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Politics: The Okorocha’s Elusive Depiction of A True Elder In Igbo Land



 Politics: The Okorocha’s Elusive Depiction of A True Elder In Igbo Land Rochas Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Imo State and a 2023…

 Politics: The Okorocha’s Elusive Depiction of A True Elder In Igbo Land


Rochas Okorocha, former Governor of Imo State and a 2023 Presidential Aspirant made a deliberate error throughout an interview with BBC pidgin. Okorocha gave a really misleading image of who an elder in Igboland is, in distinction to the agitation for for Biafra freedom. He categorically acknowledged within the interview that “if the Igbo extractions needs to go away this nation and have one other nation, will probably be elders in Igboland that can carry such concepts/ideas, not the Youths”. The previous Imo Governor additional opined that “what an elder sees whereas sitting down, a baby won’t see it whereas climbed a tree.

Sequel to the above, it turned mandatory to provide easy readability to the misperception and illusions hovering across the true which means/idea of “elder” in Igboland.

In Igboland, an elder known as Okenye or Ichie, which means an older member in a household, village or neighborhood, because the case could also be. There’s a specifical recognition for this particular person as a result of the Igbos imagine within the perception from the knowledge of an elder.

An elder is meant to be an embodiment of wealth of data, knowledge and understanding borne out of years of expertise. The individuals see an elder as an issue solver, an incredible supervisor of humanity, assets and good instance to the Youths of the neighborhood, ethic or nation. An elder don’t discuss senselessly, or greater than mandatory on any matter, at any time. Advices from an elder are seen as prime notch, and second to none. Elders normally, resides within the communities and seldomly go to city and different locations. After they must, they accomplish that freely with out guards, not like the Rochas okorocha and his sorts.

In Igboland, an elder is a peace lover, a fearless particular person that claims the reality as it’s, not minding no matter could be the end result.

Does politics give one the suitable to grow to be or play the function of an elder in Igbo land?  The reply isn’t any.

So, why would the previous Governor suppose that the suitable to find out the way forward for Igbos is bestowed on the so known as politicians that aren’t even enjoying the mandate for which they had been voted, not to mention attributing eldership of Igboland to themselves whereas granting an interview?

Politics don’t make one an elder in Igboland. It absolutely attracts one near the elders, sure, particularly if the politician is worthy, as a result of the elders in Igboland doesn’t have a good time criminality in any type. However the charge at which politicians preserve referring to themselves as elders could be very alarming and startling. Any energetic politician, residing exterior Igboland and on the similar time, claiming elder, is an impostor. 

Even when the politician is aged however naive, coward, sycophantic and afraid to talk the reality, the individuals do consult with the politician as elder however  “Okenye aruru ala” (abominable elder).

Rochas Okorocha claiming to be an elder is a transparent act of an impostor, for thus many causes I can’t define right here. Okorocha by age in his neighborhood shouldn’t be but even near changing into an elder, not to mention talking for the Igbos.

The foolishness should cease completely now, as a result of it’s conceived out of ignorance. Persevering with to shamelessly declare an elder you aren’t, won’t ever make you one. The individuals of Igbo land know their elders, and these true elders are in full assist of the full freedom of previous the japanese Nigeria(Biafra).

Written by Onyemachi Gabriel

Edited by Onyebuchi Eucharia O

For Household Writers Press Worldwide

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