By Nick Chibunna
An elder statesman and first republic frontline politician, Prince Contech O. Omeka, has warned that unless there is serious political orientation for Nigerian leaders, the country would continue to slide into the doldrums.
Prince Omeka who was speaking to newsmen on the state of the nation, in his country home Inyishi, in the Ikeduru local government area of Imo State lamented that the present political space in Nigeria is occupied mainly by unpatriotic elements who masquerade as political leaders.
He decried the place of Ndigbo in the present political arrangement in Nigeria and blamed it on those he described as black legs among them who aligned with the oppresors to hold Ndigbo down.
On the future of Nigeria as a nation, the fiery defunct United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA) Chieftain in the first republic said that except something is done and quickly too, the future of Nigeria as a nation is very bleak.
He said that unlike what was obtained during the first and second republic politics in Nigeria, today’s politicians are very selfish, greedy, empty, bereft of wisdom, and lack respect for their elders.
Prince Omeka said that the greatest undoing of the country’s political future is the entrenchment of money which now determines who would go and who would not, adding that in his days money was never used as the yardstick to nominate or elect credible representatives.
He said because money was less emphasized during their own time, political leaders like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Mallam Aminu Kano, Joseph Tarka, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Dr. M.I. Opara and many others were highly revered and respected by their disciples and followers.
Asked why members of the old brigade have refused to speak out and advise the present politicians, the elder statesman who has refused to accept chieftaincy titles on the grounds that they have been abused by charlatans, said that the present politicians are deaf and deadly and would not take any advice.
He took a swipe on the present Igbo leaders whom he accused of leading their people astray and making them second class citizens in Nigeria.
The man who, alongside Adeniran Ogunsanya, R.B.K. Okafor and others, went to Nsukka to invite Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe into the defunt Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) before the split, eulogized Dr. Azikiwe as a foremost politician who led the biggest and all embracing political party, the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) with support base in all sections of Nigeria.
On the rescue mission of the present Imo State government, the 85-years-old politician who is incapacitated due to glaucoma said that the state is yet to be rescued, adding that until the policy agenda is focused on agriculture and industrialization, the much trumpeted rescue mission remains a mirage.