P.M. News (Lagos)

23 May 2002

Nigeria: 'Stop Begging for Appointment'

Lagos — An Igbo leader and grand patron of Mgborokwu Ndigbo Association, Chief Livinus Chukwudi Okwara, has advised Igbos to stop begging for political appointments and join political parties that will serve their interests.

In a statement made available to P.M.News, Chief Okwara argued that it is when Igbos join parties and participate fully in the elections that they can vote and be voted for.

"Igbos as a nation should stop being beggarly in their quest for national offices", he stated.

He urged his kinsmen to stop chasing money to the detriment of political advantages. Chief Okwara said Igbos should learn to sacrifice and invest financially in political engineering at all levels.

The political activist, who is also an Alliance for Democracy (AD) stalwart, stated that Igbos must understand that in the comity of nations, no one will leave his section for others.

He accused Ohanaeze Ndigbo of being made up of selfish and unpatriotic people who have acted in manners detrimental to the Igbo nation.

Chief Okwara asked, "How many of the known names being mentioned as presidential hopefuls have made personal sacrifices, either financial or risk detention for Igbo interest, except to cooperate with any power in government for their selfish interests?"

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