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|Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by cyrilamx(m): 7:16am On Oct 08, 2016|
…Speaks on PDP, MASSOB and IPOB
By Onochie Anibeze, Emmanuel Aziken & Emeka Mamah
Jonathan: We conclude, today, the interview one time Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme granted us to mark Nigeria’s Independence anniversary. Last week we published his views on the state of the nation. He said what we have today as Nigeria was not their dream that day of October 1, 1960 that Nigeria became an independent country. He would like Nigeria to be restructured in a way that will see the regions developing at their own pace rather than depending on the federal government for everything.
He advised President Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta to end the militancy in that area. Ekwueme revealed that the 1983 military coup was aimed at stopping him from becoming Nigeria’s President in 1987. He also gave reasons for declining President Olusegun Obasanjo’s offer to be Senate President.
Enjoy the last excerpts from the interview:
How do you think PDP can be revived?
There are a lot of… I won’t call them hooligans, characters who have taken control of PDP in various states of the federation, including my state and they are allowed to go away with it because the NWC in Wadata House is easy to compromise.
So you find these people dictating terms; they would arrange with them and be the ones to produce a list of delegates to vote at congress or convention. Until people like that are shunted out of the party nothing good will come out of the party. I have distanced myself from the activities of the party; I haven’t been to a Board of Trustees meeting in the last three years.
Haven’t they been inviting you?
Yes, I am a life member. I haven’t been to NEC meeting in the last three years because as I said there are a lot of characters there who shouldn’t be there.
Now people have suggested at one time that we should call a meeting of the original founding fathers who are still around and see how we can start afresh but I said that I am 83 going to 84, and that I cannot go through the same process I went through in 1998, that people younger should take it from there.
Some have, however, alleged that you had a hand in the problems of the party in Anambra in that you replaced ABC Nwosu who allegedly won the governorship primary in 1999 and replaced him with your former press secretary, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadiniju. Please, can you clear the air on this?
That is not true. I have challenged them for anybody to tell me where I said people should vote for Mbadiniju. None! The only person in all these years whom I have supported is Soludo.
Mabdiniju won the primary?
So there was no issue of replacement or that ABC Nwosu won and was replaced with Mbadiniju?
First of all, ABC Nwosu should not have even contested because the agreement was that as secretary of the party he would not contest.
Sir, what is the way out of the economic recession?
Long term I have already addressed. Build up our capacity and Nigeria will be better off. In the short term, I am surprised at the government’s stance. The price of crude oil is less than one-third of what it used to be at its peak, and production level was 2.2 million barrels per day and right now we are producing about 900,000 barrels which is much less than half of the production and selling at less than one-third of the price of the former selling price. So you can see what the impact could be on an economy like ours that is mono culture and dependent on one product.
The Niger Delta Avengers and collaborators are responsible for the drop in production; they are not responsible for the price.
Yar‘adua, when he had a similar problem was able to start the amnesty programme and at that time, our production had also dropped to 800,000, and we had been overtaken by Angola in Africa. But once Yar‘adua settled with the restive youths through the Amnesty Programme, production went back to 2.2 million barrels.
Now with all that information at the disposal of the present government they did not see that the best course of action would be to negotiate with these boys and reach some understanding; instead they want to use the force of arms and even with all that, they are still blowing up facilities.
I read a few days ago that they said that they killed 23 militants, and it is not something to brag about. You kill 23 of the boys, and you are bragging about it; it is not a very good thing to hear.
There is no short cut of getting out of recession which is mostly caused by the lack of foreign exchange to run factories, to even import goods and services…there is no shortcut than to increase production.
Instead of facing it squarely we are still battling with the force of arms to try and subdue. I am not a soldier, maybe soldiers always think of force, force as a means of solving problems, but I don’t see a quick end to the recession without solving the problem of low oil production.
The Igbo question. Do you feel they lack of leadership in Igbo land?
It depends on what you mean by leadership. We have about five governors in Igbo land, we have a deputy president of the Senate, we have a lot of ministers, we have a lot of political leaders.
