Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has brought the Igbo race to the cleaners, describing them as a people suffering from “pull-him-down-syndrome”, adding that they do not honour their own.
He said that this phenomenon may mar his aspiration should he choose to vie for the country’s presidency.
Okorocha made this known on Sunday at the Government House, Owerri, while fielding questions from journalists.
According to him, “The Igbo do not know how to honour their own. They rather like to run down any of their rising leaders. The pull-him-down syndrome is high in Igbo land.
“And it is very unfortunate. Anytime I come out to run for the presidency of this country, I will not suffer pull-him-down from the North or from the South West or South South, it is only in Igbo land that I will suffer it.
“And they engage in this pull-him-down practice without knowing the overall implications on the Igbo.
“So, it will be out of place for an Igbo presidential aspirant at any given period to think that the Igbo will make him president, because Igbo do not value their own.
“They don’t value what they have, while they value outsiders. It is in their character. It is in their nature.”
“Read the newspapers and go to the social media, all the insults and attacks you get are all from the Igbo.
“They go to any length to run you down without caring about your good intentions and all the efforts being made to see that things work out fine for the people of the area.
“It is a problem. It didn’t start today. Go down memory lane and you’ll discover that the pull-him-down syndrome in Igboland didn’t start today.”
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