Enemy of Ndigbo is Ndigbo itself
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Cassius: Julius Caesar
Invariably,Casius in the above citation was saying that it’s not fate that dooms men, but instead their own failings.
To Ndigbo my kinsmen, it might be a hard truth to belief that the problem of Igbo man is not Nigeria, but Ndigbo itself. Ndigbo cries for marginalization, though that may exist in the system to an extent, but the question is, how did we fare or utilize the opportunities that we had to better our lot?
I would like to share the line of thought of one writer from a source that reads:
I remember a time in this country when all the 7 ministers in Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet were all Igbo’s. Anyim Pius Anyim was SGF, Stella Odua was powerful in Aviation, Ngozi Okonjo Iwealla was in charge finance, Emeka Wogu was in Labour and productivity, Berth Nnaji was in Power and Energy, Dieziani Madueke was the powerful minister for oil.
The 7 of them outside the Federal Executive Council would meet and decide what and what not to be discussed at the larger Federal Executivev Council (FEC). Whatever they decided would eventually be the position of government.
In 6 years, this was the situation. Okiro and Onovo had the police under their control. Ihejerika and later Minimah controlled the Army. These powerful Igbo’s could do and undo. Nigeria was in their pockets.
Rather than care about the poor Igbo chaps scattered all over the country, they were busy diverting billions of naira into their accounts at home and abroad. The 2nd Niger Bridge, they didn’t do. They shared the money. The Lagos/Calabar rail lines passing through 9 States, 3 of them in the South East, they were not bothered.
They refused to pay the Chinese the Counterpart fund. They shared the money. Enugu/Onitsha, Aba/PH and other roads of economic importance to their fellow Igbo’s, they abandoned.
Who is to blame? Who is marginalizing the Igbo’s?
You had your chance, you bungled it. There was only one Yoruba minister worth mentioning at the time, Akinwunmi Adesina. He was in Agric. His budget was less than 1% while Emeka Wogu in Labor had over 10% for his ministry.
Anyim had unlimited access to the treasury for the benefit of himself and family members. The poor Igbo guys meant nothing to him. If an Igbo becomes President tomorrow after Jonathan, will there be any difference?
The Igbo man will marginalize his fellow Igbo people. He forgot to add that Godwin Emefiele was and still the central bank governor, also Ike Ekweremadu was and still the deputy senate president.
Ndigbo, “ihe neme anyi si anyi naka”. The cause of our problem is in our hand.