Eke Tuesday 26 January 2021:

Igbo si na a choba isi ochu si gaba na uzu. Igbo disingenuousness and self-marginalization have their roots in the Igbo downfall of 1966, and their seeds in the Dr. M. I. Okpara independence maladministration.

Zik handpicked Dr. M. I. Okpara and Dr. Akanu Ibiam, and handed both of them the government of the Eastern Region and the leadership of the most populous political party in the country, his National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), as he awaited his retirement from politics after his two tenures as the president (or second in command) of the Nigerian federation.

Dr. M. I. Okpara immediately plunged into building massively on Zik’s industrial revolution. And even added his own brainchild, his agricultural revolution.

The Eastern Region was the most progressive, the biggest, and the fastest growing regional economy in Nigeria, and in the world, under Zik and then under Okpara.

It was the envy of Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello; both of whom were plotting more to shut it down and destroy it than to compete with it.

Ahmadu Bello and Obafemi Awolowo started reaching out to the COR (Calabar, Ogoja, Rivers) Region agitators in fake solidarity.

As Ahmadu Bello started distablizing the Western Region, he simultaneously sent feelers to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, student leader, Isaac Adaka Boro, to start distablizing Port Harcourt; which was then on the verge of overtaking Lagos as Nigeria’s New York.

As M. I. Okpara inherited Awolowo’s and Bello’s political antagonisms, rather than stick with Zik his predecessor, benefactor, and mentor ideologically, he began to kowtow the Eastern Region to our worse antagonist, Obafemi Awolowo.

Premier M. I. Okpara was not any different from Premier Samuel Akintola. He betrayed our Region to Ndi Yoruba, like Akintola betrayed Western Region to Ndi Awusa.

In fact, Premier Michael Iheonukara Okpara did worse to Zik and the Eastern Region than Premier Samuel Ladoke Akintola did to Awolowo and Western Region; in the sense that where Bello was supporting Akintola financially and promising him to succeed Zik as the next president of the country, Okpara was sponsoring Awolowo and the Yorubas in the hope of a future alliance with them that would make him (Okpara) the next Prime Minister of Nigeria.

The only difference between the two historic sabotages was that Zik declined to contend with Okpara the same way Awolowo contended with Akintola.

Dr. M. I. Okpara’s misbegotten ambition to become the next Prime Minister of Nigeria destroyed Ndi Igbo till today.

Chuma Oguagha
The Pastor of The Igbo Revolution

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