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Bayelsa Election – Lessons for the Igbos

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Ugo Chikezie wrote that unless the Igbos embraces inclusiveness, their ultimate goal of becoming the president of Nigeria will remain elusive

Igbos at the 2011 World Igbo Day Celebration
Igbos at the 2011 World Igbo Day Celebration

I have been following events in the Bayelsa State since Saturday, December 5, 2015, and I think it’s high time we Igbos woke up and learn our lessons.

What is happening in Bayelsa state shows that the Bayelsans have moved on. They are no longer tied to the apron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ). That state is one of the smallest states in the country and it’s the home state of the former president, yet the result of the election held since Saturday has not been announced officially till now. I thought the PDP would have swept off the whole votes just like they did during the presidential election, but to my amazement the All Progressives Congress (APC) is also gathering considerable votes there. I know PDP may eventually emerge winner in the election, but my point is that we Igbos should wake up and stop crying more than the bereaved because even the bereaved has moved on.

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Other regions have moved on and have even started integrating themselves into this President Muhammadu Buhari’s (PMB) administration to ensure they remain relevant and not schemed out of things, while some of my people are still holding themselves down and throwing hate speeches here and there.

While other region are already preparing for 2019, some are already gearing up for 2023; but my people have failed to arise and shake off GEJ and his failed administration. By 2019 now, we will begin to run helter-skelter and start last minute preparation and when we lose again, we will say we are hated by others. But we forget that we are the ones holding ourselves down now that others are already preparing ahead.

The Igbos have enjoyed more “juicy” appointments in the past 16 years of this democratic dispensation, yet none of the appointees or elected officials performed exceptionally well for us to present him/her as presidential candidate. But look at the likes of Fashola, Fayemi, Kwakwanso, El Rufai, etc. They are all potential presidential candidates going forward because their achievements speak for them. Tell me the achievements of Orji Uzor Kalu, T.A Orji, Sam Egwu, Chimaroke Nnamani, Mbadinuju, etc…. None of them made a mark in their various states, yet we leave them and keep pointing fingers to other regions and saying they are our problems.

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I advise we wake up and begin to align ourselves strategically with other region now because we can never produce a president in this country if we continue like this.

While some misguided elements are busy shouting Biafra, and claiming that South-South is part of their Biafra, the South-South have denounced the whole Biafra thing publicly and I understand that recently, Governor Nyesom Wike of River State, named a stadium in River State after Yakubu Gowon. Does that not tell you something????

The golden rule says ‘DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WILL LIKE THEM TO DO UNTO YOU’… Love begets love and hate begets hate. Don’t expect love from others when you give them hatred and don’t expect them to vote for your candidate when you keep calling them animals that live in the zoo.

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“Give and it shall be given unto you!” Whatever you give to others is what they will give back to you GOOD MEASURES, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKING TOGETHER AND RUNNING OVER.

He who has ears let him hear. Wisdom is profitable to direct…. I rest my case…


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