia-Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt -Owerri,
Oba-Nnewi– Arondizuogu- Okigwe, to mention a few while Julius Berger has
been mobilized for the 2nd River Niger Bridge.
“When last did that happen in the South
East? There is also the Benin-Onitsha rail line which was not originally
in the Jonathan-PDP rail masterplan. We have included that.
“By my pedigree, as the former President
General of Aka-Ikenga for eight years, member of Ohaneze Strategic
Committee and member, Imezi Ohaneze, I will advise that our people
should cry no more over spilt milk as there is room enough to feed the
cow well and get milk in better quantity and quality. That is politics
for you. A word is enough for the wise.”