- A presidential aspirant in the ruling APC, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has berated Pastor Tunde Bakare for his recent comments about Igbos
- Bakare, a pastor-politician, had said Igbos cannot rule Nigeria for now, because they are under a curse
- The comments of the Lagos-based preacher sparked outrage in several parts of the southeast region of Nigeria
Rather than liabilities, Okorocha said the Igbos are an asset to Nigeria and that they are not the problem of the country.
Okorocha made the statement on Tuesday, April 5 in Abuja when he received the National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Dayo Israel at his campaign office in Abuja.
Vanguard newspaper quoted him as saying:
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“When I listened to Bakare mention that the Igbos are cursed in the cause of his preaching, I think that is an overstatement and unwarranted preaching. I must state here categorically that Igbos are not cursed and they will never be cursed.
“They are peaceful and blessed Nigerians who are found in every nook and cranny of this country. They may not be good politicians, because of the kind of politics we play in Nigeria, but definitely, they are not cursed. Igbos are a great asset to this country. They are not the problem.”
Veteran journalist accuses Pastor Bakare of embarking on treacherous theology
Reacting to Pastor Bakare's comments, veteran journalist Steve Osuji stated that the preacher embarked on treacherous theology.
Writing in The Source magazine, Osuji noted that Bakare is inciting Hausa-Fulani hatred on the Igbos and he’s dressing it all up as a religious sermon from the altar.
2023: We’ll win more states in Igboland, says APC southeast
Meanwhile, the zonal leadership of the APC in the southeast on Sunday, April 3 held its inaugural meeting in Enugu with a vow to win more states for the ruling party in Igbo land.
The zone which is led by Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu unveiled its agenda for the party in the zone ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Arodiogbu stated that the southeast had benefited much from the APC-led administration at the centre and even in the states in which the party has its governors as the chief executives.
2023: We won’t support any presidential candidate above 70, says GNM
In a related development, the Green Nigeria Movement (GNM) has said that it will not support any presidential candidate who is above 70 years old.
The group disclosed this on Tuesday, March 22 at a consultation breakfast meeting with Civil Society Organisations held in Abuja.
Convener of the GNM, Mr. Moses Siloko Siasia, said the group is posed to mobilize up to 12million votes for a credible presidential candidate at the forthcoming 2023 general election.