Open Letter to Kalu on Ezeife’s Comment about Disintegration of Nigeria

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.

Thank You.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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Igbo Presidency: Orji Uzor Kalu’s love for Ndigbo and the Unity of Nigeria (3)

By Odimegwu Onwumere


Insisting that the Igbo will not settle for anything less than the president in 2015, in September 2012, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu stressed that it’s the turn of Ndigbo to produce the country’s president.


Kalu’s love for Ndigbo drove him to the Prof. David Ijalaiye Annual Lecture tagged, ‘Leadership: Key factor to a Better Nigeria’, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State. This is the place that he lavished his known love for Ndigbo.


Kalu calls for a free and fair election in Nigeria, but especially in 2015. He makes it succinctly that the period of mounting police and army officers at polling centres during election by the authorities to intimidate perceived rivals have gone.


He is of the philosophy that Ndigbo and by extension Nigerians at large, are wiser today; they are prepared to take the bull by the horn in making sure that leaders of their choice are duly elected and not, selected by the powers that feel they are.


Such nobly objective of kalu is commendable as he is speaking up for the betterment of the Igbo, unlike many who are speaking down on the Igbo for their self-seeking purposes.


Kalu has always addressed the problem of Ndigbo in Nigeria without fear, not minding any political establishments that are suppressing Ndigbo. His antics are unforgettable with many splendid antecedents to his credit.


Contrary to critics, Kalu is fighting for Ndigbo’s cause to obliterate their political enslavement. He asks Ndigbo to be alert and watchful though, and that all hands must be on deck as they are optimistically moving forward.


All the jobs he does for Ndigbo are grandly meticulous and big step in the right direction. Kalu continues to educate his people that they must be diplomatic and slight, while fighting for their political independence.


He believes that this diplomacy he implores Ndigbo about, will definitely bring the eyes of the international community on the plight that the Igbo are fighting for. His exemplary love for Ndigbo pushes him with a lot of diplomacy in all approach and engagements.


Political rivals think that Kalu does not understand anything other than money, but here is a man who is pushing Ndigbo forward from their back pew to the front political seat and is recording events as they unfold, without turning the table against anybody or group.


Nigerians know it and are saying that Kalu is not a cheap meat that can be inexpensively ingested on Igbo case. He is not afraid of the truth and don’t treat who wants to suppress truth with the kid’s glove.


To the fascists, they believe that Kalu’s diplomacy without guns will not make a difference for Ndigbo. But he is too big for the nuisance. Many Igbo people doff their caps for Kalu on this, for his ingenuity and for his always thought out plan for Ndigbo.


Kalu is a man who knows where to go with the Igbo’s political struggle, because he does not want his people to be permanently destroyed as a people in Nigeria. Nigerians love Njiko Ndigbo, since it was established, which is the only organization on whose platform that Kalu was invited  to the British House of commons to speak on Igbo struggle for the first time in history.


Many Igbo are supporting this no-less organization, because of the level it is achieving things for Ndigbo within the short period it was established, opening enough room for contrary views in the public space to orate and have different takes on issues that bother on the Igbo cause.


Kalu’s love-gong for Igbo people to produce president of Nigeria in the 2015 elections is clanging. The reverberation is deafening the ears than any other gong clanging contrarily. The echo of the gong for this assignment is heard from Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.


He is restating the need the Igbo should produce the next president of this country. His tireless campaign for this reason illustrates that there could be something going on within the powers that are, against the Igbo in the forthcoming elections. And with a persona like Kalu, who knows Nigeria and the inner-circle too well, any attempt to shortchange the Igbo from actualization this, may not hold any water.


Is it not an insult that Nigeria is still keeping the Igbo to be playing the 3rd fiddle forty-two years after the civil war? Against this influence, Kalu believes that the Nigeria/Biafra civil war has not come to an appropriate end till he sees the Igbo become a noteworthy president in Nigeria; not any other time, but in 2015.


This is coming on the hills when some Nigerian Jacobic quarters are saying that the Igbo are not organized; hence they cannot produce the next president. On the contrary, Kalu has been asking whether other tribes that have produced president had two heads. On the other hand, he wants the maximum support from other tribes to make the Igbo president of this country.


