THE PUBLISHER OF EVERGREEN NEWSPAPER AND ONLINE MEDIA, REV. ENGR. EMMANUEL NWAEZE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHIEF EDITOR REV. MIKE NWANYANWU & CREW MEMBERS VISITED CHIEF E.C IWUANYANWU, (AHA EJI AGA MBA 1 OF IGBO LAND) AT HIS OFFICE, THE GLASS HOUSE, ALONG OKIGWE ROAD, OWERRI IMO STATE, NIGERIA AT 3:00 PM GMT +1.
Within the interview, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu bared his thoughts on present political and financial conditions bothering Nigeria. He additionally proffered options to insecurity and insurgency at the moment ravaging the nation.
CHANGE STRATEGIES AND TACTICS, NOT SERVICE CHIEFS
Makes Case for Ndi-Igbo
Can we meet you formally sir?
My title is Chief Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu. I’m an Engineer and a Scientist by career. However in the meanwhile, I’m additionally a politician. I feel I’ve served the nation and humanity in lots of capacities and I’ve been honoured by Nigeria too. I’ve the next Nationwide honours:
- Member Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR)
- Officer Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR)
- Commander Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR)
I do not know what number of Nigerians which were honoured thrice by the nation. However I’ve been honoured thrice by Nigeria.
As an expert Engineer, I’m a Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers
- A Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Civil Engineers
- A Fellow, Nigeria College of Science and Expertise
- A Fellow, Nigeria Educational of Training and so forth.
I’m an Anglican, and a Knight of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion. The entire Igbos in 7 states; Rivers, Delta, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra have honoured me with the titled “Aha Eji Aga Mba” due to my companies each within the instances of conflict and in time of peace. I’m one of many oldest residing particular person for the reason that civil conflict. I used to be additionally a commander. Within the worldwide circle, I gained the Mandela Management Award. Within the Anglican College students Union, I’m a patron, I really like the youth, and so they additionally love me a lot. I’m a grand patron of NANS, grand patron of NYSC, grand patron of Ohanaeze, a grand patron of Oduduwa Youths and Tiv Youths, and so forth. I’m accessible as a result of I had handed by means of a household that was not too wealthy after I was younger. There’s an annual lectures accomplished yearly in my honour generally known as Engineer Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu annual lecture. That is accomplished due to my contributions. I’ve additionally been hounored by the federal authorities for 4 years after I served because the Professional-Chancellor of the College of Calabar, after Three years of leaving the college of medication constructing was named after me.
Sir, How Are You Coping With the Current Financial and Political Conditions?
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Properly, the current financial scenario could be very difficult. The Society at this time is worse than I discovered it. It’s worst now than after we had been a lot youthful, however you see, generally in my sober moments, after I go searching at different nations, it seems to me that our nation is blessed certainly. We aren’t experiencing most catastrophic ailments rampaging different nations. However it’s unlucky how herdsmen are killing folks. I’ve compassion for our youths. My workplace is inundated with CVs of youths in search of jobs. Most of them are helpless, hopeless, hovering round with no place to go. They arrive right here as a result of I’m accessible and I attempted to make efforts to assist them out. These days, after our commencement, corporations come to promote themselves for us to work with them. The worst half is that everyone is in search of authorities jobs and political appointments. The financial system is unhealthy and one of many indicators of a foul financial system is one the place the federal government is the perfect employer of labour. Whereas a vibrant financial system is one with a really robust personal sector offering employment for the plenty and producing jobs for the teeming graduates. Such that when an engineer graduates, he/she ought to have entry to an business to have the ability to apply his/her career. However at this time the reverse is the case. Most banks are flooded with folks from different professions. It is fairly unlucky I have to say.
Sir, are you continue to a member of the PDP?
I’m a member of PDP, however then I regards myself as a statesman. “My very own politics just isn’t partisan however politics of what’s good for the Nigerian youths”.
Given the newest developments of developments in Imo state, what do you must say concerning the political conditions with reference to the mass defection of a few of the Regulation makers?
Properly, I’m one of many leaders of PDP and am liked the place I’m going. Clearly, there’s defection however in a bigger sense it tells volumes concerning the character of those technology. Most individuals in politics don’t do this for the curiosity of the plenty. However for his or her private positive aspects. How greatest do you describe somebody who’s in a political social gathering dumps it as a result of his social gathering has misplaced energy. That is why they’re decamping, it’s because of their private positive aspects and it isn’t a superb reflection of their character and competences. Democracy thrives greatest when there are oppositions. Most of those guys that decamped from PDP now had been as soon as APC, they joined PDP when Ihedioha gained being a PDP aspirant. Why are they now leaving the PDP?
