A grassroots Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Imeobi Igbo Forum, has described the current generation of politicians in the Southeast as the “worst in history.”
The group also said the region’s current members of the National Assembly have failed the Igbo people and called for them to be barred from contesting the 2023 general elections.
Addressing journalists in Nnewi, Anambra State, on Tuesday, the IIF National Chairman, Dr. Mike Ikegulu, berated politicians and elites in the region for their public behavior and utterances aimed at “pleasing chieftains of some ethnic groups,” describing it as “disappointing” and “painful.”
Ikegulu said, “Since the emergence of the current Igbo elite in politics and business, the Ndigbo continue to be shamed and overreached. We are not truly represented in all spheres of Nigerian affairs.
“Their public behavior and utterances are disappointing and painful just to please the heads of some ethnic groups. These Igbo elites have raped and abandoned the Ndigbo.
“Those who sit in the National Assembly are insensitive to our collective interests. They never speak out on any issue of interest to the Ndigbo just to make money and enrich themselves personally.”
He called on the people to take advantage of the ongoing registration of permanent voters card to register and be ready to vote out leaders who have not meant well for the region.
He lamented that the current system of governance in Nigeria is alien to the Ndigbo, adding that leaders in the region emerge through their actions and utterances and not through elections or appointments.
He said that in a multi-ethnic country like Nigeria, other ethnic groups have stratified leadership, but the Igbos are represented in such an insidious manner.