Cases of injustice against Igbos are self Inflicted- Peter Obi

– Peter Obi has said that marginalization experienced by Igbos are self-inflicted – The former governor of Anambra said most governors of the southeast miss out on certain crucial meetings that has to do with the welfare of their people – Obi has reportedly endorsed Dr Chike Obidigbo for the 2017 Anambra state governorship – Members of Arochukwu/Ohafia constituency have revealed why they seem quiet over the fate of Nnamdi Kanu The ex-governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has said that most of the injustices and marginalization alleged to have been meted on Ndigbo in Nigeria were self-inflicted. Obi made the disclosure in Awka, the Anambra state Capital during the grand reunion of Osisiona Foundation founded by Dr Chike Obidigbo, former All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), gubernatorial aspirant in the state. He (Obi) said that Igbos chose to be spectators than getting into the mainstream of seat of power, where the national cake is being shared, declaring that if one was not where the cake is being shared nobody will remember you. Ex-governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi has said Igbos are partially guilty of the marginalization they claim. Breaking Times reports that the former governor noted that most governors of the southeast don’t attend relevant meetings and when they attend they do not have patience to stay in such meetings. The former governor who was intermittently cheered by his supporters at the occasion said that as APGA Governor, there was no governor who got more than him from the centre when he superintended Anambra state. He said in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), no state except Gombe State, apparently, where the woman in charge hails from, got more than Anambra State. While endorsing Dr Obidigbo for the 2017 Anambra state gubernatorial race, the former governor who indicated his interest to run for the Anambra Central Senatorial Zone against the APGA candidate, Chief Victor Umeh, said it is people like Obidigbo who are employers and wealth creators that should be given opportunity to rule Anambra state. He said that if people who have never invested nor employed people were entrusted with power, they receive allocation and embark on frolic of their own to squander it because they have never known how to handle money. In his speech, the traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Roland Odegbo, said the traditional rulers and religious leaders in the state were working hard to reconcile Obi and his successor, Governor Willie Obiano. He said that a lot of people in the state will not like the peace move because of what they benefit from this quarrel, but they will fail. Calling for respect for traditional rulers in Igbo land, Igwe Odegbo challenged those who foment trouble in the state to desist from it or face the wrath of the people and the gods. Dr Obigdigbo said that he was prepared for yet another round of political battle in 2017, urging his supporters and people of goodwill to remain prayerful and unwavering as they jointly pursue this agenda of honest and quality leadership for the great people of Anambra state. “It is often said that quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. We are winners and refuse to quit because God cannot be found in an abandoned project,” he said. Meanwhile, regarding the alleged injustice meted agains Nnamdi Kanu, the member representing Arochukwu/ Ohafia federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Uko Nkole, has explained why the National Assembly members from Igbo extraction are silent over the ordeal of the detained Radio Biafra director. Kanu who was arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) in October 2015 and has since then remained in prison custody as the federal government has preferred treason charges against him. Nnamdi Kanu, Radio Biafra director, held in custody for treason. Nkole said Igbo lawmakers decided to keep sealed lips over Kanu’s affairs “ because the matter is already in court”. The lawmaker who made the explanations while fielding questions from newsmen on Friday after inaugurating his constituency office in Ohafia said there was nothing they could do until the court had decided on the matter. Regarding the destruction of crops and farmlands in some parts of the southeast sates by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle, Nkole condemned the action and called on the security agencies to rise up to the challenge before it degenerates into ethnic clashes. He decried the reported declaration of some part of Ohafia farm land as “Republic of Fulani” by some Fulani herdsmen who also hoisted their flag on the area, and commended the security agents for dismantling the said flag. He said that while there is freedom of movement in the country, it would be wrong for herdsmen to hide under the guise of such freedom to destroy crops and farmlands of their host communities. Answering questions on the controversial salaries and allowances of the National Assembly members, Nkole said he receives only N557,000 per month, adding that he just got bank alert for the payment of his February salary. He frowned at the slashing of the salaries of lawmakers in view of the number of persons they cater for in their various constituencies. “If you slash a legislator’s money it is the people’s money you are touching because a lot of people actually depend on the money,” he said. In his remarks at the event, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ohafia council , Chief Sampson Anaga, called on the indigenes of the council living abroad “to return home and pay their taxes and property rate” and to “shore up the Internally Generated Revenue of the council”. He regretted that lack of funds was stalling the development of the area, and expressed hope that if the council’s income improved, more development would be recorded.


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