|Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New|
Stats: 2,755,590 members, 6,546,677 topics. Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021 at 04:40 AM
|2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by intruder15(m): 12:06pm On Jul 26, 2020|
•Narrates how ex-Govs Rimi, Lar gave him $24m, others got him oil business
•Asks: What did Jonathan or Anyim do for the S/East?
•Slams region’s govs for not caring ‘whether you eat or not’, says Obiano unfair to royal fathers
•‘Why I am taking Anambra monarchs to Buhari in Abuja’
Igbo billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze, says for the Igbo to realise their dream of producing the President of Nigeria in 2023, they must work with the North.
In this interview conducted by Nnamdi Ojiego in his country home, Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Eze reveals why he’s taking Governor Willie Obiano to court, his support for President Muhammadu Buhari, among other issues. Excerpts:
Recently, there have been calls from some quarters for an Igbo to be president of Nigeria in 2023. What’s your take on this?
Listen, I don’t have any objections to that because only God can make anybody president including Igbo person. It is possible for an Igbo person to become Nigeria’s president in 2023. However, for us to achieve that, we must work with the North. Again, we shall pray to God to find an Igbo man who has character to help people.
I would prefer someone who has conscience; somebody who will remember the people. I don’t care where he or she comes from. During the time of President Jonathan, we had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Pius Anyim. What did he do for Igbo people? He brought Julius Berger and they tarred his own road; the one leading to his house. All our roads were bad. It is President Buhari that is tarring our roads now.
Look at Enugu – Onitsha Road, Enugu – Port Harcourt Road, Second Niger Bridge. He went and modernized Zik’s grave. Did Jonathan do that? These South-East governors, does any of them ask whether you eat or not? For example, in Anambra State, Dunukofia Local Government Area makes about N150 million every month. Has Governor Obiano built anything in Dunukofia? Has he brought any industry to Anambra? Tell me. Your children, where are they going to go tomorrow? Go to Yoruba land in Ogun, you will see industries. Go to Rivers and you’ll see industries.
I started politics when I was very young. My father was a member of the Eastern House of Chiefs during the time of Nnamdi Azikiwe and then Premier Okpara. I used to open doors for politicians whenever they come around, and my father never opposed any leader, be he Yoruba or Hausa. It is not in our blood.
We preferred to live in peace with everybody. So, for the Igbo to be President, they must love themselves and work other regions. We must learn from Nnamdi Azikiwe. Zik was a wise man. During his time, he built bridges with the North through the Sardauna of Sokoto and Tafawa Balewa. It is important that we emulate Zik at this point in time in our lives as a people. The seed of discord between the North and Ndigbo should be broken totally so that both regions can enjoy harmonious relationship for the benefit of all.
You said northerners love the Igbo. Why did you say so?
Yes. Why I said so is because, after civil war, when Igbo properties were being seized in Rivers and other areas, northerners didn’t seize anything. In fact, they returned all Igbo properties including money made from them. So, northerners are kind. Again, when I went to the North, they didn’t know who I was but they supported me and helped me to establish (businesses). Abubakar Rimi (second republic Kano governor) gave me $12 million for Kano TV in 1980 when I didn’t have one naira. He called Governor Lar and he gave me that of Plateau for $12 million. It was the same thing in Katsina, Borno and Kaduna. Then, they put me in oil business. They didn’t care where I came from. Tell me any Igbo man who can do that.
We learnt that you are taking Anambra State traditional rulers to President Buhari. What’s the purpose of the visit?
Yes. The Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers held a meeting with me. The purpose of the meeting was to appraise the achievements of President Buhari in the South-East and to reach a resolution for a thank you visit to the President. You see all he’s doing for us? Did you see the Onitsha-Enugu road? It is the best in Africa. What about Onitsha-Enugu road, Enugu – Port Harcourt road, Enugu airport, Second Niger Bridge and many others.
Buhari built and decorated the Zik’s mausoleum. Only a northerner can do that. So basically, we are visiting the President to thank him for the numerous developmental projects both completed and ongoing in the South-East, and to appeal to him to complete ongoing projects. We will also use the visit to beg him to dredge River Niger to allow ships berth at the river to help our people who are largely importers.
