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2015: Nzeribe can’t speak for Igbo – Njiko Igbo chieftain

Barely one week after he stated that Igbo should not aspire to the Presidency, Senator Arthur Nzeribe has been taken to the cleaners.

Commenting on the former senator’s remarks, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, Director of Operations, Njiko Igbo, stated that Nzeribe had no moral right to make such a statement, since he has not, in recent times, talked about the injustice meted out to the Igbo.

“First and last, given his personal history, Senator Arthur Nzeribe lacks any moral or legitimate standing to speak for Ndigbo on either the 2015 question or any question whatsoever,” he stated.

Continuing, Senator Onwe said: “It is curious that this nation has been in a quasi state of war for over two years but the voice of Nzeribe has been silent. Ndigbo have been bombed and butchered in their places of worship and business in some sections of this country by nihilistic Islamic fundamentalists and yet the voice of Nzeribe has remained silent. The corpses of dozens of young men who were clearly victims of extrajudicial executions were recently plucked from Ezu River in Anambra State and yet Nzeribe did not call a press conference to condemn it or demand answers from the Nigerian state.

“History has no record of Nzeribe’s intervention either publicly or privately in the organised anti-Igbo massacres in Kano in 1980, Maiduguri in 1982, Yola in 1984, Gombe in 1985, Kaduna in 1986, Bauchi in 1991, Funtua in 1993, Kano in 1994, Damboa in 2000 and the Apo 6 massacre in 2005.”

He wondered what’s wrong with Nzeribe, to make him take such a stand against the Igbo, asking: “What is really wrong with men like Senator Nzeribe, a geriatric who, at the age of 74, still prefer to offend the sensibilities and legitimate aspirations of decent people through shameless self-promoting politics?”

Senator Onwe stated: “It is disheartening that Senator Nzeribe, who ought to know better, has allowed himself to be sold on this preposterous argument, which is nothing but a cheap blackmail designed to cloak the pervasive prejudice that has kept Ndigbo in the third class tier in the politics of the Nigerian federation.

“No Nigerian civilian president or prime minister has ever launched himself to power on the springboard of ethnic unity since the advent of the Nigerian state. By taking the position that he has taken, Senator Nzeribe has demonstrated that he lacks any measure of grasp or apprehension of central executive power politics in this country. Having been a participant in the political game, as Nzeribe clearly had been, does not confer such understanding.

“It is hard to resist drawing the conclusion that Senator Nzeribe came to his erroneous and inflammatory conclusion having been seduced, induced or deceived by personal and selfish considerations rather than by considerations of what is in the best interests of Ndigbo and indeed Nigeria in general. But it must be emphatically stated that a hundred, a thousand, a million Arthur Nzeribe’s cannot and will not break the Igbo spirit nor weaken the Igbo resolve.”

He stated that if ethnic unity was the prerequisite for aspiring to the presidency, “as posited by Nzeribe, then the philosophy of Njiko Igbo should come highly recommended to him. Njiko Igbo is an organisation dedicated to the struggle for the ascent of a citizen of Igbo extraction to the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015. We are fully committed to the security and peace of our nation, and to the comradeship of a common justice for all Nigerians.

“We are neither a political party nor are we affiliated to one. Our primary mission is to enlighten and mobilise the Igbo population, both at home and in the Diaspora, to stand firm and united in the pursuit of our collective goal. Our secondary duty is to connect with and persuade the rest of the Nigerian population about the justice of our cause.”

The Njiko Igbo chieftain said that as the  Igbo, “continue to swim against the tide of baseless suspicion, distrust and deep-rooted prejudice in this country, characters such as Senator Nzeribe bring unfortunate affirmation to the very elements that negate the status of Ndigbo as legitimate citizens with legitimate aspirations in their own country.”


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  3. kabir maikano July 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

    This how divided igbo are,as I said earlear igbo can be influenced with one kobo.continue fighting ur selve til three dacade while other sections of the country are producing presidents,I dey laugh

  4. Uchebest July 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

    @kabir..your people ruled this country for more than 38yrs but still has about 10million Almajiris litters the streets of Northern state..are you people not better of by having an IGBOMAN as a president to chase away the DEMONIC SPIRIT OF POVERTY out of NORTHERN NIGERIA?