President Jonathan when he was campaigning did a lot of things for the North and West, and it is alleged he even mobilised the traditional rulers in the North and West, but the Southeast backed him without negotiating even with its bad roads.
As I said in an interview in the past, Jonathan didn’t treat us very well for the support he got in 2011; which he confessed to me himself was more than what he got from his people in the South-South.
He gave an example, that the people who were running against him tried to get a running mate from the Southeast, but none of them succeeded in getting a running mate from the Southeast to run against him; but even in his own South-South, Oyegun was a running mate to somebody; and when the election was over the Youth Corps members who were brutalised in Bauchi were people from the Southeast, not people from the South-South.
He told me this himself. So, he had every reason to be fair-minded and equitable in his distribution of resources. But we could not go from Enugu to Onitsha on a federal road, you couldn’t go from Enugu to Port-Harcourt on a federal road, we couldn’t go from Aba to Okigwe on a federal road; you couldn’t go from Owerri on the federal road. None of the federal roads in the Southeast was motorable.
So, would you support the actions of MASSOB and IPOB for self-determination?
I am 83 years old going to 84 next month, my attitude to life cannot be that with those who are in their twenties or in their thirties. But there is something the emir of Kano said about the young Igbo people, that those who are in MASSOB or IPOB never knew Nzeogwu or Ojukwu and they may think that instead of living like slaves in their country that it may be better for them to wage war and lose, if they lose they may get a more honourable peace than the one that their parents got at the end of the 30 months civil war.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by drestoneokuta(m): 7:19am On Oct 08, 2016|
Who den treated the Igbos well? Who? Ojukwu? Abeg let this man be...
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by sarrki(m): 7:21am On Oct 08, 2016|
Thank you sir
Even the SW
I wonder why some people want to die on this guy
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by SamuelAnyawu(m): 7:22am On Oct 08, 2016|
"Lemme Comment My Reserve"
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by shamack: 7:24am On Oct 08, 2016|
How can u say such thing,,,,what else does the Igbos want, since he has allowed all sort of corruption,,,,,,,,then what else?,,,,,,,,,,IGBOS enjoy corrupt environments
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Nobody: 7:24am On Oct 08, 2016|
And the Igbo's gave him all their support despite nothing to show in their region when he was in power. He scammed them with 2nd niger bridge on paper and sponsored Nnamdi kanu to open biafra radio as a plan B incase he loose the election. The earlier the east realizes that the SW is their best ally in the south, the better for them. GEJ simply used and dumped the east like a used handkerchief
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by BUHARIISCURSED(m): 7:25am On Oct 08, 2016|
ekwueme is m a d
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by HungerBAD: 7:25am On Oct 08, 2016|
After they kept insulting me in an earlier thread,guess who just came to my rescue?Ekwueme himself.
So the Clueless one did nothing for the East?lol. Maybe Stella Oduah or even Andy Uba,or even that one with a questionable source of wealth in Lagos,E-money did something for the East?
Alex Ekwueme,The PDP and those defending him are very confused.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by jhydebaba(m): 7:33am On Oct 08, 2016|
Upon all oga jona did for you guys
Sir Alex, u no be better elderstateman.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by sarrki(m): 7:35am On Oct 08, 2016|
Cause of Gej you called an elder stateman mad
Serious formatting required
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by newbornmacho(m): 7:36am On Oct 08, 2016|
SamuelAnyawu:I sent you a pm, did you see it?
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by CSTR2: 7:37am On Oct 08, 2016|
Compared to the support he got, he didn't reciprocate appropriately. All the federal roads in the SE should have been rehabilitated by now.
Anyway, he was still miles better than the one we have now. I don't really like jonathan, but I can see why the east would support him instead of buhari.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Aufbauh(m): 7:39am On Oct 08, 2016|
Ipob element spotted.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by malton: 7:40am On Oct 08, 2016|
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Nobody: 7:54am On Oct 08, 2016|
So, would you support the actions of MASSOB and IPOB for self-determination?
