A former Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the comment made by a foremost Nigerian philanthropist and oil mogul, Prince Arthur Eze, says Igbo about the north.
Naija News reports that Eze had said while speaking to journalists in his country home, Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, that Igbos must love themselves and be willing to support each other if they want to be president of Nigeria in 2023.
Eze had said that Igbo indigenes cannot be president if they continue to dislike and fight each other at every given time, adding that he was assisted by northerners in the past even when he was more like a stranger.
The foremost Nigerian philanthropist had said that the north also introduced him into oil business without knowing him or who he was, adding that the actions of the northerners at the time is the “spirit I want our people to imbibe.”
Eze said: “We must love ourselves before we can become president of Nigeria. Politicians are causing hatred in Igbo land, they find it difficult to work with each other. Each desires to work for their own selfish interest.
“Another thing is that we must see a way to work with northerners. I love northern leaders and they love me too. They are very easy to deal with. When I was struggling to be somebody in life, they took me in with trust.
“Only God can find the kind of Igbo man that has the character to help. Without that kind of character, we cannot unite to become president of Nigeria. That is why the north is succeeding, and we need to liaise with them too to be able to become president in 2023.
“I didn’t know Abubakar Rimi or Solomon Lar when they gave me contracts to equip their state TV in those days. The north also introduced me into oil business without knowing me or who I was. That is the spirit I want our people to imbibe,” Eze said.
Reacting to Eze’s statement in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Sani wrote: “My dear Uncle Arthur, your good friends up here can be too liberal in Business but are too stiff with power.”
My dear Uncle Arthur,Your good friends up here can be too liberal in Business but are too stiff with power.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 14, 2020