LAGOS, OCTOBER 31, 2016 – Former Abia State Governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has asserted that “Igbos are their own worst enemies.”In an interview monitored in Lagos, Orji said that against the widespread claim that the Federal Government is responsible for the backwardness of the South East, the Igbos have no one but themselves to blame for their woes.
He said a number of the elite in the region are not only selfish, they also get their politics wrong.
Orji noted that the level of political discipline and cooperation amongst the Yorubas exceeds that of the Igbos.
“Let me tell you, there were more problems between (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu and (Babatunde) Fashola, than there were between me and TA (Theodore Ahamefule 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.”
Kalu made the comparison to buttress the issues he had with his successor, Theodore A. Orji, which led to the extinction of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, the party he founded.
He illustrated his point with a conversation he said he had with President Muhammadu Buhari, who wondered aloud why previous high profile Igbo appointees had done nothing for the region.
Amongst other issues, Kalu spoke on the agitation for a state of Biafra and the travails of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.