The news of the Igbos in the South East wanting to succeed is nothing new and seems to be gaining momentum. But everyone seems to be quick to point out the bad side of the Igbos breaking out from the Nigerian state.
Even some prominent Igbo politicians don’t seem to be in support of a secession. One of such persons is Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state.
He stated that Igbos have a lot to lose should the country breakup. He made these comments in Abuja in Abuja on Saturday. He pointed out that Igbos should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration. He advised the Igbos to be nationalistic and antagonistic to anything disintegration.
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He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbo’s will lose more if Nigeria divides.”
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbo ethnic group. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
The Igbos should probably follow Rochas advice; disintegration might not be the solution.