Ever since the announcement was made this week that Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was the new GMD of NNPC, the fuss about him not being a real Igbo man has taken preeminence over what he intends to bring to the table to help overhaul our failing petroleum sector. I’m like Nigeria, really?
For me I see the Igbos from Delta State as Igbos, but one reader seems to think otherwise.
An angry reader sent me this mail to further buttress his argument. It read:
“For those of you bloggers who keep writing that erudite scholar and businessman, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who is the new Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is an Igbo man…let me educate you…”
- He was born some 58 years ago.
- He hails from Onicha Ugbo, in Aniocha North local government area of Delta State.
- He is married to two women, Elizabeth and Mariam. The first wife, Elizabeth has three children – Nkem, Emeka and Uche.
- He holds the titles of Odogwu and Omeudo of Onicha Ugbo.
- His country home is one of the most beautiful and costliest in his homestead. It’s called Eden Retreat.
- He is a first class graduate of Law, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School.
- He is an author of three legal books as well as the publisher of the popular Hints and Chanelle magazines.
- Respected writers like Toni Kan, Reuben Abati, Kayode Ajala, etc cut their teeth writing for his papers.
- He last worked for Exxon Mobil as Vice Chairman and General Counsel. But before that, he was with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank and Texaco.
- He has a Masters and Doctorate in Law from Harvard Law School, USA and graduated with distinctions.
- He is a staunch Catholic.
- He’s fun loving and once bought the latest Mercedes Benz which his father, a Justice, refused to lend him money to clear on arrival.
- He was raised in the north. His father, a Justice, was transferred to the Katsina Appellate Court 51years ago. He met Buhari’s father, who was a cattle rearer/owner, there.
- He was in the army before he went back for his LLM and LLD at the Harvard Law School, USA. He met Buhari in the Nigerian Army and they were both in the Congo.
- He graduated from the School of Distance Learning, UNN, Kano Branch. He met Babagana Kingibe there.
- He once worked at the Yola branch of Texaco before he got deployed to the Sokoto branch as the Head, Legal Department.
The Igbo traditions are way different from ours. Yes we speak almost alike; but abeg una we are not igbos. We are what we are.
I am Deltan, My language sounds like Ibo but I am not Igbo. History must always be traced to know who we are and not what we are told. My history tells me that I am more Bini than Delta. Apologies to the Igbos, nothing against you all, but you can’t force what we are not on us!