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by EternalTruths: 7:54am On Oct 08, 2016|
One thing you can't take away from the Igbos is loyalty.
If they support you, they will never betray you like one tribe in the south filled with useless traitors.
Just guess that tribe .
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by DrPrickson: 7:59am On Oct 08, 2016|
Every Nigerian know that the Igbos benefited greatly during GEJ regime . Even the most chronic zombies can't deny that fact.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by vedaxcool(m): 8:23am On Oct 08, 2016|
In ipork voice nonsense Jonathan was the beerfraud savior he saved beerfraud from despair.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by DIFY20(f): 9:06am On Oct 08, 2016|
COME RAIN COME SUN #ISTANDWITHJONATHAN#.. BY NEXT TWO TO THREE years I WILL SHOW them HOW igbos benefitted from jonathan ...i will never regret support jonathan
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by babyfaceafrica: 9:16am On Oct 08, 2016|
DrPrickson:so an elderly stateman is lying? and you know more than him?...countinue
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Ojiofor: 9:29am On Oct 08, 2016|
Ekwueme is on point GEJ did nothing for SE.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by simpleseyi: 9:31am On Oct 08, 2016|
Yes, Ekwueme is right, Jonathan gave Huasa's and his Ijaw brother's more stolen money than he gave Ibos. Useless old foolish man. He and his drug pushing brothers all lined up behind Goatluck Jonathan, we the well meaning Nigerians humiliated them all at the pools. They are still wailing and crying.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Nobody: 9:48am On Oct 08, 2016|
Did Jonathan treat any region well? His five years was just a cocktail party for some selected few.
He's a good man but had a laissez faire attitude to corruption.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by sarrki(m): 9:50am On Oct 08, 2016|
You are right
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Zonacom(m): 9:52am On Oct 08, 2016|
This has been my position. Jonathan failed the Southeast where it mattered most.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Nobody: 10:06am On Oct 08, 2016|
Well according to Peter Obi,Jonathan gave Igbo identity cards
Jonathan was a colossal disaster to the Nigeria project as a whole,Jonathan was the sole reason Buhari got elected.
Spits on his ineffectual brain.
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by DrPrickson: 10:08am On Oct 08, 2016|
babyfaceafrica:Its not new for elderly state men to lie. Lai mohammed, our VP, Mr President himself, OBJ etc . The list is endless, have all told bareface lies.
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by brainpulse: 10:15am On Oct 08, 2016|
He was as useless as the last s in the word . He killed PDP and everything that came his way. The roads, infrastructure and development in the yeast was left worst than ever
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Biddypearl(f): 10:15am On Oct 08, 2016|
|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by sukkot: 10:15am On Oct 08, 2016|
jonathan the igwe of abakaliki
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by martyns303(m): 10:15am On Oct 08, 2016|
Meanwhile I saw a sticker with the inscription "prayer for Buhari, Psalm 109:8". I just checked the Bible verse and lol......
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|Re: Jonathan Didn’t Treat The Igbo Well – Ekwueme by Igboid: 10:16am On Oct 08, 2016|
If those roads were built by other presidents before GEJ, they wouldn't be as bad as they currently are.
So the point is that GEJ didn't build them, likewise those before him.
But GEJ did bring equity and fairness to Nigerian polity, which allowed the Igbo business to grow. Something other Nigerian presidents never did.
And let's not forget the AIIA Enugu. He gave us that too, as little as it might seem now, it would still be but a dream, without GEJ.
What's more? GEJ didn't do much for his Ogbia people too, infact he did more for us than he did for Ogbia, so we cant accuse him of bias.
He was just another Ironsi, trying naively so hard to please the insatiable North.
If any one thinks that any amount of article will ever make Ndiigbo hate GEJ, that person is on a long thing, as the man will always be respected by Ndiigbo. He took us as his own, and we refused to have a hand in his political demise, treachery and betrayal are not the Igbo forte.
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