Conceivably, it’s because the Igbo have not produced the president of this country significantly that has led to majority of the roads in any areas the Igbo have as their homes not tarred resulting to the dampening of the eco/socio lives of the Igbo. Social infrastructure in Igbo-land is a story for another day.


Politics in the area has been the dictates of Abuja, whereby such names as “Abuja politicians” and “home base politicians” are heard, as if politics has become a football club, where names like ‘international players’ and ‘home base’ are heard.


And Kalu didn’t mince words when he said: “It has also been shown that those who boot-lick presidents in Nigeria since independence never do well; they don’t even tar the roads, they don’t give free education, they do nothing to salvage their states because they believed the president is their boss; if the president asks them to go and put their house on fire they will go and do it, which I feel is not in consonance with democratic concept.”


The above could be the reason elections have been rigged in this country, because the powers that are in Abuja control the Army, Police, Navy, just the Force, and are ready to make or mar, for anything they gun to get. They are ready to give backup to any “Abuja politician” to defeat any “home base” in an election.


Nigerians once saw this played in a South-East state where a sitting governor was molested and latter was abducted in a broad daylight and the powers that were in Abuja gave maximum support to the ‘home base’ political gangsters, who were shamelessly parading themselves as godfathers and godmothers of the state’s politics, leading to a notable Igbo son from the state rejecting a National Honour that was awarded to him, even a second time.


Have Ndigbo not been manipulated enough in this country? How long shall the powers that are continue to divide Ndigbo against theirselves? Kalu is squabbling today that this habit and sundry are advised against in the future elections. He stepped down from contesting in the 2011 presidential elections he had shown full blown interest in, when it was obvious that majority of the Igbo personalities and organizations had shown interest to support President Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw-man, who was murmured, had an intention for one term and later, it would be the turn of the Igbo.


But the darling of power seems has entered Jonathan’s marrow and the same murmurings, are making the rounds today that he has the interest to be president beyond 2015. Ndigbo from all walks of life, no matter their residences, gave President Goodluck Jonathan their maximum support in the 2011 elections, and it is expected that the president will in turn, give them his support to be president in 2015. So, was Kalu right when he said that it would be an insult to the Igbo for anybody to feel that they cannot produce president in 2015?


It is obvious that Kalu is fighting for the unity of this country against his own businesses and family for too long. He has always come out openly to call injustice by its name when others are clamouring for the debris they will get from the government. Somebody may be thinking that why Kalu is fighting for the Igbo to produce the next president is because he wants to be president. This is far from being the truth.


Kalu has only declared that injustices that are being meted out to Ndigbo since the colonial rule to date can only come to an end, when the Igbo becomes the president of this country. This is the reason Nigerians should rally round Kalu in making sure that this purpose is actualized, because injustice is not monopolistic.


Who knows whose turn this injustice will turn to by tomorrow, if it is not nipped in the bud today?  One thing with Kalu is that he has a humane heart. Those who have such a heart know that he has come out openly in recent times and said that Nigerians will get it right this time even if they could have made some mistakes in the past. What do people know as an apology if not this? Or do certain persons want when he comes and prostrate? In earnest, he has pleaded for the peace and unity of Nigeria.


Kalu’s attitude to saying that things will be right this time shows the Igbo adage that says, “Peace is for the elder to initiate”. And Kalu is suing for peace which should not be misconstrued for cowardice. No. He is doing this because of his love for this country. This is evident when majority of Ndigbo said that Kalu is a man of peace and will lead them more than the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu did. And the late Ojukwu and Kalu have something in common – fearless and outspoken. Hence, Kalu is diplomatic and is much relevant in the Nigeria’s politics than certain bunch of political jobbers that spread across Nigeria.


From observations on Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu’s movement that the Igbo should produce the next president of Nigeria, he is not saying that the person must come from his village in Igbere. No. So, it is important that those asking about the state the Igbo president will come from, to put down the lid of their mouths. Such statement is divisiveness than it is a mere question. This is because the Igbo are Igbo no matter their different geographical enclaves. The State does not really matter; after all, States are created to divide the people the more. For example, the present day Rivers State was created in 1967, at the pick of the Nigeria/Biafra war.


Rivers State was created out of the old Eastern Region controlled by Biafra in order to weaken the strength of the young republic in that case. Those who clamoured for the Rivers State creation, on seeing the actualisation, started to sing a discordant song from that, which they initially were across the world singing alongside with their Biafran brethrens, and things fell apart. This is from where Nigerians of today learnt to say that they are from this state or the other state, without holding renowned grip to their aborigines.


