by Stanley Azuakola
Former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is not letting up on his desire to be the next president of Nigeria. Kalu, who recently announced his intention to run at Ile-Ife two weeks ago, got a setback when his own part, the Progressive Peoples Alliance disowned him, and begged the EFCC to send him to jail. This strange move by his own part, however, has done nothing to dampen his desire.
Over the weekend, he reaffirmed his commitment to champion the emergence of an Igbo President in 2015.
In a bombastic statement that is expected to attract a lot of comments, Kalu said that we cannot say that the Civil War in Nigeria which ended 42 years ago, is truly ended unless an Igbo emerges as the next President of Nigeria, after Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Speaking when he received the leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, South East zone, led by its national vice president, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, at his Igbere country-home, Kalu insisted that time had come for the rest of the geo-political zones to concede the Presidency to the Igbo as a matter of “right”, describing anything short of that as a great injustice.
“The country is trouble because the God’s anointed people are not there yet, until they take over the mantle of leadership, Nigeria will not have a pride of place in the world; Forty eight years after the civil war it is an insult for somebody to tell you that Igbos cannot be president.
“If all these tribes can be president, who among them is more qualified than an Igbo man; we are the salt of this nation, we are the best thing that happened to this nation. Anything good comes from the East and we are the genuine easterners; unless we rule this country the country will never be okay.”