Igbos Are Like Beetles, Nobody Can Crush Them – Amaechi
Lagos – Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, elder statesman and First Republic Minister at the weekend said the marginalisation of the Igbo is real and they are marked out for elimination by the present administration.
He however expressed optimism that the Igbos are like beetles that cannot be crushed. According to him, if the Igbos can survive the Biafra war, then they can survive anything.
“The Igbo are marked out for elimination in this country particularly by the present administration of the North. But the Igbo are like the beetle, they cannot be crushed”.
“You march on the beetle and when you remove your heavy boot, the beetle keeps going. The Igbo will keep going, we fought 33 months civil war without anything against the whole world and survived, and we fought the whole Arab world for 33 months and survived, so the Igbo will survive again”.
When asked whether he is impressed by the performances of the current set of South East political leaders, he said “No, I am not impressed, there is no leadership now. There are no political leaders in the South East; the governors who are supposed to lead are more interested in themselves”.
“Have I not told you that the leaders we have now are the creation of the military?. Are they interested in the tomorrow of the country? Some of them are but many of those in the government are the people who are there for what they can extract from the system.
“There are some honest people among the politicians but they are the minority; moreover, they are not given the chance particularly now under the power of the constitution imposed by the military which is now in the hands of one feudal man. The set up is just the people around him where they issue out orders and rule the country against the wish of the majority of the people” he said.
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