Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has said that those dismissing Igbo’s dream of becoming president in 2015 are insulting them.
He reiterated his earlier position that the best thing that would ever happen to Nigeria as a nation is for an Igbo man to take over the leadership of the country.
The former governor said this in a reaction to a statement credited to the northern political group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that Igbo should forget about 2015 presidential dream.
He told the zonal leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in his country home, Igbere, Abia State that it is Igbo or nothing is 2015.
He called on Ndigbo to get ready to spearhead the affairs of the nation in 2015.
Said he: “The country is troubled because the God anointed people are not there yet, until they take over the mantle of leadership, Nigeria will not have a pride of place in the world; we have no pride of place, we go to the United Nations we look like a rat, we go to European Union we look like a rat, we go to comity of the world leaders we look as if Nigeria is not speaking. “Forty eight years after the civil war, it is an insult for somebody to tell you that Igbos cannot be president.
“If all these tribes can be president, who among them is more qualified than an Igbo man. We are the salt of this nation; we are the best things that happened to this nation. Anything good comes from the East and we are the genuine Easterners; unless we rule this country the country will never be okay.”
OUK as followers would call him 52 years after Independence, Nigeria is still yet to get it right.
He said: “It has also been shown that those who boot-lick presidents in Nigeria since independence never do well; they don’t even tar the roads, they don’t give free education, they do nothing to salvage their states because they believed the president is their boss; if the president asks them to go and put their house on fire they will go and do it, which I feel is not in consonance with democratic concept. “We have enough as a country to feed our 200 million people; we have enough in human and material resources to make our roads better. People are not being given what they bargained for because they are not genuinely elected; these results are written, supported by the army and the police, these people are shameless.”
He assured that he’s ready to eliminate election rigging out of the country. “They will never do it again. It is going to be one man, one vote and no army man will carry any ballot box again in Igboland or in Nigeria, we will not accept that. It will not happen again. Even if he is general to heaven, we will fight him and fight his whole family. If they do what is unconstitutional, we will repeat what will be unconstitutional too because that is the only way we are going to check this rubbish.”
He lamented that: “People of our area, leaders of Igbo people have turned to perpetual liars. Government rule now on television, on radio and on propaganda. You cannot say you are good Leave the people who are being governed to say who is good or is right.