October 31, 2016
Igbos Are Their Own Worst Enemies – Orji Uzor Kalu
Ex-Abia state governor and businessman, Orji Uzor Kalu, said in the recent edition of The Interview that, “Igbos are their own worst enemies.”
He said many elite in the region are not only selfish, but that they also get their politics wrong.
“Let me tell you,” he said in an emotion-laden voice, “there were more problems between (Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola, than there were between me and TA Orji. But it is the discipline of the Yorubas that kept them at bay. Igbos have no discipline in terms of politics. They are very good traders; they’re good in anything they do, but they don’t understand politics.”
In the interview, described by the Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, as “the political equivalent of the ogbunigwe (Biafran improvised explosives),” Kalu illustrated his point with a conversation he claimed to have had with President Muhammadu Buhari, who wondered aloud why previous high profile Igbo appointees had done nothing for the region.
Kalu also spoke on the agitation for a state of Biafra and the travails of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu; his relationship with former President Ibrahim Babangida and former Governor Ikedim Ohakim; the recent statement of former Governor Peter Obi; and allegations that while he governed Abia for eight years, his mother ruled.