Igbos are hungry for a true leader to lead them


Ozodi Osuji

      Igbos are hungry for a real leader to modernize their country; they believe that with a true leader in the land that they would be at the level of the Asian tigers (South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan,

 and China).

    True leaders set goals for their people and mobilize the people and material resources and use them to accomplish those goals and objectives. Igbos are yearning for such true leaders to emerge in their world. They are sick and tired of the mostly self-centered thieves found in Abuja.

     This yearning for great leaders explains why they supported Nnamdi Kanu and are now supporting Peter Obi. Both men are seen as doers who would modernize the country.

     The tragedy of Nigeria is that the most backward people in the country rule the most forward-looking people in the country, Igbos and Yorubas etc.


     I am from Owerri and, as such, pay close attention to my people. I noticed that we are seldom at the forefront fighting for Igbo freedom or for Nigeria’s greatness.

      Owerri folks are good at education but upon obtaining good education resign themselves to doing mostly government work and seldom speak out on social and economic issues.

      I asked why this is so. The answer is quite simple. Owerri folks are like all human beings; they live as egos in bodies; egos in bodies are aware of danger to them; if you step out of line the powers that be can snuff you out of existence; so, most people keep quiet and toe the line to survive as egos in bodies and in doing so live fearful and cowardly existence.

     A life lived in fear and cowardice relegates one to keeping quiet and existing in the background and seldom speaking up on social and economic issues. People who do so are not fully alive, they are merely surviving and are of no value to existence, for existence wants people to seek the truth, find it and live it at the risk of their survival.

    Courageous folks live everyday of their lives because every day of their lives is exposed to danger whereas cowards live a hundred years as nonentity and die and no one notices their death.

     It is now time for Owerri folk to be at the forefront fighting for social and economic justice in Nigeria, Africa and in the world and start living fully instead of scurrying around in the background, hiding and surviving like rats.

     In the world, as we know it, people admire courageous folks and have dismissive attitude towards those they perceive as fearful chicken who place mere survival above speaking truth to power. Most Igbos have dismissive attitude towards Owerri folks because they seldom are at the forefront fighting for Igbo issues.

    Umuahia and Anambra people, so far, tend to be at the forefront championing Igbo issues: Nnamdi Azikiwe, Emeka Ojukwu, Michael Okpara, Nnamdi Kanu and Peter Obi are some Igbo fighters, see where they came from.

    To be a true leader one must voluntarily allow one’s prior fear-driven self to die and allow a courageous self to be reborn in one.

     The people that have made great differences in human civilization are those who staked their all on causes that they believed are right. I can think of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Bobby Seal, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and so on. Some of these courageous people paid the ultimate price for their accomplishment, death.

    The mass of humanity just wants to survive and survive like rats, doing nothing useful for moving human beings towards   higher levels of being.

Ozodi Osuji

June 4, 2022

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