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Igbo fought civil war out of sentiment, says NIROH president

By Gordi Udeajah (Umuahia) and Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri)
11 January 2022   |   3:47 am
President General of Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide (NIROH), Dr. Paul Okoye, has stated that the Igbo fought the Nigerian civil war out of sentiment, but its politicians can not realise their quest for Nigeria’s president in 2023 through sentiment or deceit.

Dr. Paul Okoye

• PDP scribe Anyanwu, raises the alarm over plots to discredit him

President General of Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide (NIROH), Dr. Paul Okoye, has stated that the Igbo fought the Nigerian civil war out of sentiment, but its politicians can not realise their quest for Nigeria’s president in 2023 through sentiment or deceit.

Speaking in Umuahia, Abia State on the sidelines of the NIROH conference for 2023 general elections tagged: Igbo President or Interest, at the weekend, he said the Igbo ought to eschew ethnic campaign, work hard and invest strategically to actualise the president of Igbo extraction.

He stated that the Umuahia conference was convened to strategise on the best way to actualise the quest for an Igbo person as the next president of the country in 2023.

Okoye said Ndigbo had not come to terms with the reality of their existence partly because they have never accepted that they were defeated in the war, adding that time has come for them to come to face the realities of their existence and try other alternatives.

“The North is static, while the West and the East are dynamic. Whoever aligns with the North rules the country. We did it before and we can do it again. Suffice to say that we have the West to checkmate in our quest for Aso Rock.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave the West their share. Goodluck Jonathan gave the South-South their share. President Muhammdu Buhari is serving the share of the North. So it is only natural that the Igbo get 2023. But the sad story is that we stand to lose our chances in 2023, if we fail to understand that power can not be acquired on a platter of gold,” he added.

MEANWHILE, National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, has alerted members of the public of plot by his political opponents to smear his image using the social media.

Anyanwu stated this, yesterday, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Ikenna Onuoha, describing the plot as “a calculated campaign of calumny” against his person.

“The public is hereby alerted of a smear campaign against Anyanwu by political rivals in Imo State, who have been shopping for pliant online media that will serve as accomplices in their plot.

“The plot is designed to portray Anyanwu, as a leader who is neither popular, nor in touch with the programmes of his party in Imo State,” the statement reads.

Anyanwu explained how his detractors have planned to carry out their plan, adding: “The plot was initially meant to be fully implemented in the days ahead in select online media publishers and social media influencers after being heavily mobilised financially by some political opponents.”

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