    • Tonerro July 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Have you chased the demonic spirit of poverty in the SE out yet? After you have taken the SE to the level of middle income societies like, say, Turkey or Malaysia then and only then can you claim to have the magic wand. The North may be worse off but all Nigerians including the SE are poverty stricken with a low quality of life, poor health and nil infrastructure so get off your high horse.

  5. Jibril July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I can’t see Igbo ruling Nigeria through the current PDP support untill after 40 years. This is because Jonathan will surely hand over power to North and that will foreclost any Igbo chances to aso rock.

  6. Rommel July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    And what has been the achievement of Nigeria since the marginalization of the IGBO? what have we gained since the Igbo left POLITICAL CENTER? only irrational people do not sit back and appraise issues,we have had few major interventions in Nigeria history,the first was in 1st republic under Nnamdi Azikiwe and Nigeria’s independence with regional government under a federal structure,the second was the collapse of first republic and enactment of unification decree by Aguiyi Ironsi and subsequent counter coups and BIAFRA war,thirdly was recognition of 6 geopolitical zones as canvassed by Ekwueme minority report of Abacha’s 2006 constitutional review.On each of this occasion that Nigeria was structured and restructured in a way that affected governance,IGBO were involved,so apart from stealing of resources and frivolous achievements,what can Nigeria without the IGBO contribution boast of? the northern part with a disproportionate number of years as rulers of Nigeria have some of the worst records of human capital developments and livelihoods in the whole of Africa,very high illiteracy,wretched health,teenage marriage and pregnancy,religious fanaticism,organized pauperization, and as it stand,are the IGBOs the worse of in Nigeria despite every attempt to put the IGBO in the unenviable human development position that the north currently occupies?

    • Tonerro July 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      So basically, Igbo destroyed the country since they were the major players in all the interventions that got us where we are today! Your recollection of history is understandably flawed. There are two problems with Nigeria: the North because of its poor economy, low literacy levels and low participation of women; and the SE which is driven by inordinate ambition and who constantly foment trouble that keeps the nation destabilized. By 1966, the Igbo were everywhere and no one complained. It is now convenient to forget that Nnamdi Azikiwe was Head of State for SIX years at the same time as the senate president was Igbo. The greed and ethnic supremacy took over. Their feeling that they were smarter and better than anyone else coupled with greed caused the hijacking of an otherwise patriotic coup. The result was an ethnic cleansing of political leaders by the Igbo. Ironsi then compounded a bad case by centralizing government which we are all suffering today. After the massive backlash from the North resulting in many Igbo deaths, Ojukwu declared secession. The rest is history. Even today, the Igbo are constantly destabilizing the polity by calling for secession on one hand and presidency on the other. And when they call for presidency, they do not build bridges, they issue threats and curses. The continue to peddle the falsehood that Nigeria will rot if the Igbo does not become president and that Nigeria will become Eldorado if an Igbo becomes president as if the rest of us do not see the rogues and 419s that have been running the SE like everywhere else. And they ACTUALLY expect us to buy this hogwash. I have nothing against an Igbo president. He probably will be no better and no worse than what we have had to date. But if the Igbo choose to gun for the presidency AS A GROUP rather than as individuals, then they need to be more strategic. First, they have to stop this demand for secession. You just cannot eat your cake and have it. Second, they must put the stability of the country ahead of their own agenda. In this case, it is NOT fair for the South to hold on to power for 20 or 24 years before re- rotating to the North irrespective of the fact that the North has been guilty of the same in the past. Finally they need to tone down their rhetoric, build bridges with all groups and respect the fact that every group in Nigeria brings something to the table. It is even worse that they rain all these insults on people that are their hosts thereby building up animosities that could explode in future.

      • Easy July 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

        You are a simplistic and superficial analyst with at tinge of prejudice, mostly against the Igbo. Do you know the difference between a presidential system of government and a cabinet system? If you knew this then your argument about Zik is disingenuous. You make a lot of sweeping statements that cannot be corroborated with facts. You sir, are a poor excuse for a debater.

