Igbos Had No Say In Nigeria’s Amalgamation
Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia state governor and the lawmaker representing Abia North within the Senate has said in his autobiography that the Igbos haven’t any voice within the amalgamation of Nigeria.
The previous Governor of Abia state who disclosed this in his newly launched autobiography ‘My Life’, traced the “plight of the Igbos” to the early 19th century when the British first explored the Decrease Niger.
Orji Uzor who said that the Igbos didn’t have a say as to whether or not they desired to be part of such contraption or not, affirmed that they loved a ray of transient sunshine in Nigeria within the decade earlier than and some years after independence.
He mentioned within the e-book;
“In January 1914, Lord Fredrick Lugard accomplished the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates into Colonial Nigeria and have become its first Governor-Common.
“The Igbos didn’t have a say as to whether or not they desired to be part of such a contraption or not. Nevertheless, the clouds lifted so briefly and the Igbo loved transient sunshine in Nigeria within the decade earlier than and some years after independence.
“Having embraced Christianity and western training with enthusiasm, they rapidly rose to carry sway within the federal civil service, navy, academia, commerce and trade.
“The ‘Jews’ of West Africa had been on the march, toiling, sweating and swinging upwards, to the envy and hatred of their compatriots.”
The Senate Chief Whip additionally alleged that he selected to honor the Igbos over cash throughout the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, who in accordance with him positioned “an ideal pressure” on the nation’s unity with an alleged lack of democratic character.
Orji Uzor added;
“I’m not in politics as a result of I wish to make cash from it. If that was the case, I’d have remained with President (Olusegun) Obasanjo all through our time in workplace as a result of he managed all the cash.
“However I wanted honour for my individuals. He refused to honour and respect my individuals; he failed to provide them a way of belonging. He carried on as if he was nonetheless at struggle with the Igbo nation, therefore we disagreed.”