Some people feel that they are save when they say they are from Anambra State, Imo State or the other, than when they say they are from Igbo. Just as was experienced among the people that were carved into the then Rivers State; they habitually say that they were from Rivers State, and not from Biafra, particularly anytime they were confronted by the then belligerent Nigerian Forces. Hooey!


Kalu is one man who has stood a tested reputation by saying that he is a Nigerian when others were grabbing ethnicity, and this belief cost him a lot during his eight-year rule, as governor of Abia State, under the presidency of the Owu generalissimo, called Olusegun Obasanjo, who is Yoruba.


People must learn to respect their heroes. Kalu did not move against the Third Term agenda of Obasanjo, because he’s Igbo; but because he’s a Nigerian, who meant well for the wellbeing of all Nigerians. Thus, why should the proponents of the Third Term that Kalu was in the forefront against now lengthening it against the Igbo from becoming the next president of this country? This is the bane!


And, Kalu, from his bravado is not pleased with the Agenda that the Igbo will not be president in 2015. This is not a tribal sentiment! And if there is any sentiment in Nigeria, it is not from the Igbo, but from those who have made it their duty that the Igbo will not produce the president of this country.


Anybody who does not see that Kalu is making a point is really making a mistake. He had enlightened, “We have enough as a country to feed our 200 million people; we have enough in human and material resources to make our roads better. People are not being given what they bargained for because they are not genuinely elected; these results are written, supported by the army and the police, these people are shameless. They will never do it again. It is going to be one man, one vote and no army man will carry any ballot box again in Igboland or in Nigeria, we will not accept that. It will not happen again. Even if he is general to heaven, we will fight him and fight his whole family. If they do what is unconstitutional, we will repeat what will be unconstitutional too because that is the only way we are going to check this rubbish.”


This is a strict statement. Come to think of it. This is a country where many regarded as leaders are not thinking properly for the future. The only crowns they wear are poor performance and attacks on critics.


Some leaders in this country are just being lucre. Kalu is today asking the Igbo to learn from the past. Majority of the people are supporting Kalu for this rightful cause, because they could not see any magic those who come from other tribes have done as president, hence the Igbo should be given a chance, and also the foreign powers should leave Nigeria alone. Let Nigeria have faith in the Igbo, who have ever shown that they have confidence in themselves and always, have supported the cause of people from other tribes.


For example, Kalu’s corporations are for-the-most-part manned by people from other tribes. This does not mean that he hates the people of his tribe. Rather, he always wants to lead by example that the Igbo are not haters of people from other tribes.


Conversely, Kalu should let the past be in the past, and continue with the crusade for the actualization of the Igbo presidency in the 2015 general elections. Every Nigerian should give him the maximum support that this crusade requires and deserves. This is the time the Igbo should be waiting for. No matter the party differences, all Nigerians should come together, and think about how the Igbo have been much humiliated in this country.


Other tribes have achieved much leaving the Igbo to their industrious fate. Let the Igbo comeback to their senses and respect Kalu. He is speaking up for Nigeria. Without people like him, the actualization of this will be a tall dream. He is not a man that can be bought with money. His scuttle with the Third Term agenda is an epitome of what many have been talking about: when some men sold out, he remained unbendable.


Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358


Igbo Presidency: Orji Uzor Kalu’s love for Ndigbo and the Unity of Nigeria (2)

By Odimegwu Onwumere


“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already,” John Buchan.


When showers of tribute were being disbursed to late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who was interred in his ancestral hometown of Nnewi, Anambra State, on 2nd of March 2012, Ndigbo and Nigerians showed that Ojukwu deserved unfailing love, which he even showed magnanimously to Ndigbo when he was alive. His commendable life shows that it is better for a man to be poor than not to walk his talk; and a rich man who does not walk his talk is invariably also poor.


Ojukwu walked his talk and practiced what was written in the book of Mark 8:35-37. This verse of the bible tells whoever that what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loses his own soul? Ojukwu was more careful of his conscience than of what he was going to get from the Nigerian state. He could not be bought, even though that some persons might have sold him for their selfish reasons without his knowledge.


