By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Professor EmmanuelÂ Iheagwam, has chided igbo politicians for what he termed â€œthe damaging statements on the character and reputation of their own people in or out of governmentâ€.
The fiery Anglican cleric made the condemnation while speaking to the faithful at Emmanuel Church, Upe-Na-Umunam, Imerienwe, Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo State.
He was particularly irked by the remarks credited to some Igbo politicians in a number of national dailies, pointing out that â€œsuch statements do not portray Ndigbo as a people that can be entrusted with the leadership of the country at any timeâ€.
He advised those concerned to exercise restraint in what they say in their desperate bid to find relevance in the politics of the nation.
â€œIgbo politicians should learn to stop dissipating their energy in pulling down their own. They should emulate other tribes in their unity of purpose and humble themselves in whatever position they find themselvesâ€, Iheagwam pleaded.
The Bishop urged Igbo politicians to work together as a people from one ethnic block, not for their personal interests but for that of the entire race.