The first Republic Minister for Aviation, Chief Mbazurike Amaechi has commended the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze-Ndigbo for the new improvement and better focused on national issues.
Amaechi, a nonagenarian and the only surviving member of the first cabinet in Nigeria in an interview in his country home, Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government of Anambra state said some time ago the body had derailed on matters of national discuss, particularly as it affects the Igbos.
“About a year now Ohaneze Ndigbo has improved and they appear more and better focused on what its position should be. Sometime ago the body derailed when they supported the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra by the present Federal government.
“Possibly this new focus of Ohaneze may be connected with the current meetings between the body and the Afenifere; the apex Yoruba organisation.
“I wish to commend the leadership for that, I also encourage the entire Igbo people to give the Ohaneze Ndigbo the support since the body has chosen to speak and protect the interest of our people.
“Our people should be aware of the new politico religious programme which the North wants to execute through the present government and it is called Ruga.
“What Ruga means is that they will colonize the South East area and take it as their home. They will come with their young men and women.
“Imagine a place where twenty young men would marry up to three or four wives and they would produce children and very soon they would have a large population that would convert everyone to their religion.
“Our people do not know about this and our state governments are blind to what is about to happen.
“I learnt some people are talking about boycotting the Fulani cattle and I ask during Shehu Shagari, Tafawa Balewa, Babangida, Abacha and the rest of them we had the Fulani cattle and we were eating the cow and patronizing them.
“What they are doing is as a result of the Ruga Agenda,’’ he said.
Amaechi, popularly called “the Boy is Good’’ by the Zikist, however, took a whip at the South East governors over afraid of losing out after leaving office on matters of Igbo agenda.
“Unfortunately, the governors are afraid of losing what they have and that is why they are not doing what is expected of them.
“The governors will always end up as senators, so they are being careful so that they do not lose out in the process. They end up as senators to protect themselves after leaving office. Very soon our senate would end up being full of ex-governors.
“By then the senate would be full of surrogates and they cannot have the needed voice to checkmate the activities of the executive arm of government,’’ he said.
Amaechi said that the senate did not have that Nationalist orientation and ideas that they had in the first republic.
“All that they are after is money. You know that this is the product of the thirty-eight years of military rule and they groomed and enthroned a set of Nigerians that do not know what our country needs and this is very sad,’’ he said.