A former Governor of Enugu State and senator representing Enugu East senatorial district, Chimaroke Nnamani, has described young critics who call him a traitor because he is not supporting an Igbo presidential candidate or the agitation for a Biafra nation as “Igbo children of hateful conception and vile”.
Newsbreak.ng reports that in a statement on Wednesday, Nnamani advised Igbo people to “retrace the steps” of former Eastern Premier, Michael Okpara; and Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of the Western Region (both late).
“They say I am a traitor. The Igbo children of hateful Conception and Vile. Traitors don’t cry for causes they succeeded in betraying. I know my children cannot aspire to certain offices in a country I call my own. Their fathers are comfortable standing for hours to pour adulations on their fellow citizens, albeit first class, while ignoring their Second Class Status. These children don’t know that I don’t have to do this. I have an alternative profession.
“We need a restart. Based on a paradigm shift. Careful but calculated risk. The Igbo has to retrace the steps of Okpara and Awolowo, The United Progressive Grand Alliance. Imagine the boost of an Afenifere endorsement of an Igbo product of a true National alliance not a product of hasty three-day demagoguery. Conversion without Baptism. A well-educated researched Nigerian Patriot. A marathon politician with solid home base support of colleagues and Network of multi located long term.”