How do you see the way forward for PDP?
PDP future continues to be vivid. PDP has been in opposition however we misplaced nearly 5 years in the past and we have now been in opposition. I’m not saying that the whole lot is okay, PDP whereas in authorities has loads of issues as a result of there was loads of corruption. There isn’t any want of pretending about it. There’s corruption. At my stage, if I’m not trustworthy, what do I stand to achieve? And if there’s something good that Buhari has accomplished, it’s combating corruption. Buhari had mentioned; “if Nigerian don’t destroy corruption, corruption will destroy Nigeria. Corruption has been there not solely in PDP, it has been there since independence 1960. It very painful however the reality is that Buhari got here in energy the primary time in 1983 December. He was capable of change some behavior of Nigerians. Nigeria’s stage of corruption at the moment was very alarming, until he got here and established what they referred to as “Struggle In opposition to Indiscipline” (WAI) and that conflict, everyone was shouting WAI, in the event you go to the general public place, folks now liked it. Earlier than then, it was the survival of the fittest. However Buhari was capable of restore self-discipline. Buhari just isn’t corrupt however he has an issue combating corruption and has additionally surrounded himself by many people who find themselves corrupt. If they are saying PDP is corrupt, it’s clear that most individuals working with him are from PDP too.
Is the Present Safety Scenario for Democracy?
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No, this folks mentioned that they don’t need Western training, it appears to be like very silly. They’re utilizing arms produced by western training. As a result of most Christians had been beheaded, or killed in very painful method. In order that they have a severe plan for the one they’re doing. I’ve been trying on the Clever System to inform us what truly they need and I believed by now Nigerians up until at this time don’t know what this folks need as a result of they aren’t telling us the reality. I don’t know who these individuals are however from the knowledge we have now, these are Nigerians. There have to be folks sending them help. That ship them arms from overseas. Which troops are they utilizing to usher in these heavy arms and these heavy weapons? No person bothered up until at this time. Now they break up into teams, they’ve now ISIS West Africa, then one other group referred to as ISWAP and all of them are the identical insurgents. I feel the last word factor they need is to fully destroy Nigerians. The Nigerian Intelligence has not been capable of inform us what this folks need, in order that the citizen can know. We’re left to invest on what their motive is. However Federal Authorities thought that they’ve given us assurance, however the assurance has by no means been translated to actuality. So I don’t consider any longer within the assurance that’s the reason not too long ago the south west began establishing their very own safety network-Amotekun. We’ve got been to a 3 days assembly in Enugu and I’m one in all their of their chief there. We are attempting to ascertain our personal safety community too, as a result of the reality is that will probably be unfair to the folks we’re resulting in give up safety and safety simply as a result of this technique has been unable to deal with this. Many individuals have advocated for a change of Service Chiefs as the answer however I don’t consider altering Service Chiefs is the answer. Altering Service Chiefs needs to be to handle the financial system correctly. It isn’t nearly corruption, There are additionally different areas of the financial system that needs to be deal with. Keep in mind that after they got here to energy Greenback to Naira fee was N160 to 1 greenback however at this time, it’s 364 to 1 greenback and I hear it’s rising daily. If the financial system continues to go like this we’ll most likely endure and that may result in recession and as soon as we have now one other recession, will probably be very calamitous so I feel that Buhari ought to take a look at the financial system very critically. As a result of the earlier calamity that fell on us was insecurity. Insecurity from 10 years in the past earlier than a gaggle of individuals referred to as the Boko Haram; they raised arms and attempt to disorganize this nation. They killed many individuals nevertheless it seems to me that they had been Muslims and so they had been extra delighted in killing Christians. That is past the Service Chiefs. Even when they modify the Service Chiefs and convey new ones, they should get to the basis. With my expertise as a civilian, I consider that the federal authorities should change their methods and their techniques. They’ll by no means win this conflict the best way they’re combating it. Additionally from my expertise in Biafran conflict, in that place, it made me to know that what they’re doing presently can’t work. Throughout the Biafran conflict, all of us thought that the conflict will finish in two weeks, what occurred in this sort of conflict is that if u can’t seize them out they go to a different place, as a result of this individuals are not foreigners. So the best way the Nigeria is combating the conflict just isn’t proper. If I’m to recommendation the President from my expertise, such a conflict needs to be fought by people who find themselves from there, as a result of Biafran conflict was not fought by foreigners. No person can afford it. There needs to be navy instructions populated by the indigenes, there have to be emergency recruitment of troopers from these areas. If u go to a state like Borno, let the troopers combating there be from Borno state and recruit soldier from there in order that after the conflict they are often discharged and given different positions as a result of the second you carry folks from South East and South West, they can not defeat them as a result of these people who find themselves combating this conflict are from there. These folks will know that they’re combating themselves and it pains me that these folks have Governors, Senators, and Members of Home of Reps. None of them have been capable of comprise what these individuals are doing. So if they’re severe the very first thing they need to do is to vary this navy construction and navy command bases and have cupboard from the North West and North East and all of the Governors needs to be members of the Cupboard. The Commander needs to be navy officer from that place. And folks combating there ought to primarily be folks from that place.
