Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has stressed that Igbos alone cannot produce a President of Igbo extraction when the time comes, adding that Igbos would need the rest of Nigerians to be able to have a President of Igbo origin who would also see himself as a Nigerian, first and foremost.
Governor Okorocha spoke while answering questions, from Journalists when he met with media chieftains in the state for an interaction weekend at the Government House Owerri, stating that it would be a foolish thought for any Igbo man eyeing the presidency of this country at any time to think that the Igbos only would make him president.
The governor also regretted that the Igbos do not honour their own even their leaders unlike what is obtainable in the other parts of the country where people honour their own and appreciate their leaders, contending that any Igbo man wanting or aspiring to achieve the feat of being the president of Nigeria one day, cannot rely on the Igbos.
He remarked, “The Igbos do not know how to honour their own. They rather like to run down any of their rising leaders. The pull-him-down syndrome is high in Igbo land. And it is very unfortunate. Anytime I come out to run for the Presidency of this country, I will not suffer pull-him-down from the North or from the South West or South South, it is only in Igbo land that I will suffer it.
“And they engage in this pull-him-down practice without knowing the overall implications on the Igbos. So, it will be out of place for an Igbo presidential aspirant at any given period to think that the Igbo will make him president because Igbos do not value their own. They don’t value what they have. But value outsiders. It is in their character. It is in their nature.”
The governor further stated “read the newspapers and go to the social media, all the insults and attacks you get are all from the Igbos. They go to any length to run you down without caring about your good intentions and all the efforts being made to see that things work out fine for the people of the area. It is a problem. It didn’t start today. Go down the memory lane you discover that the pull-him-down syndrome in Igboland didn’t start today”.
On the DSS action at the National Assembly, the governor said “we have never had it this bad in the face off between the executive and the legislature. It is unfortunate. People took the humility and sincerity of purpose of President Muhammadu Buhari for granted. Usually no president or governor would sit down and watch a speaker that he has not supported to emerge”.
He added “But this is the first time in the history of Nigeria’s politics with regard to the National Assembly that the President said that whoever you like, you can make your leader, I don’t care. That’s the consequences of such action, which is humility taken too far. In democracy even in America, a president must directly or indirectly have a say or try to lobby for whom can partner with him from the legislative arm of government.”
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