Leave IPOB Alone, Face Governance, Cleric Tells Soludo
Senior Pastor of the Bible Base Miracle Assembly, Nkpor, Anambra State, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Nwachukwu-Ugochukwu, has called on Governor Charles Soludo not to allow certain issues distract him from realizing the expectations of Anambra people.
Rev. Nwachukwu suggested that delivering the dividends of democracy and good governance to Anambra people are more paramount than meddling into the affairs of agitators, etc.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday, in his church located at No. 19 Ezendu Street, off Mesedez Benz Avenue, Nkopr, Idemili North LGA, the cleric suggested that since the sit-at-home initiated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not stop Soludo’s predecessor and other governors of the south-east from actualizing the businesses of governing their states, he should not allow it to sway his attention.
“Soludo should not allow trifling issues to sway his attention from the business of governance. There are many issues yearning for attention. Much is expected of Soludo from the people that elected him into office. He cannot afford to disappoint their expectations.
“Also, the governor should shun sycophants, and not allow them to distract him. He should learn from mistakes of those that allowed false people to lock around them. The governor should listen to constructive criticisms, and those that have good intentions. He should talk less, and act much. That is how he will succeed,” he said.
While commending Governor Soludo for his vision to keep Onitsha and its environs clean, especially the markets, the cleric also called on the citizens not to sabotage the exercise; saying that it is a step towards a healthier state. He also called on Soludo to avoid wasteful spending, but to channel the state resources to areas they are most needed.
On the 2023 presidential election, the cleric said the S’East will hardly get presidency when political leaders from the zone are not united.
“I am not among those talking about Igbo presidency in 2023, because, I believe the region is not ready politically to produce president. One, Igbo political elite is concentrated in the PDP. They make little percentage in the ruling All Progressive Congress. With a scenario like this, it would be hard for APC to give its presidential ticket to the southeast, except the party is planning to fail, and has decided to gift the presidency to the PDP.
“The Southeast are more inclined towards PDP, but even if the PDP gives its presidency to the southeast, it will be difficult to win the APC, which is more dominant in the southwest, and APC is likely to move in that direction.
“The southeast believes it is their turn to produce president. They believe that they have sacrificed so much to the unity and continued coexistence of Nigeria. They are insisting that the presidency should rotate, not just between the north and the south; but also between the south west and the south east. They’re correct!
“But, unless Nigerians would decide to give the slot to the south-east on a plater of gold, it is clear that votes of Igbo people alone cannot give them presidency. In 2015, the entire south-east gave Jonathan two million, five hundred thousand votes. How could the Igbo decide their fate in 2023 with that number?
“Again, how could people who are undecided on whether they want presidency, Biafra or referendum achieve presidency? Most political leaders in the south-east are driven by selfish tendencies, and this has affected the people over the years. Will a president of Igbo extraction be realized when the people are not united, and cannot speak with one voice?”