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Igbo'll Resist Secession, Says Kalu

By Oma Djebah and Tunde Okoli, This Day (Lagos) 17 May 2002

Lagos—Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned that the Igbos would resist attempts by any group or ethnic nationality to break up the Nigerian Federation.

Kalu spoke in Lagos yesterday at the public presentation of a book written in his honour entitled Orji Kalu: Leadership Lessons From a Master Strategist, by two Nigerian journalists, Dimgba Igwe and Mike Awoyinfa.

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Igbos will fight any group that attempts to break up Nigeria. The unity of Nigeria is paramount to the Igbos and I know that the unity of the country is actually paramount to the Igbos, he said.

Kalu said no ethnic nationality within the Nigerian federation thinks and dreams of a united Nigeria more than the Igbo.

On the Igbo Presidency quest, the Abia Governor reiterated his total commitment to a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2003.

I am for an Igbo Presidency, that is a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, he declared.

The occasion which attracted an array of notable personalities was quite electrifying, the speakers lauded Kalu who described as one of the most controversial issues in contemporary Igbo and Nigerian politics.

The cmain hall of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), was filled to capacity as notable guests including three state governors, senators and top businessmen and political office holders could not secure space within the hall.

Kalu, rationalised why he opposed the Anti-Corruption Panel, insisting that it stemed from the fact that it gave extreme and too much powers to one-man, the Attorney-General of the Federation.