It is on the foundation of selflessness that The Sun newspaper was commended during the death of Ojukwu.  Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is the proprietor of The Sun newspaper. The company expressed that it was not a ferocious wolf in sheep clothing. Rather, many people have been this wolf in the sheep clothing during the pragramme heralding the sending of Ojukwu on his eternal journey. A lot of people showed their quest to wear the Ojukwu’s shoe by bloating their contributions towards the final home call ceremony of the deceased on the radio and newspapers. But The Sun Newspaper was calm in singing its praise towards its own quota in making sure that Ojukwu was given a befitting burial.


After the befitting burial given to Ojukwu, Thank You messages were sent out by numerous companies and individuals to the people and groups they perceived should be thanked that in their own thinking made sure that Ojukwu was given the befitting burial. But hardly did anybody or group thanked The Sun and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu for their own selfless contributions to this first of its kind epoch funeral.


This laissez-faire with which people treat malaria for typhoid fever in this country when they want to score cheap political gains is not good. This is why everybody must watch out on Matthew 7:14-16, for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. The Sun is prudently compassionate.


Investigation revealed that The Sun newspapers dedicated over 47 pages in its different editions for the death of Ojukwu, which approximately cost the firm about N25, 000, 000 (Twenty Five Million naira) going by N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand naira) per page, since on 26th November 2011 that Ojukwu gave up the ghost in London. Yet, hardly did The Sun make noise for spending that monstrous sum of money or anybody made out the time to thank this unconquerable newspaper in the Nigeria’s news market.


By this involvement to Nigerians’ collective contribution in making sure that Dim Ojukwu was sent home, The Sun and Kalu proved Augustine of Hippo right when he said that a good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints. While a Bishop Robert South is telling those who made political givens out of the Ojukwu’s burial ceremony that all deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice and falsehood passing from words into things.


As if the book of Ezekiel 22:27-29 had some of these political demagogues at heart, it said: Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’ – when the LORD has not spoken. This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. Adding, Jeremiah 23:15-17, said that they speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.


While Nigerians knew in earnest those who speak visions from their Lords, some of the people today who masquerade as fosters of Ojukwu did not go to his beck and call many times he were financially incapacitated. Kalu was the man who never abandoned Ojukwu when he was alive to writhe in pains. The records are there. Did he not incessantly give him monetary and material gifts of which one of such gifts was a Jeep? Kalu was not only the rich person and politician, but such act of his showed that he had a meek heart and that he’s not a man of questionable character. He is a man who always recognizes that all hands are not equal. As such, poor people should not be discriminated in the land.


What The Sun and Kalu did concerning the wider publicity of Ojukwu’s demise without anyone hearing their trumpet showed how good people can be to their own. This goodness went farther. Any fervent reader of Orji Uzor Kalu Leadership Series in the Saturdays Sun will agree with this fact that Kalu dedicated over five full page articles to Ojukwu. Some people who were reading would attest that he is a thrilling and outstanding columnist. He is courageous, daring and vivacious. He is one man who has a staunch conviction in the Igbo course, extending to Nigeria. He is not on a course for tribalism, either.

Odumegwu Ojukwu


One observer captured Kalu in these lines: “Like Ojukwu, you are a realist. Like Ojukwu your solid personal achievements speak for itself. Like Ojukwu, you possess the trademarks of a leader namely Serenity, Courage and Determination. Like Ojukwu, you are currently sacrificing. Unlike your many colleagues who jumped to the senate as a panacea for political relevance, you rather chose to commit your resources for Ndigbo… Like Ojukwu you are an embodiment of the Igbo trinity of adventure, enterprise and of accomplishment.”


A selfless politician, showcasing Igbo people in the best light, many people put Kalu in their prayers for God to continue to assist him to do more for other people. Yours Truly thanked The Sun Newspapers then for its clandestine, though open contribution to the burial rites of Ojukwu, who said the truth about the bane of leadership in Nigeria over four decades ago. The Thank You message was widely carried by the Nigerian media and beyond. There were so many on this burial ceremony who pretended that they were for the stability and progress of Ndigbo, while in actual reality, they were for their own belly and their own pocket.


