…harps on United Nigeria
By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Former Presidential Candidate of Progressive People’s Alliance (PPA) in 2007 and the two time Governor of Abia State, Dr.Urji Uzor Kalu has berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over uncomplimentary utterances against the personality of President Mohammadu Buhari health Challenges.
He urged Fayose to focus his criticism on performance and not personality of the sitting a President,adding thag he should redirect his energy on good governance than tack ling health related issues.
Kalu who disclosed this while delivering paper titled Mainstreaming Igbo in Nigeria as quest speaker during the inauguration of Igbo Support group for Governor Yahaya Bello at Imperial Mafquee and Event Centre in Lokoja,the Kogi State capital at week end.
The former Governor also blasted Governor Fayose while reacting to a statement credited to him, that he was deceiving the Igbos by dumping the People’s Democratic Party PDP to All Progressive Congress( APC) in chat the Interview Magazine recently.
Kalu however noted that Fayose and him are still friends and were together in
PDP,stressing that the Ekiti governor goofed to say that he is deceiving Igbos for defecting to APC.
“If PDP is a company I will be 90 percent shareholder, I left to join mainstream politics. Is it when I remain in opposition that me I will help my Igbo people? I left PDP to ensure that Igbos are adequately represented and take their rightful position in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
“Fayose should endeavour to show the people of Ekitkt the essence of good governance rather than engaging himself on unnecessary criticism of Mr. President and others perceived as arch enemies,” He added.
The Abia born politician noted that he once engaged ex President Olusegun Obasanjo while in office as governor, adding that he criticized him on the issues of third term agenda and road construction in the East.
” I have never attacked the personality of the former President Obasanjo like Fayose always drag the name of President Buhari to mood, particularly his health related issues,” he stated.
On the recent raise in ethnic activism in the country, former Presidential candidate stated that a lot of people have expressed fears that Nigeria may be coming to an end,saying in politics you have to entertain all manner of fears.
“We have seen quit notice order from the Norther youth group.. But like I said,in politics you work more on possibilities I will therefore focus on these possibilities.And the first is that a United Nigeria is an easier possibility than balkanised country. I see a more United country rising from the ashes of hate and fear”, He said.
He stated that those who fear that Igbo do not have leaders should try and find out how igbo people manager their affairs, pointing out to that yes igbo people have their leaders and when the leader speak and those who they lead take cue.
Kalu however described the Igbo people as great set of people,noting that they economic migrants in nature and they are great development across the country.
“The Igbo intellectuals are now rising to the challenge before our generation. We must fix Nigeria to work for all inclusive of the aspirations of all. We are actually the single largest ethnic group, the biggest direct domestic investors in Nigetia,the largest in both properties investing and entrepreneurs numbers,thus largest tribe in hydrocarbon field, the largest and richest diaspora population,” He added.
He maintained that there will never be referendum, arguing that it was not contained in the provision of the constitution and Igbos should not be deceived.