They are offsprings of the one father. So the assertion attributed to Barrister Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor became shocking. He stated an harworking Igbo son, and I trust he isrelating to the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Amaechi, wasonly declaring to be Igbo to to help his ambition of turning into Nigerian president come 2023. Wike in addition refuted being Igbo himself. Agreed, Wike has the power to preserve any view to this point as it’s mileswithin the ambit of the regulation and now no longer counter-productive. He can outline himself in any way he feels fit. But Amaechi, who holds the conventional chieftaincy name of ”Ochi Ariri Ikwerre,” which means the Defender of Ikwerre in Times of Difficulty, additionally has the identicalpower to look and outline himself as Igbo. Wike does now no longerrevel in the prerogative of figuring out himself and at thesame time defining others. Amaechi became former National President of the National Union of Rivers State Students, NURSS. He became former Speaker of Rivers House of Assembly, Chairman of the Conference of Speakers in Nigeria, –time period governor of Rivers, Chairman of the Governors Forum of Nigeria, GFN, and –time period Minister of Transportation. He is the primary Nigerian to be appointed Minister of Transportation and first Ikwerre to be given full-fledged Grade A minister. As an Ikwerre, I am pleased with Amaechi. As an Igbo, I am additionallypleased with him. Coming from the humanities, Amaechi is aware of records and social anthropology. He stated, “Look, I’m Ikwerre. But I’m additionally Igbo.” By so announcing he did now no longer in any mannerprevent any Ikwerre from offering himself as non-Igbo. Such an Ikwerre who denies his Igbo identificationmightneed togive an explanation for himself to the gods. Amaechi’s announcement of his Igboness at the BBC shouldnotcauseeveryone a headache. The Ikwerre Is Igbo It is essential to kingdom for reportfunctions that traditionally Ikwerres absolutelyrecognized themselves as Igbos with outstruggling harms. Chief Joseph Wobo, member of the Council of Chiefs of Eastern Nigeria, actuallysaid he is a Igbo. Nobody can disregard him as he defended Ikwerreland in colonial Nigeria. Sir Jackson Mpi, first and remaining Ikwerre to be conferred with Knight of the Order of British Empire, OBE, with the aid of using Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1960, recognized himself as Igbo. From the historical Kingdom of Isiokpo, Sir Mpi labored tirelessly for Igbo advancement. Dr Obi Wali becomethe primary Ikwerre PhD holder, senator and college lecturer. He becameadditionally the best Ikwerre during the 1978 Constituent Assembly wherein he becameselectedone of the 50 Wise Men that drafted the 1979 constitution. The incredible Dr Wali recognizedabsolutelytogether along with his Igbo history and was gruesomely assassinated protecting it. Okogbule Wonodi, first Ikwerre registrar of any college, first and only Ikwerre poet and Paramount name bearer of Eze Ohiaemeru. Ohiaemeru, whereinyou’ve got present-day Comprehensive College in Borokiri, was his ancestral domesticearlier than the British vacated them among 1913-1923. Wonodi remained a reputable member of Nzukor Igbo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo until the cease of his life. Patriot Emmanuel Aguma become former Mayor of Port Harcourt. As Principal of St John College, Diobu, he becamethe primary Ikwerre to move any college. One of six pre-independence Ikwerre University graduates, former administrator of Port Harcourt Province within the defunct Peoples Republic of Biafra, first Ikwere minister in 1979, Aguma remained a part of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Emmanuel Oriji became a reputableneighborhoodauthorities administrator, conventional ruler, a commissioner in antique Rivers and center Igbo nationalist. The instantaneouslybeyond Deputy Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Isaac Wonwu, is an illustrious Ikwerre son from Elele. He is thoughtto say his Igbo identification. Equally valid, Chief Jackson Womenazu from Rumukrushi withinside the Evo Kingdom is a member of the Elders’ Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. In colonial documents, written while Igbos had no capabilityto persuade anything, Ikwerres additionallydescribed themselves as Igbos. When Ikwerre leaders provided their case earlier than the 1957 Sir Henry Willinks Commission, Wobo declared that Ikwerres have been Igbos and Port Harcourt to Onitsha become Igboland. The cream of Ikwerreland have asserted their Igboness. Most illustrious sons and daughters. Tell me any Ikwerre whose CV can healthythe ones of Mpi, Wobo, Aguma, Wonodi, Dr Wali or Amaechi? The Ikwerre: Space and Survival We have toremedy all excellentproblems occasioned with the aid of using the navy–stimulated partition of Ikwerreland as conflict booty. Our irreducible stand includes: One, Ikwerres are Igbos and Ikwerreland is so essential to the Igbo that they mayby no means take any step to break Ikwerres or toy with their destiny. In geo-strategic phrases, Ikwerreland is the tongue of the Igbo race to the sea. Two, we’reconscious there are plans to landlock the Igbo country. These plans are rooted in records. My brother and private friend, Wike, need tonow no longer be a crusader for such plans as itmight be resisted with the sword as no country will permit itself to be landlocked. All legitimate, ethical and non secularmethodto be had to Ndigbo could be used to withstand the excise of Ikwerreland from the bigger Igboland. Three, “Obigbo,” method “Heart of Igboland.” It is the propercall for that Local Government Area, LGA. “Oyigbo” methodnot anything and becomeby no meansand couldby no means be the call of Obigbo. The British met neighborhoodhuman beings on floor who stated their globalbecomeknown as Obigbo. Any researcher can cross there and confirm for himself. None need to be persecuted for calling Obigbo its unique pre-civil