I am not fighting any Igbo minister – Okorocha


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The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has denied fighting any minister or All Progressives Congress (APC) leader from the South East geopolitical zone of the country.

Okorocha said that instead of fighting anyone as insinuated in many quarters, he was rather focused on ensuring the Igbo nation takes its rightful place in the scheme of things in Nigeria.

Speaking at a dinner at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri over the weekend, Okorocha added that President Muhammadu Buhari would comfortably win the 2019 presidential election in the Igbo states.

Also, he berated Igbo leaders who preferred to live in Abuja instead of relocating home to guide younger politicians in the South East.

He said political leaders in the North and West live at home, hence the relevance that both regions have enjoyed so far in the country.

He said, “On the home front, there is no goal keeper. All our leaders live in Abuja, even former governors. All our leaders are in Abuja and there is no one to fall back on at home unlike our contemporaries in the North and West.

“Muhammadu Buhari is the President but Shehu Shagari is in Sokoto. Ibrahim Babangida is in Minna, Abdulsalami Abubakar is also in Minna. Obasanjo is in Ota, Ogun State. Bola Tinubu is in Lagos. They are goal keepers and elder statesmen to their younger ones and giving support to their future generation,

“But for us, our case is different. Our old politicians keep rocking back and front, usurping the political future of our younger generation.

“So, I am of the firm belief that we should have a new and virile Igbo nation so that the younger ones can begin to take their rightful positions. That’s what we mean by emerging leaders and not that you are not leaders in your own rights.”

Okorocha added, “The Igbos must change their style in politics. This is a period for us to have a rethink. I have seen the problem. It is possible that Igbos can get there and because we are not together, it seems to be an uphill task. And there is no better time for Ndigbo to work with singleness of heart than now. We must destroy the fabrics of the Amalekites in Igboland”.

He further urged the Igbo people in diaspora to stop posting divisive posts on social media, noting that this does not help the Igbo nation in any way and does not also help in answering the Igbo question in Nigeria.


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