Igbos Are Their Own Worst Enemies – Orji Uzor Kalu

Igbos who have often blamed the Federal Government for the backwardness in the South East have been told that they have no one but themselves to blame for their woes.

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.


  1. A man's enemy is usually from within. Kalu is right.


  2. Dr. uzor Kalu is right , because the Ibo nation if United and understand themselves the sky will be their limit in Nigeria politics

  3. it is true that igbos are political traders....you know what i mean.

  4. When people failed to speak with one voice, to achieve a common goal is always a tall order.

  5. I agree with him on this one.

  6. Kalu is right and he is a good example with the way he left Aba to rot.

  7. The senseless comment i have ever seen him make

  8. He is right in som aspect and wrong in som 2,what was d legacy he left behind as a gov in abia? Charity began @hom

  9. akelibe@yahoo.com02 November, 2016 01:03

    What are you rambling about?Is the theme that Igbos do not know how to play politics or that they caused hardship on themselves. .You better not double blame the the people after their leaders have looted and mismanaged and abused the people.For sure,you are all losers,in the scheme of things our leaders have earned no respect from the people. No right thinking person will give credit to ex-leader or current being a billionaire.Above all people cannot rally in support of any Igbo leader after seeing the performance of a few of them. Igbos of my generation was ready to die for OJUKWU. I doubt if any can die for any Igbo leader. What a tragedy. How many millions had Michael Opara.? Are these leaders better business people?.?We do not need to be personal about it but we are leaders of people to some level.


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