Sunday, August 17, 2008
EASTERN GOVERNORS AT ASO ROCK!
From left to right of the screen, Abia State's Theodore Orji, Anambra State's Peter Obi, Ebonyi State's Martin Elechi, Enugu State's Sullivan Chime and Imo State's Ikedi Ohakim and they all went to see the president on behalf of Ndi-Igbo! Eastern States governors of the federal republic of Nigeria! Why, one may ask? To touch base with the presidency and remind the occupant therein at Aso rock, that the Igbos of Biafra are still part of Nigeria; as it seems that the president by his actions this far, has forgotten and needs to be reminded that Biafra is still only a dream!
Are the Igbos of Biafra still recognized by the other stake-holders of Nigeria as still an integral part of the clobbered-together Nigeria experiment? May be it takes a visit by all the governors of core Igbo States to amplify that to Umaru Yar"Adua. Why must it then take a visit by the governors of Eastern Nigeria for a sick Umaru Yar'Adua to be reminded of the need for his illegitimate government to address some of the militating issues affecting the people of Eastern Nigeria despite the overwhelming outcry? Why is it that the rest constituents of the geographical tripod do not need to traverse the country to Aso Rock to prostrate before Umaru Yar"Adua in order to secure what they are otherwise entitled to? Why is this humiliation the exclusive reserve of Eastern Nigeria?
It is highly commendable that these governors of Eastern Nigeria are now beginning to speak with one voice, harnessing the power and strength of unity of purpose; we the people at Icheoku pray that they make unison the key to achieving anything meaningful within the Nigeria political context! Icheoku further says that the best thing these political players in Igboland will do at this stage, is to start now, to groom a candidate who they consider viable enough for president come 2016; when it will be the turn of the south east to mount the saddle at Aso Rock and run the affairs of the nation. All the pilgrimage to Aso Rock notwithstanding, if come 2016 there is no credible Igbo candidate for the office of the presidency, then all this junketing would have come to naught. First the Igbos, led by their governors must be ready to produce the next president of Nigeria; secondly, they must choose a viable candidate to stand for the highest office in the land whom they will present to Nigeria in 2016. Therefore, the single most ricocheting question is, will the Igbo governors be able to pick a candidate for the Igbos as Igbo Presidential candidate in 2016? That and only that should be the single most important preoccupation of the governors of Eastern Nigeria, as Aso Rock visits will not necessarily produce the much desired result since the rest of Nigerians are still waging a cold-war with the Igbo peoples of Biafra. The rest of Nigeria have been making concerted effort at depriving the Biafran Igbo nation of whatever amenities or infrastructures that may be accruing to them, including their petulant refusal to rebuild the decaying River Niger bridge among other deprivations! Enough should be enough and it is about time the Igbos cease and desist from going cap in hand and on their knees to Aso Rock to beg for what is rightfully theirs; after-all they are at the moment still bona fide Nigerians equally entitled to all benefits accruable to other Nigerians. On this note, Icheoku says to the pilgrim-governors of Eastern Nigeria, please start now to do your preliminary auditioning of Igbo candidates from which a real and fanatical representative of the Igbo interest shall be chosen come 2016. Such a candidate must be an Igbo to the core and whose "Igboness" is not in anyway doubtful and who will effectively represent the Igbo interest and will courageously bring to the Biafran Igbo area, their own overdue dividends of democracy. The Yoruba have developed Lagos and the Hausa/Fulani has developed Abuja Icheoku says Enugu needs to be equally developed as a mega Igbo city. Were Icheoku to suggests possible candidates, they include former senate president Ken Nnamani, former presidential assistant Andy Uba, former Abia State governor Orji Kalu and the current NAFDAC chairwoman Dora Akunyili ( see earlier post "aso rock igbo man" ) Lastly like the blacks in America's fanatical support of Barack Obama's candidacy, will that chosen candidate be a crowd-pleaser of the Igbo nation to motivate them into defending his cause, their cause? Will that candidate be the one? WIll he or she be the one the whole Igbo Baifrans were excitedly waiting for? Will that candidate be the Igbo son or daughter in whom the Igbos are well pleased? To summarise, the one million dollar question remains, when 2016 finally arrives, will you guys, the governors of Biafran Igbo Eastern States of Nigeria be ready with a viable Igbo presidential candidate to present to Nigeria in unison? Icheoku says you better be as the stakes will never be higher!