Chidi Ibeh: Joe Igbokwe And Politics Of Sycophancy

Recently, Joe Igbokwe has become a manifestation and replication of the biblical Esau in Igboland. He has been hypnotized to see nothing good about his kith and kin. He can be easily contracted to do any type of hackman’s job against his people. He seems to be the champion and a ready dupe to denigrate the Igbo people. He needs to put on his thinking cap.

There is a popular Igbo saying that whoever was not around when the father was buried starts from his feet to do the exhumation. Joe Igbokwe should reflect over his history in the community. It is a well known fact that the leopard can never change its spots.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio cultural organization cannot sit down and watch one single Igbo son ridicule the integrity of Ndigbo without irrational and unjustifiable allegations. It is high time we call him to order so that he can coordinate his tongue with his brain.

Igbo Presidency is not negotiable and can never be compromised by any person or group of persons, it is our turn, other geo political zones should see reasons and support this Igbo quest for 2023 Presidency. Many prominent and eminent Igbo sons and daughters and even people outside the Igboland who know what is equity, advanced this position. How is it that it is only Joe Igbokwe that knows what is more equitable than all these people?

We have very revered prominent Igbo sons and daughters with immeasurable pedigrees as world class successful businessmen and women, detribalized nationalists with human face, eminently qualified, if not more than what we have had so far from any other geo political zones, to be the President of Nigeria. This is the current Igbo project that no sane Igbo person with his or her thinking cap should downplay or reduce to ethnic politics.

Joe Igbokwe in one of his latest rantings said that the Igbo people are playing ethnic politics. However and whatever he meant he did not meaningfully substantiate. This leaves one to wonder what he really meant. This is why the Ohaneze Ndigbo want to appreciate what is ethnic politics according to Joe Igbokwe. When a people and a section of a society complains justifiably, is that what he meant by ethnic politics? When a people or a section of the society say they are constitutionally schemed out to be second class citizens, is that ethnic politics? When there is clamour for the restructuring of the entire system, and fortunately many other sectors of the society saw the cogency and have keyed into the clamour, just because it was initiated by a particular section of the society, does that tantamount to ethnic politics? When a sector of the society is seen as a mere dot in a circle and the people say: no, we are the Archimedean dot is that ethnic politics? These are critical issues Joe Igbokwe needs to interrogate himself and see how politically ethnic these are. Or when we are clamouring that our son Mazi Nnamdi Kalu should be released to us unconditionally, could this be the ethnic politics he is talking about?

There is a cogent need to tutor Joe Igbokwe what is not ethnic politics, maybe he would retrieve his hypnotized or lost senses and appreciate what is meant by ethnic politics. What is not ethnic politics is when one section of the society singles out another section and categorically states that that section of the country cannot taste the presidency for life? What is not ethnic politics is ensuring that the same section of the country cannot be in the national security council? What is not ethnic politics is when a section that lives and thrives in importation of goods by cargoes is politically and constitutionally schemed out of having its own international cargo airports and seaports? What is not ethnic politics is when a democracy becomes dictatorship of the majority by one region to stifle the minority from all ramifications? It is believed that if Joe Igbokwe can objectively acknowledge these as not being ethnic politics or even worse than that, then one can forgive him for the allegations against the Igbo as it then becomes clear that he is on a paid mission. If the contrary becomes the case, then we know that he is, to say the least, disingenuous and at the same time sycophantic. Hallmarks of charlatans.

We, therefore, require Joe Igbokwe to retract his comments with a public apology to Ndigbo. He has been offending the sensibilities and intelligence of the Igbo people by his unbridled garrulity which smacks of people who talk before they think.

It is a well known saying that charity begins at home. This recent ranting from the infamous Joe Igbokwe came at the heels of the just concluded Anambra elections. Why didn’t he come to Anambra and campaign for his so much prided and mission of non ethnic politics? At least he would have proven to the people what is ethnic politics and not vituperations on his Facebook and on newspaper pages. No one bites another from afar.

Joe Igbokwe, your party or your candidate’s misfortunes should not be the cause to insult the Igbo people. Where were you when your party acted a Nollywood-styled primaries that gave the flagbearer your so much mouthed gale of numbers which later became a mirage during the actual voting? It is easy to rant from your cocoon and do the bidding of those who give you porridge to sell your people. Remember the fate of Esau. Remember the proverbial black sheep. Your immediate family and kinsmen have once made a public statement disowning you and your puerile and selfish rantings. You have shot yourself and your posterity on the leg. Don’t let it develop gangrene. Look for the roads back to sanity. The prodigal son was welcomed back irrespective of records. Our hands are wide open. We still see you as one of us. However bear this in mind: ‘Dike amaghi ebe o n’eje, ma o ma ebe o si’. This is how a true Igbo man thinks. He goes in peace, spreads peace and comes back in peace. He doesn’t go to learn how to denigrate his people.

The Igbo people strongly believe in the one Nigeria project of equity and fairness. The Igbo people believe in a Nigeria where no society is seen as second class citizens while others are born to rule and therefore become stooges to others. We do not need to lick others’ feet before we are no longer seen as second class citizens or the war vanquished.

It’s high time Joe Igbokwe wakes up from his self-sedated political slumber. It appears he can only remain Joe Igbokwe through blackmailing his kith and kin, and ratu ratu syndrome.

High Chief Chidi Ibe, MFR

President General

Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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