Why I joined politics- former COAS Ihejirika

Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika

Retired Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika

By Sam Oditah

A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd.), has explained that he joined politics to contribute his quota toward the peace, security and unity of the country.

Ihejirika said this at a news conference in his Ovim country home in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia.

He also hinged his reason on the fact that he needed a platform “to make myself available for service both at the state and national levels”.

Meanwhile, he added that he did not join the All Progressives Congress (APC) “under pressure” or evade probe by the government.

According to him, the APC-led Federal Government had laid a solid foundation for the growth and development of the country.

To him, it would not be right for anyone to say that the party had not made any meaningful impact since it formed the government in 2015.

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However, he refused to make a comment on whether he was seeking to contest in the upcoming governorship election or not. Instead, he said, “when we get to the bridge, we will know how to cross it”.

“The important thing is that in selecting the governorship candidates by the parties, there should be a consideration for fairness and competence.

“I hope that the nation shall get to a level where nobody would be concerned about zoning. That is when we know we have grown.

“Abia people must be focused for us to achieve good governance. Anybody that must be governor must be focused, visionary and prepared to have sleepless nights to tackle the enormous developmental challenges facing the state.

“The person must be able to make sacrifices. It is not just for enjoyment, going to parties and being addressed as His Excellency.”


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