Igbo Marginalization Self Inflicted – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that most of the injustices and marginalization alleged to have been meted on Ndigbo in Nigeria were self-inflicted.
The former governor spoke 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.
Obi who was accompanied by his supporters to the event said that Igbos choose 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.
Most governors of South East, he said, 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.
Endorsing Dr. Obidigbo for the 2017 Anambra State Governorship 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, saying 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 forment trouble in the State to desist from it or face the wrath of the people and thgods.
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.