But Kalu and The Sun never benefitted materially directly or indirectly from the course of Ojukwu burial arrangement. They were purely on benevolence, defending the actions of the man who never allowed the further impoverishment of Ndigbo. It is believed that Kalu and The Sun will soon take the pinnacle of their rightful place in their careers. Their inputs show that there is a difference between a servant and eye-servicer.  They did their own thing without minding that there would be plenty money for the politicians, media men and contractors during the committee to harness how Ojukwu would be interred. It was a big effort by The Sun and Kalu in reporting about the passage of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu till today. If Nigeria has many more of Kalu’s kind, being a brother’s keeper will never be that despairing.


It was the despair that Ndigbo suffer in the hands of the authorities in Nigeria that Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State describes the Igbo as third rate citizens in the Nigerian project. Kalu is of the thinking that rather than the Igbo will be respected as other major ethnic groups in Nigeria enjoy, Ndigbo are relegated to the background in the proposal of things in Nigeria.


Kalu made this known at a lecture he delivered on April 18 2013, at the British House of Commons in the United Kingdom, being the first Igbo person to take the problem that Ndigbo are facing in Nigeria to such a highly revered parliament. Everyday, Kalu is expressing his love for Ndigbo in many ways. Ndigbo are facing terrible consequences. He does not want to see Ndigbo to suffer in Nigeria like a person in a prison sentence. Alongside this sway, not only Ndigbo, but people from other ethnic groupings say that Kalu tried to reach out to the British House of Commons, because of the abysmal quandary of Ndigbo in Nigeria.


Kalu tells Ndigbo that they should not give up and should eschew any habit of insulting any group in the country, because evident is that with him, they will take their rightful place in Nigeria. He earns the honour. Apart from this love task, Kalu is one of the persons in the wisdom-filled ala-Igbo who do right things to make Ndigbo proud and bar any intruder from deliberately choosing to do the Igbo any wrong, because politically motioned policies aimed at Ndigbo, made them to be going through hard times, but they are able to resist the ills.


Kalu has always taken a step to the right direction in the great-effort for Ndigbo, to be fully emancipated in the business of governance in Nigeria. In his expedition to tell the world the scrape of Ndigbo in Nigeria, it is expected that if other Igbo sons and daughters are acting like Kalu to better their lots, many positive features would have been earned. The energetic and fearless Kalu expressed himself succinctly before the British parliament in a more aplomb manner, and opened an age-long fearfully preserved can-of-worms, which others feared to open. People were immovable to the fact before Kalu told the story without minding the many perceived enemies that want to run him down unnecessarily, instead of support him.


Kalu did not make a poor presentation of the Igbo case before the parliament, no matter any gainsaying voice, because the Igbo case can never be told at a go; Kalu was more vigorous and undeviating considering the major cause of the Igbo. His level of diplomacy is stylish. For his love for Ndigbo, he uses emotional advancement to address issue. Kalu is substantial and sophisticated in addressing the cause of the Igbo. The stage that Kalu preferred to present the Igbo cause in London is one of the best of platforms in the world. The speech will be archived for study today and in the future, in the universities and in research works. His speech will be evolving, because the Igbo predicament in Nigeria is wobbly.


Kalu’s speech before the British parliament is not the end of his struggle to liberate Ndigbo from the man-made woes that surround them. It is just part of the dimensions with different ways suggesting that Ndigbo really need to come together and pursue their widespread future. Kalu is not caustic! Kalu’s love for Ndigbo and how he presents it is always representing, levelheaded and tactful. He does not want extraterrestrials to write the history of Ndigbo, since all the attempts by their rivals to plunge them did not work. Kalu understands every of the foe’s attempts to hoax Ndigbo, be it local or international. Kalu does not speak from the side of weakness, hence every Igbo voice is needed, and no matter who is seen or alleged to have erred.



It is the certainty of Kalu that Ndigbo must be united and avoid any acrimonies that the competitor is using to divide the Igbo more. He believes that there is no sense in Ndigbo fighting themselves. It is noteworthy that Kalu’s love for Ndigbo made him to puncture the conscience of those that he took the predicaments of Ndigbo to in London; a pathway that entails that the troubles and troublemakers against the Igbo are coming to an endless end with his balanced natter. Kalu is gradually achieving the objective, by not being against Nigeria or anybody or group. His attribute follows with equal measure; and in a short time Kalu believes that Ndigbo will not suffer despair again in Nigeria.


Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

Tel: +2348057778358


Igbo Presidency: Orji Uzor Kalu’s love for Ndigbo and the Unity of Nigeria (1)


Igbo Presidency: Orji Uzor Kalu’s love for Ndigbo and the Unity of Nigeria (1)


By Odimegwu Onwumere


The absence of love is the cause of many problems that are associated with the world today. Inter alia, lack of love is the cause of disunity among peoples. But if there is any man who is cosseted to love, that man is Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. OUKng


His love for his people – Ndigbo – is irrefutable. He frowns at any environment where there is a lack of love, hence his several calls for Igbo unity. These calls have no measurement. They are coming after some Igbo organisations that the Igbo businesses were placed on their feet seemed to have failed. Dr. Kalu formed Njiko Igbo in that admiration to organize Ndigbo and to make them to love each other.


Acting as transient coordinator, he is spending millions of dollars in making the attainment of love among Ndigbo a reality, no matter a minuscule discordant voices to his visions with Njiko Igbo; one of which visions is for Ndigbo to actualise Igbo presidency in 2015.


The exceptional aspect of the Njiko Igbo is that it is not affiliated to any political party. Njiko Igbo is not into partisan politics, but it doesn’t rule out the fact that it is not against any political party in Nigeria.


There are Shylocks, traitors, detractors and traducers anywhere in the world. There are people with these traits among Ndigbo, and they have fought and been fighting Kalu in making sure that he goes somber in his benevolence act of love for Ndigbo, but he has refused to relax in his obligation; rather he prefers loving Ndigbo by consulting widely on how to make Ndigbo to be their brother’s keeper, and not their brother’s killer.


He was with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, and the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, at their palaces in his love pursuit for Ndigbo, to discuss the issue bothering to them. From Abia to Anambra, Kalu has not been relaxing in the lock-up of his comfort; he has been sojourning for this onerous task.


During one of Kalu’s visits to the palace of Obi of Onitsha in 2012, Igwe Achebe observed that the desires of Ndigbo in Nigeria can only be actualised if they are in unity. Achebe fingered the sizable investments that Ndigbo scattered across the world with extremely-small size of them invested in ala-Igbo. Again, he regretted how armed robbery and kidnapping were becoming immune in ala-Igbo, and called on the government to checkmate these.


It is noted that if the few things that Achebe outlined are addressed, it will help the Igbo to come back home and invest, whereas they can unite no matter where they have as residences. But it is observable that some powerful members of the public are playing politics with the Igbo and the government has refused to address these things, hence Kalu frowns and wants the Igbo to understand the ugly handwriting on the wall painting the Igbo in bad light for a worse future.


The overconfident Kalu sees the Njiko Igbo as an all-important socio-political dais for a president of Igbo extraction in 2015. While few Igbo sons and daughters are playing to the gallery against this conceivable and lustrous Njiko Igbo; Kalu comes out boldly, striding to fruition with the organisation. Kalu says that the aims of Njiko Igbo as the name connotes, include harmonization of different interests in the South East Zone of Nigeria, facilitation of a common South East position on national issues, rekindling the spirit of political participation among the citizens at the grassroots across the zone as well as channeling such enthusiasm to positive national goals, building bridges across political tendencies in the zone and extending such bridges to other geo-political zones for the full re-integration of the zone, among others.


Kalu sees anything that is against the Igbo presidency in 2015 as retribution against Ndigbo. Kalu, as far as Ndigbo and the rest of Nigerians are concerned, represents the moon that shines down in the darkest hours, unlike most Ndigbo that want to be the sun that lightens up but refuse to be around at the darkest hours. So, is anybody thinking that he or she can do without Kalu in ala-Igbo? The fact remains that Kalu is well positioned to help the emergence of an Igbo as President of Nigeria in 2015. This is why it was not seen as a ruse when Dr. Kalu advised developing countries to take a hint from the democratization process in America. This, he said, would help in making certain, stable democracy, in countries. But what is the rest of ethnic groups in Nigeria thinking about the Igbo in achieving the 2015 presidency? Are some groups showing lionic gait and, others expressing chameleonic approach?


As a man of love, Kalu beams his love for the South-west. He says: They always raise personalities against injustice. It did not just start with Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was ready to confront colonialism with bare hands. Prof. Wole Soyinka risked his life and went to jail not really because his friend Christopher Okigbo died in Biafra; he had a soft spot for the Igbo who suffered so much persecution. The road to 2015 will throw up more of such men and women.


