Just a few days ago, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, travelled to the United States of America (USA), against all odds, to woo investors to the State. During the trip which was well publicised, His Excellency was warmly received by Imo indigenes and the Nigerian Ambassador to the USA, Hon. Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor. Thereafter, the Governor held business meetings with some members of the US Congress in Washington DC. It has been reliably gathered that the said trip is already yielding dividends, as it has opened floodgates of foreign investments in Imo State.
It is interesting to note, that the ability of Gov Ihedioha to travel overseas without harassment from the IPOB is significant and clearly a vote of confidence on him as a credible Igbo leader. It is indeed, a translucent indication of his popularity and wide acceptance by all Igbos. A popular adage says that the taste of the pudding, is in the eating.
Therefore, it is now incumbent on other Igbo politicians like, Rochas Okorocha, Ken Nnamani, Orji Uzor Kalu, Joe Igbokwe, Chris Ngige, Ogbonnaya Onu, Osita Okechukwu, et al, who claim to be Igbo leaders, to also make similar trip overseas in order to prove to the world that they are indeed popular with their people. If they pass the “iri ji” test, then the world can view them as credible Igbo leaders.
But until then, there spurious claims of representing the interest of the Igbos and the self-centred ambition of some of them, to be the first Executive President of Igbo extraction will always have a big question mark.