It was reported that you are taking your governor, Willie Obiano, to court. Why?
To compel him to pay traditional rulers their outstanding statutory entitlements which were approved by the late General Sani Abacha. The late Head of State allocated five percent for traditional rulers. The North has been implementing their own up till today.
Northern governors are paying their traditional rulers. Western governors are paying theirs but South-East governors, except that of Enugu State, are not paying, why? So I am taking Obiano to court unless he pays the outstanding money owed traditional rulers, start doing something for the people and stop wasting state’s resources on projects that have no economic impact on the people like the airport he’s building.
Obiano is spending $3billion to build airport at Aguleri while the people of Aguleri don’t have good roads. Enugu, where there is an airport, to Anambra is about 20 minutes’ drive, then you have Asaba airport close by.
So, do we really need another airport? Why not use the money to build industries and other critical infrastructure? Provide something for your people, your own children. Very soon we shall die. Your children, where are you going to engage them? Which industry did they build? They didn’t build any, not even one that is producing toilet tissue. That is the problem.
It was alleged that you were having a running battle with Obiano over the siting of the Zone 13 Police Command facility?
I’m not aware of anything like that. On the siting of the police command, it will interest you to know that in Anambra, Dunukofia or Ukpo is in the middle position. From here to Enugu with the new express road is just 20 minutes. From here to Ebonyi is about one hour using the road Buhari built for us. Here is a centralized place, that’s why it is sited here. Governor Obiano wanted it to be in Aguleri, his hometown. I thought that he would be happy we brought it to the centre because, from here to his place is less than seven minutes’ drive and from here to Onitsha is seven minutes. I thought that we were working together until I heard that he went to Abuja to spray money.
The point is that I didn’t even fight. I didn’t have the impression that I was fighting but when I heard that Obiano wrote a petition against me, I knew that there was actually a war. His people, Aguleri and Umueri, have been fighting war for many years, killing themselves but he has never reconciled them. Now, he’s interested on where to site Zone 13 Headquarters. The most important thing for him now should be to reconcile Aguleri and Umuleri communities, this is important and should be his utmost concern. So, where the facility is sited does not bother me.
By next year, Anambra will be electing another governor and there is this argument over zoning. Where do you stand on this issue?
The point is, if you see a good man, no matter where he is from, go and help him. Let them have the opportunity; provided that there is a good human being from that area; not a criminal that will deal with the people when he acquires power. Any man from the minority which has not gotten power should be allowed. This is because if you don’t do that, God can change situations anytime.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Iceberg3: 12:07pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Yorubas also love the igbos and will support them for presidency come 2023.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Racoon(m): 12:11pm On Jul 26, 2020|
This man must be hallucinating.Perhaps he has failed to observe the trend of politico-military events from 1966 till date.
2 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by omenka(m): 12:11pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Everyone looking for a way to get into the vaults and plunder its contents.
I'm not sold to any of these stupid gimmicks.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Kriss216: 12:14pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Foolish talk from a Billionaire.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by intruder15(m): 12:14pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Please throw more light on this. His points were clear and detailed.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by mrvitalis(m): 12:28pm On Jul 26, 2020|
intruder15:How many times have north attacked igbos from 1990 till date
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by intruder15(m): 12:31pm On Jul 26, 2020|
There are communial clashes in most part of Nigeria. It's not about igbos, yorubas or Hausa/Fulani.
Though it's more predominant in the north than other parts of Nigeria. Who they attack varies. Not tribe.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by IamWonderful: 12:42pm On Jul 26, 2020|
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by donbachi(m): 12:49pm On Jul 26, 2020|
$12 million....in 1980.no be today dem begin rape dis country. Rants of a political jobber.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by johnmartus(m): 12:51pm On Jul 26, 2020|
This international criminal man still parading himself as a mouth speaker for the whole tribe their activities need to be check mate.
Lar gave him 24million dollar. Please when was that what did he do to lar that warrant that kind gesture?
The facts is that we need a vibrant person to lead this country such person would able to question this old fool source of wealth.
