Monday, June 11, 2012

Igbos Cannot Produce The Next President Of Nigeria

Map of the Igbos in Nigeria.

It is a political fact that the Igbos cannot produce the next President of Nigeria. Because, they have failed to prove themselves in political leadership since the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. And nobody should drop the name of the late Biafran warlord, Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on this important topic.
Leading a rebellion is different from leading a nation.
And he even failed at that, because of his poor knowledge of political leadership.

The Right Honourable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria.

Biafran warlord Ikemba Ojukwu and his beloved wife Bianca.

Biafra was already oppressing the people from the South-south region even before the second year of the uncivil war. My mother told me how they went on combing raids in Akwa Ibom and the environs to attack those they accused of being saboteaurs. Ojukwu failed to command the respect of non-Igbos in the South-south region. Moreover, corruption was rampant in the Biafran government. Thank God for the divine intervention that ended the ill-fated rebellion.
Only fools go to a war they cannot win.
I am sure Ojukwu never read Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

Presently, there is no Igbo leader that can even command national respect across Nigeria.
They have even failed in the leadership of their fellow Igbos in the South-eastern states.
They have lost their respect and that is why Igbo kidnappers and armed robbers are tormenting their fellow Igbos and even the Lion of Biafra, Ojukwu failed to stop them when he was alive and well.
He retired to his bedroom where he had more command.

The whole region is being governed by under achievers, except for Governor Peter Obi, but he lacks the commanding charisma and power of a political leader. He would have fared better as a commissioner.
Those in the Senate would be better as state governors.
They seemed more interested in their titular roles as local champions.
Dr. Chris Ngige would prefer to be Senate President and that would be the best the Igbos may get in 2015.

Look at the leadership of the so called Movement for the Actualization of the Soveriegn State of Biafra (MASSOB) being harassed like school boys by the Nigerian Army. What the Nigerian Army cannot dare to do to the Niger Delta militants and Boko Haram.
The leader of MASSOB is an apology to political leadership.
He is not even articulate. And he is a lawyer?
He is pathetic.

The truth is bitter.
What does the present state of the South-eastern region speak of the Igbos?
A land of lawlessness of a people without leadership.
Igbos are now producing more kidnappers and armed robbers than political leaders.

Those who can be national leaders are not interested in contesting for the highest office. And the President they claimed to be one of their own Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has disappointed them all.
He is overwhelmed by the challenges of national leadership he was not prepared for. Thanks to their Boss of all Bosses, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who preferred those he could manipulate to succeed him.

The Igbos claim to be hard working and intelligent people, but they are not as smart as the Yorubas.
Aggression is not power, but lack of self-control.
They need to study the political common sense of Senator Bola Tinubu who rose from being an ambitious state governor to the national leader of the Main Opposition.
Tinubu does not boast of intellectual skills or even revolutionary bravery, but he is very smart in political leadership.
I have been watching him for over a decade now and I know him more than he knows me.
Tinubu should write a book on his Political Common Sense.
Nigerians and students of Political Science need to study Tinubu.
He is even faring better than the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the greatest political leader of the Yorubas since Oduduwa. Tinubu is the smartest Yoruba political leader since Nigeria became an independent nation.
His protege, Barrister Babatunde Raji Fashola, the present Governor of Lagos State needs to learn more from Tinubu's Political Common Sense.

My reference to Tinubu is for the benefit of the Igbo political leaders who are more politically confused than the Hausa political leaders. But the Hausas can still produce the next President of Nigeria if the Senate President David Mark is not going to contest .

The political leaders of the Igbos need to put their house in order. I recommend that they should study Sun Tzu's "Art of War" and the Political Common Sense of Bola Tinubu and if they like, also read my book on Nigeria, In the House of Dogs which combines lessons from the Holy Bible, The Art of War and 48 Laws of Power to address the situation in Nigeria.

God help the Igbos and God help Nigeria.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi, author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs and other books.

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