A community leader in Anambra State, Chief Paulinus Anagboso, has condemned what he called Rochas Okorocha’s intemperate abuse of the people of Anambra, expressing surprise that somebody occupying a position of responsibility like him could speak without circumspection.
He was reacting to reports credited to Governor Okorocha that Anambra people are the problem of Igbo land and that their leaders play cash and carry politics.
Chief Anagboso said such statements could truncate Igbo unity which, according to him, responsible Igbo leaders were championing.
“It is regrettable that when other geo-political zones are forging central unity, people like Rochas Okorocha are creating enmity among the Igbo. Does he realize at all that internal unity is a prerequisite for solidarity and once a people are destroyed from within, they are finished?”
Anagboso, who recalled that during the launch of the distribution of books by Sir Emeka Offor Foundation at Oraifite, the same Okorocha commended the people of Anambra State for their industry and called them the ‘pride of the Igbo’, wondered what had gone wrong. “Even at that event, when he was newly sworn-in as the governor of Imo State, he said for the first time in his life, he went to election without spending a kobo as Sir Emeka Offor and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah sponsored his election. The only gratitude he owes them is to now call them ‘moneybags’ politicians.
Wondering why the Imo governor made direct or indirect reference to Governor Obi, Anagboso said Obi was far ahead of him in any aspect of life for Okorocha to vilify Obi in any way. He said even recently, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Revd. Obinna appealed to Okorocha to emulate Governor Obi in the art of governance.
He said while other people in Nigeria saw Anambra people in Nigeria as most industrious Nigerians, that it was surprising for Okorocha to make uncomplimentary remarks about them.
He appealed to the Igbo to shun divisive tendencies and work together, adding that they should avoid unguarded statements as Okorocha did, saying it was more out of inferiority complex.