Igbos Should Stop Fighting For Presidency & Focus On Developing The Southeast – Mike Okonkwo
TREM founder Bishop Mike Okonkwo has urged the people of the South East to stop fighting for presidency.
In an interview with Victor Oluwasegun, the MOG said he doesn’t believe in Igbo Presidency.
Here are his words:
I’m an Igbo man and as far as I’m concerned, I don’t believe in Igbos looking for presidency. The Igbos should shut their doors and develop the Southeast. We are fighting for the wrong things. As far as I am concerned, this nation needs restructuring. The reason everyone is jostling for presidency is because of the juicy largesse that comes from there. Let every person go to his own region and develop it. Make the center less attractive. Unbundle this center.
Let people go, if you have anything to offer, go to your region and get it done. For me, I am not an advocate of Igbo presidency. No doubt, Igbos have been marginalised. I’m not taking that out.
They have been deprived, but my point is; let’s not use that as bait, as if we’re doing the Igbos a favor. We are all Nigerians. Everyone is entitled to rule this country. That was my joy when Jonathan became president of this country. I was excited in the sense that for once, let it be said that a minority can rule this country.
In fact, I was happy that he came on board. Unfortunately, he played with it and this is where we are. So for me, Igbos should not be thinking of that. Let’s even be thinking of how to restructure the country.
But if God decides that he has something to do through an Igbo man within this country, in order for us to get where we are going, I don’t have any issues with that. But let it not be bait that were offering you presidency. What makes them think if they say it, they will do it?
On Church and politics, Okonkwo said:
Anyone who makes prophetic declarations let him stand by this declaration. If it didn’t come to pass, let him come and apologise to the church. This is because there have been condemnation of some of these declarations that didn’t come to pass. That’s what I’m saying. They should come and apologise to the church. There’s nothing wrong, you made a prophecy and it went over the bar, so come to church and tell the church that you lied. What annoys me is that you come and begin to paint it: I said it this way, because I said it that way. That’s nonsense. You made a prophecy, it failed. You’re a human being. Come to church and say, I failed. Then we move on.