Ohanaeze Ndigbo has criticized Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, for saying that Igbo people play the worst politics in Nigeria.
Recently, Okorocha had called for a change in strategy if the southeast was to attain political relevance in Nigeria’s political space.
In response, Ohanaeze challenged Okorocha to carry out a critique of his remarks and come up with a more appreciable opinion.
According to Punch, the national publicity secretary of the body, Prince Uche Achi Okpaga, in a statement issued in Abakaliki, Ebonyi said: “Every human being (or race) is affected or influenced by his cultural, religious and social backgrounds. Ndigbo are no exception.
“The republican and egalitarian nature of Ndigbo distinguishes them and, as well influences them in all ramifications.
“To say that Ndigbo play the worst politics without first juxtaposing it viz-a-viz these inalienable factors that influence them may not be correct.
“I advise whoever is of this opinion to x-ray it once again and profess a more appreciable opinion.”
Also the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) and Igbo National Council (INC) accused Okorocha of never identifying with Igbo cause.
The ECA secretary, Evangelist Ugochukwu-Uko said: “My brother, we are 100 percent in agreement with Okorocha. We agree that Igbo made terrible mistake by selecting someone like him as their leader.
“We agree with him. If our people play good politics, they would have looked for people who have our interests at heart. The tragedy of the Igbo nation is that the so-called leaders do not have the interest of the people at heart.”
National president of INC, Comrade Godsent, stated that: “Well, by our own understanding, the Igbo play politics of maturity based on principle. I want to ask, does it mean that we play worst politics by refusing to be political prostitutes, jumping from one party to another? Does that portray us as worst politicians?
“Okorocha’s statement should not be taken serious because the governor has not only lost his credibility among Ndigbo but acceptance.”
It was reported earlier that the governor had described Igbo people as those that play the worst politics in Nigeria, when he condemned the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He added that IPOB has succeeded in creating distrust for the Igbo people among other tribes by their agitation for secession.