        • Tonerro July 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm

          I would have been surprised if I did not get at least one reply like yours. You cannot be denying here that Zik was not head of state while Balewa was head of government. If you are not being disingenous, pray why is it that the SE coveniently forgets that Zik was the first Nigerian Head of State between 1960-66? In your knowledge of parliamentary democracy, is it your understanding that Balewa was Zik’s boss? Or is it that you fail to understand that unlike presidential systems where ONE man holds sway, you have two people with clear areas of responsibility in parliamentary democracies. From what I have heard so far, the SE would have preferred to be Prime Minister. Fine. But please let us not pretend that Zik’s position was inconsequential. You belittle the man and his achievements. I am also not surprised at your accusation of prejudice. An accusation of prejudice is usually the easiest refuge for those who have no facts of their own. Regarding sweeping statements, the only one would be about 419s and thieves. If this is not the case in the SE, then your zone must be the only one in Nigeria. But I do have facts. Maybe you don’t. I am happy to take you on any day in a debate. That may reveal who the excuse for a debater is from someone who accuses of prejudice and sweeping statements but did not even counter ONE SINGLE quoted fact.

          • Easy August 1, 2013 at 6:48 am

            Zik was indeed the ceremonial head of state. This meant that he was a figure head. He had not power to formulate or implement any government program whatsoever, Tell me, which other head of state in Nigeria has been a figure head? Your argument was dead of arrival.

  7. MR.GREEN July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am


  8. ohakpu July 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Is this croock still arround?To say the least, he is politically moribund.Let us pass over him.

  9. Evans July 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Chei, Nzeribe !!! Must you chop bribe in everything you do ?? Must you be on the negative side always ?? Is it not time for you to die ?? Evil man. The sprite of the man you took his wife who died recently will continue to hunt you till the rest of your life. Nzeribe cannot do any ugly job for free. Since he was kicked out of the Senate by the good people of Orlu zone, his income from his wife who he took from Harry Mosco and made chairperson in Oguta LGA is not enough to contain his expenditure as the Ogbu–okuko.

  10. Mgbemgasa July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Senator Arthur Nzeribe is really a pain in the anus of well meaning Igbomen. He will never allow us to sit, walk and also to relax our narves. What kind of person is this migrated man to Igbo land.

    We know where he came from, his parents migrated through the orashi river and the lake to live at the banks of the lake in Oguta and was accepted as fishermen and farmers. Inorder to be relevant, he will always try to bring the Igbos down to please his kingsmen and decendants in the present Edo state.

    From now on, we shall call on the ofor na ogu, agwuishi, umune, amadioha, igweka-ala and all the traditional forces in Igbo land to make him temporary dumb whenever he tries to ulter any thing against the Igbos who are accommodating him.

  11. Easy July 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    This self mastication of Igbo by themselves must stop. While Senator Onwe is rightly entitled to question why Mr Nzeribe has turned a blind eye to the suffering of his people, his tone is WRONG. Must we pillory each other all the time just to ensure that our tone carries the day? Any Igbo that goes to the Press with an attack on another Igbo leader over political matters that could be addressed in a forum like Njiko Ndigbo, is not doing us any good. It demonstrates a discordance that proves to others that we are individual, each available for sale. In any event, we need younger leaders to carry on the battle of Igbo survival and advancement.

  12. okolie emeka July 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    @ Easy, so from your point of view and definition of a leader, is senator Nzeribe one ?. when it comes to true Igbo sons, we know them and the cause they champion speaks for them. just because the mangrove dwells in the water does not make it a crocodile. the igbos are receptive to a fault and are now paying the consequences.

  13. Easy July 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    @ okolie emeka , as a man that has spent his time in the serve of his people, you cannot but describe him as one. There is no lack of space for leaders, above all, in this wide leadership space, there is also room for elders. Igbo leadership has never been about one man, even though modern politics necessitates the emergence of one man. It is quite possible to fall short of expectations at certain times and it is also possible to re-emerge. In the leadership of our people, there are men of wisdom and oratory, poets that could charm the birds from the trees, fighters and great pacifiers. What binds them together is the love of their people. As you have pointed out, by their fruits we shall know them.

  14. Ositadinma July 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    My take on this is that we should support Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015 to finish his second term,like Obasanjo did.Jonathan must hand over to a president of Igbo extraction,who will rule for eight years like Obasanjo and Jonathan and hand over to a president of Tiv,Idoma or Igalla extraction who will also rule for eight years and hand over to someone from Taraba state who will also rule for eight years like others did,so that the destiny of this country, our founding fought hard for will not be hijacked by some few arrogant,moral bankrupt and opportunists who claim that the presidency of Nigeria is their birthright.This the only formula to make every geopolitical region have a sense of belonging, so that we we contine to exist as an indivisible entity.I personally don’t know whatever justification the Nigerian state have for withholding the creation of one additional state in Igbo land.It’s high time the igbo federal legislators start convincing their colleages on the need for rebalancing the structure of Nigeria that was altered unconstutionally by past northern military rulers.I expect the present Igbo federal legislator to achieve this,and there is no other time to do it than NOW,so that Igbos will not ask them what their achievment in the house was,as people have started asking Nzeribe and co.

