Former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu has released a statement criticizing the Igbos quote: “they are their own worst enemies.”
According to Kalu, some elite in the region are selfish and do not know how to handle politics. In his speech during an interview described by the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, as “the political equivalent of the Ogbunigwe (Biafran improvised explosives),” the former governor who ruled Abia state for 8 years said in an outburst:
“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.”
Mr. Kalu was referring to the fractured relationship between Mr. Tinubu and Mr. Fashola in the latter’s second term as governor of Lagos State, and comparing it to his own internecine war with his successor, Theodore A. Orji, which led to the extinction of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, the party he founded.
“I remember one time I was talking to President Buhari about our roads. I jokingly said, ‘Sir, if you want to contest in 2019, I would like to see you build Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-PortHacourt, Arondizogu-Okigwe, Umuahia-Cross River roads.’ I was just joking with him. He said, ‘Look, you had people in government that could have done it (the roads) – the SGF, the minister of the economy, the deputy Senate president, the deputy Speaker – why didn’t they do it?’ He said he would try to put them in the budget. That was a big eye-opener for me.”
Other issues mentioned by Kalu include: 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.