Lol this man will kill igbo over Hausa.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by richie240: 12:53pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Nothing wey ears nor go hear!
Well, as far as I'm concerned, d igbos are much more concerned about getting Biafra, and we sensible Nigerians support it fully!
Nobody shd distract them from achieving dt please.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by DEROX: 12:55pm On Jul 26, 2020|
phython dance comes to mind so as kano massacre and civil war
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by flokii: 12:55pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Mc Oluomo is coming to your rescue..
Vote Omoluabis for governor and say no to incompetence in alaigbo
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by SpecialAdviser(m): 1:42pm On Jul 26, 2020|
Personally my only issue with the North is their violence tendencey.
The narrative is always the same, a Northerner can be your best friend but during crisis will expose you to be the first target.
Many Igbos have lost their lives in the north to unfortunate babarism and this is where the anger lies. Same reason for hating Buhari who have in the past shown affirmative attitude and utterances to such killings.
Aside violence, an average northerner is a very good man to love.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Arrewa: 12:06am On Jul 27, 2020|
SpecialAdviser:stop being a hypocrite!!
See as you're comfortably stereotyping northerners for having violence tendency...
What of your tribe that have clashes over two hectare of land down east?
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by hajimosho(m): 12:11am On Jul 27, 2020|
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by SpecialAdviser(m): 7:37am On Jul 27, 2020|
Is not funny how you come to contradict the same topic you created a thread on?? North is bleeding. Bleeding from what? Is it not violence.
I decided to reply you because I saw a bit of honesty in a post you created and felt you are reasoning like someone to be engaged in
an intelligence conversation. Where is hypocrisy in my comment?
There is violence everywhere for sure but can you measure with what is obtainable in the North? The senseless killings, the religious killings, tribal killings, hate killings, crime killings, political killings are just too much for one region.
If really you are educated, I advice you organise awareness and orientation programme to save your region and quit coming to nairaland to find whom you will accuse of attacking you. This is if surely your are from the north cos I hardly trust anything here.
Again, this is the last time I will reply you on this topic. Bye
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:01am On Jul 27, 2020|
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Esseite: 8:44am On Jul 27, 2020|
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by BlackfireX: 8:56am On Jul 27, 2020|
Some truth , some lies....
A storm is coming.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Spiff20(m): 9:26am On Jul 27, 2020|
Man's got some points you can't ignore.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by sapientia(m): 9:39am On Jul 27, 2020|
Pity Oga have become a mole
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by NLandIsHypocrit: 9:42am On Jul 27, 2020|
This man is one of the useless idiots that a yobbish thunder from Amadioha will fire. That shameless and selfish coward dashed a whopping N12 billion to the zoo while some people in his village are struggling with poverty and many youths in his village are jobless. And now he wants to sell us to the Foolani terrorists as slaves. Devil must punish that man.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Collyweed: 9:43am On Jul 27, 2020|
He has no point. “Igbo Presidency” is simply a last ditch attempt to save a failed federation.
And if Arthur Eze and his gang of career criminals think we can’t see through their scheming they are only deceiving themselves and those wish to be deceived.
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by joeyfire(m): 9:52am On Jul 27, 2020|
This Abacha slave should shut his dirty mouth. People who wonder why so many igbos see Nnamdi Kanu as their leader should look at clowns like Arthur Eze and understand why
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by explorer250(m): 10:20am On Jul 27, 2020|
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Nobody: 11:00am On Jul 27, 2020|
Let's see how it goes
But for me and my family in Ibadan, we are voting the best candidate
If you like make you be Nupe or Tapa
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Gurusmark1: 11:14am On Jul 27, 2020|
Haha. Igbo kwenu
|Re: 2023: North Loves Igbo, Will Help Ndigbo Become President — Arthur Eze by Commonsense99: 12:19pm On Jul 27, 2020|
Eze na ukpo is manifesting early signs of senile Dementia.
Meanwhile someone should remind this dude of what he knows already, that igbos don't give 2 Fvcks about who likes of hates them.
Whatever anyone thinks about Ndigbo is entirely the person's problem, not ours.
|Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health |
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket
Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2021 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 128