    • Amos July 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Senator Onwe and co, the ball is in your court.

  15. Akins July 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Senator Emmanuel Onwe, one thing you cannot deny is the fact that Nzeribe spoke the truth.
    Whether you credit or discredit him. Is it APGA that will win the presidency for you or which party is presenting an Igbo candidate?
    Nzeribe is an Igbo man and is entitled to his opinion whether Igbo’s jiko or not, he spoke fact.
    Whether you now want to jiko to start trouble is another matter but 2015 is unrealistic.
    Sentiment and emotion does not run a country, if your reference for insulting him is the events affecting Igbos in the north and else where.
    If you are not logical and like to wear your heart on your sleeves then say what the people want to hear and lead them astray. Nzeribe is right.

    • Sunny Akhigbe July 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Akins,nyou make sense to me here. If I know Nzeribe very well, he is like the proverbial toad (lizard?) that does not run in the day time for nothing. And this is an Igbo proverb. What is consistent with him is that he comes out of long political hibernation and at the auspicious time to rear his ugly head like the sea turtle. You may not like him; I don’t like him either. But it is better to address his message this time round than to heap insults on him. The man doesn’t really mind insults anyway. I guess they make him stronger!

  16. kola amodu July 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Arthur nzeribe is not one of Nigerian jews I respect anyway, as one can see, when he Nzeribe was a senator, what did he achieve as a senator n what exactly did he do for jew land.for all de money Nzeribe proclaimed to have, is there any of his company or business in jew lnad?. By de way , what did this man stand for. I was told that Nzeribe’s heart could be bought for as little as one hundred thousand naira. People like Nzeribe should be discarded by Naija jews cos is a bastard just like Owerri bastard. It will happen in my life time, I mean one day, a Nigerian jew will surely rule this country in my life time. All u need doing is to make ur mind up as to when u need to make de move, u have to decide that since am not a jew. I believe u can do it n I know u will accomplish ur aim very soon.

  17. Dele Odugbemi July 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Arthur Nzeribe will surely die a traitor because he who lives by sword, dies by it.

  18. BONNY July 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This man Nzeribe,who once asked a london court to declare him bankrupt&insolvent,i believe is intellectually bankrupt also.If not how orlu youths chased away from politics he would still be there in the senate.He saw himself as life senator

  19. Boney London July 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Arthur Nzeribe has always been a selfish human being. He should ask himself what legacy he is living behind. He is Igbo by name only. He has never done a single good in his life and time is running out on him. Instead of him to atone for his past sins, he is still playing cash and carry politics, how pathetic.

  20. Prince Okey Emezu-Orlu. July 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Njiko Igbo is an outstretched arm of Sunnews. We know what they stands for -political insincerity. Your working towards actualization of Ndigbo Presidency 2015. Man tell yourself the truth. All these nonsense you said here are nothing but a move for a political relevance. Igbo youths are angry with Senator Onwe and his likes who go about deceiving the Igbos. Enough of this nonsense Mr Senator. 2015? who are your candidates and what are the plans and the strategies? Non! Up till this moment? You must be joking with the fate and intelligence of the Igbos for your personal political gains. Time will soon make you a liar…and you know it.

  21. Boney London July 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Prince Okey@ please show me the other candidates. Even president Goodluck who is the incumbent is yet to declare. Nigerian democracy is a farce, there are no party rules, no time table. It is a game of manipulation filled with a wait and see attitude. The Igbos can play game too. Just keep your fingers crossed as the whole drama unfolds.

  22. Boney London July 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Prince Okey@ please show me the other candidates. Even president Goodluck who is the incumbent is yet to declare. Nigerian democracy is a farce, there are no party rules, no time table. It is a game of manipulation filled with a wait and see attitude. The Igbos can play that game too. Just keep your fingers crossed as the whole drama unfolds.

  23. Moses July 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sun blocks opinion that are not in consonance with this write up. We know that you are biased and does not and want to project and force a cause on the people. This Senator Onwe is on his own. He can say his opinion without insulting Nzeribe. Put side by side he is no better. I am not for Nzeribe but then Onwe should know that Ndi Igbo cant produce a president in 2015.

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