In his article ‘Wise men till come from the East’ which he published today, Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, told the Igbos that the issue of marginalization they are crying of now would not have been if they had voted wisely in 2015 and re-elected Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige into the Senate. According to Adesina, Ngige would by now have been in the Senate president and not Bukola Saraki.
“To make matters worse, the East had refused to re-elect its own son, Dr Chris Ngige, as senator. If Ngige had been given a mandate, he would have effortlessly emerged Senate President, and see what the region would have benefitted. But the large number opted for self-immolation, voted Ngige out, and later began to scream marginalization. But if you ask me, it was a self-inflicted wound. Result of poor politics.
You know what the mistakes of 2015 did to Ndigbo? It consigned them to perpetual opposition politics, playing in the periphery. For such an illustrious and enterprising people, that was unfortunate, if not tragic. If they continued that way, there was no silver lining in the sky for the future. Nigeria is configured in a way that the person who builds the largest coalition is the one who can emerge President.
The Igbo should naturally produce the President one day, that is what fairness demands. But how would that ever happen, if they continued to play poor politics? If you continue to swim in small pools, you stand the risk of being submerged in bigger waters. But now, things are changing. The wise men are making a difference. ”he wrote