Kalu has maintained that there is so much between Ndigbo and the rest of Nigerians, but the Igbo have been refused opportunity such as the President, Forty Two years after the Yakubu Gowon-led genocide against the Igbo erroneously called Nigeria-Biafra civil war took place. And even if the genocide may be taken as a war, it was then an uncivil war led by the War-head of State, Yakubu Gowon.


It is on record that Gowon was it who removed the Bight of Biafra from the Nigerian map in his continuous bid to extirpate anything Igbo. Kalu says that if Ndigbo do not mind many of the mayhems meted out against them in some parts of the country and still embrace the rest of Nigerians as brothers and sisters, why can’t the same be shown to them in Nigeria at least in 2015?


In Kalu’s own words: There is so much between us. During the war, you found some Igbo living in Lagos. Chief Philip Asiodu even served in the Federal Government inspite of the loss of his brother, Sidney, to the bullets of Nigerian troops. Tony Igwe was busy playing soccer and Obisia Nwankpa sweated out in the gym. At the same time, Prof. Vincent Ike’s wife, a Yoruba, was part of the Biafran war efforts. Even the daughter of Lagos Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, was married to a Biafran naval officer, Ohiaeri-Duru. To cap it all, one of the gallant Yoruba officers who saw the war, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade, had since condemned it as unnecessary. That is why the Yoruba stand out.


Conversely, it is a radiating nuisance the debasement by the Nigerian state not to allow this long handshake across the Niger always initiated by the Igbo to the rest of Nigerians to have direction, just as Americans expressed in the born-African Barack Obama. Kalu has been crying that the South-west, for example, will prove their love for the South-east in 2015, seeing this as the best way to bury all the accumulated suspicion between both groups.


Kalu says he knows that Yoruba could stand up and be counted. According to him, the war years showed it. He explicates that there was this Yoruba soldier who applied the brakes of his army truck to save the life of an Igbo pedestrian near Orlu at the end of the war in January 1970. An accompanying officer was so furious that he took control of the vehicle, drove for about 10 kilometers and forced the driver out into the dark. Time was 1.00 a.m. ’Ejoo oo, ejoo oo’ [please, please] the soldier pleaded. All to no avail. Fortunately, the drop zone was in Isu right in front of the house of the first Igbo Dental-Surgeon who had worked in Ibadan before the crisis. And he took the soldier in. Kalu lectures that the lesson is that there are more Yoruba out there who cannot kill Igbo dreams in 2015.


Kalu has always been asking when the cry of Ndigbo would come to an end in Nigeria.  Today, Africans in America are happy because one of them is allowed the number one seat in the White House, after years of humiliations and abuse. Ndigbo are suffering what these Africans in America once suffered. Kalu has been twice a presidential candidate and, was suspiciously frustrated. He gave President Jonathan his support by stepping down owing to the view of the Igbo that they all must support Jonathan in the 2011 presidential elections. And they did. Kalu advertised this stepping down for Jonathan during the 2011 presidential elections in many of the national newspapers paid advertorials.


He has always made his effort to bring many Igbo leaders together, but most especially the likes of Senator Annie Okonkwo, Gov. Rochas Okorocha, Victor Umeh, Chekwas Okorie and other Igbo sons, so that they can produce an Igbo president. Kalu is not doing politics now. He is doing this for Ndigbo.


Due to Kalu’s unwavering love for Ndigbo an observer captured his ability thus: “I have the confidence that Orji Uzor Kalu can do it. Everybody has his own God-given talent. Orji Uzor Kalu is an illustrious Igbo son. Please, let’s criticize objectively, those who are wasting their time saying that they are fighting Kalu…Orji Uzor Kalu is one of the few Ndigbo that have the courage, the charisma and every other thing required to unite or to fight for the Ndigbo. Anybody facing any type of suppression, watch out, that person has a talent. Name them – Orji Uzor Kalu, Chekwas Okorie, Chris Ngige. Etcetera.”


Nevertheless, all that Kalu requires is to remain focused just as he advised President Obama to remain focused and committed to his good work. For this reason, Ndigbo should come together so that they can cure this symptom of a waiting presidential scuffle once and for all.


Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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