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Different folks needs to be anticipated to giving safety recommendation to deal with these methods. However the second you carry a soldier from South east, South south and South west to go and battle there, even in the event you change Commanders a number of instances I don’t consider it will work as a result of it is a speculative conflict. One other level is, the Authorities ought to appoints folks within the Customized and Immigration. This individuals are a part of the people who find themselves within the place to cease the import of arms. They’ll’t carry any arms right here with out going by means of the boarders- the ocean, land or air, and they need to examine the folks. There isn’t any method they are often beings large quantity of apparatus with out collaboration. Due to this fact Authorities ought to watch the Customized and Immigration officers.
And you understand this conflict is creating poverty. If there was no conflict, we might have had a greater Nigeria and so long as this conflict continues it will be worst. You see we have now all this teams corresponding to kidnappers portraying themselves as troopers, as Intelligence, then the present methods would possibly fail. They even kidnap folks and accumulate cash, after they accumulate these monies they use it to purchase arms and use the remaining as incentives to folks in order that the individuals are completely happy, so the folks now battle with them. You see, they’re discovering it straightforward to recruit after which with employment and hardship, it’s straightforward to get them there and in reality kidnapping has grow to be profitable. It makes me unhappy after I heard some Governors even negotiate with them. Meaning, in case you are a kidnapper and also you simply go and kidnap, no one desires to beat you, any person simply calls and ask you the way a lot you’ll take and you’ll inform him how a lot you’ll take then you definately accumulate the ransom and so they launch him, that’s what is going on in Nigeria at this time. All these folks they’re telling you that they launch just isn’t launched, as a result of they’re being paid to allow them to go, you understand just isn’t straightforward to battle insurgency. If they’re combating insurgency actually, if they aren’t cautious there will likely be collosal damages, and if u inform me that you simply need to rescue otherwise you rescued and two or three folks died then I do know that you simply truly recued however in the event you mentioned you rescued everyone and no one died, there was no shoot out, you understand it was accomplished by settlement.
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So the reality concerning the scenario of issues is that issues are unhealthy. So we too, right here within the south east we’re pondering of settle ourselves and our folks and we aren’t going to tolerate once more. We’ve got warned them, that no Igbo man needs to be killed once more. There are some Igbo merchants who they beat, take their cash, and kill a few of them. Look, in Kaduna now, the boy who was killed, is an Igbo man and the individuals who they spared are most likely Northerners and they’re 4 boys, they’ve killed one and know physique is mentioning the names of others. They hate Igbo, as soon as they know it’s an Igbo man they kill, we have now seen it clearly and despatched a message to them, we’re going to make it loud and clear, we are not any extra going to permit them slaughter Igbo’s like that.
What’s your recommendation to the leaders of this nation each regionally and nationally and as an amazing chief particularly Igbo, extraction, are the Igbos actually charting a method ahead in Nigeria polity?
Frankly talking, I can inform us that the Igboland of yesterday just isn’t the Igboland of at this time. After the conflict, there have been loads of adjustments. It happens to me that at this time, there’s loads of emphasis positioned on materials wealth. In the present day, many Igbos are concerned in 419 however the pursue of wealth is nice, however issues have modified lots.
My recommendation to the leaders is by 1960, the Igbos acquired effectively respectable positions, in training, industries, navy and so forth. aside from political energy due to numbers and populations. They, Igbos in these days had been engaged in sports activities together with me.
I’m very proud of you folks in what you might be doing as a result of data is energy. That’s the reason I established Champions Newspaper. The Imo airport was my mind baby, I contributed to the institution of the airport. All of the instances I fought I price solely two (2) troopers.
To God be the glory, I don’t remorse the contribution I made in the direction of the Imo Airport institution. In the present day the Igbo’s have acknowledged me, I’m the one individual that drive all the way down to the plane with my automobile and each time I return my automobiles involves the plane and decide me.