Okorocha’s statement has drawn the ire of Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, and Igbo National Council, INC, which accused him of never identifying with Igbo cause.
This is even as Ibeku traditional rulers in Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State have called on the Nigerian Army to release, dead or alive, their colleague and father of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Eze Israel Kanu, saying that since the invasion and attack on his palace by soldiers, they don’t know his whereabouts.
Speaking during an interactive session with journalists in Owerri, the state capital, Okorocha said the Igbo have to change their strategy to remain relevant in Nigerian politics.
He said gone were the days when other ethnic groups need the input of the Igbo before they could win an election, especially with the latest “alliance” between the Hausa and the Yoruba.
He said: “Today, Hausa have realised they can win an election without Igbo. Igbo have to change their strategy, to reclaim their relevance in Nigeria’s power equation. Quote me anywhere, Igbo play the worst politics in Nigeria.
“Hitherto, Hausa used to think they could not win elections without Igbo. Now, they believe with the combined massive populations of Lagos and Kano, they no longer need Igbo to win, hence, the latest alliance between Hausa and Yoruba. So, where is Igbo today in Nigerian politics?”
Okorocha also condemned the agitation of IPOB, saying the group created a feeling of distrust among other ethnic groups.
He questioned the wisdom of the Igbo seeking to break away from Nigeria when their chance of producing the country’s president “is around the corner.”
Secretary of ECA, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, who reacted to Okorocha’s assertion in a telephone interview in Enugu, yesterday, said it was totally disappointed with Okorocha, adding that was why people like Okorocha emerged as governor.
However, the ECA Secretary, Evangelist Ugochukwu-Uko said:, “My brother, we are 100 percent in agreement with Okorocha. We agree that Igbo made terrible mistake by selecting someone like him as their leader.
“We agree with him. If our people play good politics, they would have looked for people who have our interests at heart. The tragedy of the Igbo nation is that the so-called leaders do not have the interest of the people at heart.”