Nigeria will not know peace until an Igbo becomes President – Sen. Nwobodo

Peace may continue to elude Nigeria unless injustices being meted on Ndigbo are reversed; former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, declared, yesterday.

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Nwobodo, who identified the continued denial of the people of the South East the position of president of the country as one of the major injustices against Ndigbo, said peace will only return to the country when an Igbo assumes leadership of the country.

He spoke in Enugu, yesterday, during his 79th birthday celebration, organised for him by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

The elder statesman also said he would continue to fight for the unity of all Igbo, even as he wished he would be Igbo in his next life.

Senator Nwobodo attributed formation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and some other similar groups, to high rate of unemployment in the country and advised governments, at all levels, to ensure provision of jobs for youths.

“I will be an Igbo in my next life. Once we can love ourselves, the sky will be our limit.

“There is IPOB because there is no job. Graduates of 10 years without jobs can’t just keep quiet.

“I have accepted the challenge of uniting Ndigbo. Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani now calls me boss and I am overwhelmed and surprised at the marvellous works of God.

“There will be no peace in Nigeria until an Igbo man becomes President of Nigeria. Nigeria should give Ndigbo their share of the country. How can you revolve power just among a particular set of Nigerians?

“We wanted to go before; we won’t fight but peace will elude Nigeria if it continues to deny Ndigbo their due entitlement. I will not disappoint Ndigbo and I must always stand by the truth,” he said.

Nwobodo also frowned at the case of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who, he said, was not treated fairly by government in the manner he was booted out of office.

“How could the Chief Justice of the country be treated like a common criminal? I have never met him but the Judiciary, which is the only thing binding Nigeria together, has been desecrated,” he said.

Notable personalities including Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Senator Chimaroke Nnamani; Senator Ben Obi and Osita Chidoka, among others, were at the birthday celebration.



  1. Hello Jim, the political problem of the Igbo is not in their stars, but of their own making
    Not until they improve on their unskilled type of politics and do things differently can they have any chance of becoming president
    PDP had rode on the back of block Igbo votes to victory over the years without any tangible thing for the Igbo to show for it
    The much hyped second Niger bridge by Jonathan turned out a mere political gimmick
    The much orchestrated international airport was merely the renovation of Emene airport
    PDP holds practically nothing for the Igbo

    • And you sincerely think that your APC holds practically something for the Igbos,lol? You amuse me, if that is your thinking. If your assertion is true, then let APC zone the next presidential ticket to South East. You will ask me-did the Igbos vote APC in the last election to enable the APC zone the No1 ticket to them? And my answer is this- Are there no Igbo sons and daughters who are loyal to APC and this Government that are qualified to be No 1 citizen?

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