conflictcall. I, Uche Okwukwu, name it Obigbo and I don’t have any apologies for that. Four, “Ohiaemeru” is the uniquecall for Borokiri. It become the British who eliminated the indigenous Ikwerre populace there earlier thanputting forward the region Crown Land among 1913-1923. Equally so, “Igweocha” or “Diobu” is the uniquecall for Port Harcourt. We have to set the report straight. Five, demographically and traditionally, Igbos representthe bulkwithinside the Niger Delta. Wike’s concept of the vicinityis defectivethinking about that 9 states make up the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, namely, Imo, Abia, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, Ondo and Rivers. It is absurd and unacceptable mentioning that Umuagwo isn’t alwayswithinside the Niger Delta however Ogoja is. Be that because it may, there may be now a statutory definition of the vicinityoccurwithinside the NDDC Act. Any definition that excludes the Igbo from the Niger Delta, or has a tendency to disenfranchise them from the privileges thereof, is unacceptable. This is due to the fact there have been plans withinside thebeyond that destroyed any advantage coming to the Igbo. Boundary modificationshave beenperformed to dispose of oil-generatingregions from the previous East Central State. Six, in phrases of ethnicity and language, Igbos also arewithinside the majority in Rivers. It is mistaken that there aren’t anyt any Igbos right here. Igbos are right heredue to the fact Ikwerres are Igbos. Ogbas are Igbos, Ekpeyes are Igbos. Etches are Igbos. Obigbos are Igbos. So nobody can speakapproximately Igbos coming in to motive trouble. Igbos are peaceful. Rivers is our domestic, and we’re its autochthones. Seven, Binis don’t have any cultural or ancienthyperlink with Ikwerres. We worship one-of-a-kind gods, have one-of-a-kindmarketplace days with one-of-a-kind monarchical structures. Our Kingship isn’t always from father to son just like the Binis. Our kingship is primarily based totally on gerontocracy wherein the oldest man or woman assumes leadership. What added us collectivelybecome the 1914 amalgamation. No pre-colonial or colonial report has it that Ikwerres migrated from Benin. The post-conflict purported declare that Ikwerres are Binis is parasitic, defeatist and self-hate. Eight, Ikwerreland is closely garrisoned. Two million Ikwerres in 4 LGAs are tightly sandwiched with the aid of using naval barracks at Iwofe and Borokiri; military barracks at Port Harcourt and Elele; air pressure base in Port Harcourt and an militarytaking picturesvariety in Igwuruta. Large swathes of land have been appropriated for the constructing of the worldwide airport, University of Port Harcourt and its coaching hospital, Rivers State University, Ignatius Ajuru University, Nigerian Television Authority, Area 1 Seaport, etc. We trustwithinside theteam spirit of this united states of americahowever the Federal Government need to dismantle the navy formations and go back their places to land-bereft inner-town Ikwerres. Our burgeoning populace has no dwellingarea and this mayresult in the Oromo experience. Why is Wike denying his Igbo roots? Wike is an illustrious Ikwerre son. And for emphasis, he’s an Igbo man. A kettle would possiblyname itself an electric powered kettle, however it stays a kettle. Wike will do himself incrediblecarrier to neglect about the purported prejudice of the beyond and assert his Igboness. You don’t deny your personal roots due to the factthey willnow no longer be there anymore while later you want them. All people who deny their people have continually regretted it. Was Wike now no longer doing an overkill announcing that an Igbo son wanting to be president become claiming to be Igbo? His utterance undermines our 2023 presidential project. My actualacheregarding Wike’s outburst is why he selectedthoseattempting moments whilea few mischievous Nigerians lumped Ndigbo with IPOB. It is horrifying and I would really like to recognizewho’s writing the script for him. There become no nexus among the ENDSARS protest and an harmless Igbo wanting to be president. Where is the hyperlink? Wike isn’t always a member of the APC. It isn’t always his enterprise who will become the party’s flag bearer in 2023. He need to be extraworried with the presidential candidate of his personal Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Who drafted this spoiler-script for Wike? In thoseattempting moments while our personal son, Nnamdi Kanu, has taken poor steps to deliver us to public scorn, our brother, Wike, have tonow no longerassist our detractors consummate their agenda. Ndigbo have made it very clear that IPOB does now no longerconstitute their interests. It assaulted Ike Ekweremadu in Germany and Amaechi in Spain. It additionally insulted Orji Uzoh Kalu, Rochas Okorocha, Nnia Nwodo, Ralph Uwazurike, Uche Okwukwu, etc. Naturally, one couldname on Wike to retract his assertion. I’m certain Wike desired to exonerate himself from the IPOB excesses throughannouncing he wasn’t Igbo. But none has stated that IPOB became Igbo, now no longer even the Federal Government. They recognize that Kanu’s fansaren’trestricted to Igbos alone. There are factors from different ethnic groups. But whenever Kanu erred, rather thanmanaging him alone, they addresseach Igbo. The Federal Government have to be cautiousmanaging IPOB bearing in thoughts the manner the conflict ended and the waypeople whohave been defeated understand Nigeria. Agitation for Biafra may be doused through giving the Igbo a chunk of the cherry. For instance, 40 years after the advent of Rivers the Ikwerre have been excluded from ruling the kingdom. Things were given so heated up until Ikwerres got here to power. Likewise, separatists may be contained with the aid of using giving the Igbo the risk to rule Nigeria. Such brinkmanship can prevent an implosion within the former Eastern Region probable to eat everyone, inclusive ofpeople who don’t trust in IPOB. Wike himself might not be secure from any such catastrophe.