Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has revealed that the North will keep on winning elections in Nigeria, without the Igbos.
Okorocha made this revelation in Owerri, during an interactive session with top Media Practitioners.
He stressed that Hausas had realized that they can win an election without the Igbos.
He said: “Igbos have to change their
strategy, in order to reclaim their relevance in Nigeria’s power
equation. Quote me anywhere, Igbos play the worst politics in Nigeria.
“Today, Hausas have realised they can win an election without Igbos.”
“Hitherto, Hausas used to think they could not win elections without Igbo.
“Now, they believe with the combined
massive populations of Lagos and Kano, they no longer need Igbos to win,
hence, the latest alliance between Hausas and Yorubas.
“So, where are Igbos today in Nigerian politics?” he asked rhetorically.
“I’ve always said Igbos have this
feeling of abandonment. IPOB would have made better impact, if they had
operated under any other name other than Biafra, to push their demand
for equity in sharing of the nation’s political and economic resources.
The call for secession was childish.
“IPOB should have fought their struggle, like the Niger Delta youths, Arewa youths, and Yoruba group.
“Who is Nnamdi Kanu to ask Rochas to follow him to war?
“Check it out, no Hausa man living in
the South-East owns a duplex, neither can you see a Yoruba man who lives
in a room and parlour apartment of his own or an investment worth N20
“But, should Nigeria break up today,
Igbos will lose trillions in properties and other investments in Lagos,
the North, and other parts of the country. This is why we all must
condemn IPOB’s call for break up.”
“The South-South has produced a
President, the South-West has produced a President and Vice President,
while the North has produced many Presidents.
“By political calculation, it was
expected that very soon, Igbos would have a chance to produce the
President, but the same Igbos want to break away from Nigeria. Where is
“Regrettably, IPOB activities has
created fears in the minds of Hausas and other ethnic nationalities in
the country, that once Igbo becomes President, they would secede.
“So, where are we? This is why I said
IPOB were childish in their struggle. We should all condemn the call for
secession, because if Nigeria breaks up, Igbos will lose.”