Ayo Adebanjo, the head of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group Afenifere, chastised Igbo billionaires for not contributing to Peter Obi’s campaign for president of the Labour Party (LP).
At a commemoration honoring the lives and times of the late Prof. George Obiozor, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Wednesday in Lagos State, he made this claim.
Adebanjo said there would be no Nigeria if Peter Obi is not voted into power on February 25.
According to the elder statesman, voting for Peter Obi remained the best option for the country as its candidature was just, fair, and equitable and in respect of the agreement that binds Nigeria.
He stated that Obiozor had died when Nigerians were battling to save the country from the oppression of many years.
“Forget Nigeria if you don’t vote for Obi. I am not boasting, and it is not a threat,” he said.
Adebanjo added: “These days, I don’t fancy those who talk about united Nigeria in peace without action to back it up. Many people, even among the Igbo, pay lip service to a united Nigeria because of their selfish interests; Obiozor was not one of them.
“Obiozor was a distinguished scholar, an ambassador par excellence, an intellectual of international repute, and a qualified and distinguished Nigerian. When you want to mention the people who give this country recognition and respect, how can you not mention George; he is one of our prides. He shouldn’t have gone now because we are in the middle of a great battle. Unfortunately, the Igbo are not giving Obi financial support.
“I am challenging you openly; you have not been giving Obi the financial support. Those of us supporting him are poor people. I know that you people are billionaires. This is the time to spend your money for a good cause. Obi must not suffer anything financially in this cause when he has you people. It is a great shame and that is one of the reasons I am missing Obiozor; a man of courage; a man who will call a spade a spade; very diplomatic, courageous and distinguished in character.
“I hope there are more of him in Igbo land, who will contribute to this struggle to keep Nigeria a united country in peace.”