By Odimegwu Onwumere
Your Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State, I write to you over a comment that was widely carried in the print and electronic media, credited to Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a frontier Igbo leader like you, and a former governor of Anambra State, that Nigeria may fragment if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win the 2015 presidential election.
Much as you believe in the unity of Nigeria and her welfare, such comment was not supposed to come from a high ranked and respected Igbo man like Ezeife. Not even anybody against the wish of buyers of an Igbo presidency, not in any other time, but in 2015. This is a country that you believe so much in, that justice can only come to play, except there is an Igbo presidency in 2015. But here is Ezeife aligning his comment against your project and prospection.
It behooves me to say that you should tell him that his comment betrays him as one Igbo who is against the Igbo cause, which you are spending your time and resources on. I do not want to say that Ezeife might be a traitor, just aligning with Jonathan for the paltry of contracts or lucre of appointment.
Invariably, his comment is glaringly selfish and he wants all Nigerians but in particular Ndigbo, to sink because of Jonathan’s ambition. Your Excellency, I knew that you hardly talk on such issues as they relate to the inglorious comment of Ezeife, because you are one man who talks with your head and rarely with your mouth.
If Ezeife is looking for political appointment, I earnestly want you to tell him as a brother, not to do that with the fate of Ndigbo and should stop making comments that are bent on jettisoning the project that Njiko Igbo has, which is Igbo Presidency in 2015.
Ezeife should not make Ndigbo to appear before the world like a people who are feeding from hand to mouth, if that is the state he is into now. Elderly people like Ezeife in Igbo-land do not trumpet for the younger ones. They only pray and bless and recommend a younger person who has paid his dues in line with the expectations of the people.
But I am not too sure where Jonathan has met with the expectation of Nigerians that should warrant Ezeife to be drumming for war. Tell him that a real man does not wake in the morning and just begin to host his guest without first making supplications to his ancestors and Chi for providing an avenue for a new lease of life.
Let Ezeife know that he has rarely contributed meaningfully to the growth of the country that should warrant his unedited statement. And apart from the fact that Jonathan is our president, let Ezeife tell the world one thing about Jonathan that he wants Nigeria to sink for should he not win the presidential election in 2015. Does Ezeife want to tell Ndigbo that Nigeria would also sink if the aspiration of Njiko comes to play in 2015?
Your Excellency, please tell Ezeife that this is not the best of ways to seek for relevance, contracts or appointments from the leader. If he is a confused man, he should not plunge Ndigbo in that avoidable clownish euphoria. Even though that many legal luminaries have interpreted the Constitution and said that Jonathan has a right to contest in 2015, does not imply that Ezeife should reinterpret his own unconstitutional version that Nigeria would break if Jonathan loses in the election.
Dear Dr. Kalu, may it be that Ezeife does not know what he is talking about. You are a true Igbo whose voice has been addressing most of the issues besetting Ndigbo and Nigerians in entirety. Let Ezeife go and bury his agenda for Njiko Igbo and for Igbo presidency in 2015. It is not that I’m afraid of Nigeria breaking if that will be the collective opinion of leaders of thought and Nigerians, but such should not be politically initiated for the achievement.
I know that you have a good reasoning ability unlike what Ezeife has just said. If a man’s family is sick, he should not bring the entire country on the same margin. Ezeife should have advised Jonathan to address the issue of corruption in his government, instead of the contrary. Ezeife was supposed to tell Jonathan that he should look at what is happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under him. This ramshackle in the ruling party is the fate of many Nigerians under his government.
Your Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, I’m very sure that you would address this issue once and for all, by ignoring any challenges that could portray you to be in opposition against Ezeife. Like you have always said, it is Igbo presidency in 2015. Not about the breakup of Nigeria, according to the gospel by Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.