Throughout the penultimate week, the news media was awash with news of the quarrel between two brother governors, Willie Obiano of Anambra, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo. It was such that could only be likened to the proverbial washing of one's dirty linen in public. All manner of unprintable words were exchanged to the glee of outsiders who always celebrate such untoward happenings here.
The spat was triggered off by comments by Okorocha who alluded to plans by three governors in the Southeast to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. From there, one thing led to another, and all hell was let loose as the two aforementioned governors went to town, pouring invective on each other, a development that has never been heard of in the history of inter-state relations in these parts.
No doubt, this altercation is not in the best interest of the Southeast, a zone which needs to be together at this critical time more than ever before.
Coming at a time when the Southeast Governors' Forum has gone comatose due to the failure of the governors to appreciate the need for a common front in tackling the problems of the Igbo nation, the quarrel between Governors Obiano and Okorocha is most unfortunate, uncalled for and embarrassing.
We believe that as leaders, they should have known that there are better ways of addressing grievances rather than doing so on the pages of newspapers. Now, it appears that an irreparable harm has been done by the lack of tact displayed by both leaders.
We see the entire thing as most regrettable and something that has further dealt a mortal blow to attempts to forge a united front for the Igbo nation.
Yet, however, we believe that it is never too late to pick the pieces and embark on damage control measures. But who does that? We believe, once more, that all Igbo stakeholders, led by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze, should come together to reconcile both Obiano and Okorocha.
What is at stake is far greater than personal pride. The Igbo nation has been losing a lot by not coming together to articulate a common agenda. This latest untoward development will only serve to exacerbate that problem.
While therefore we call on the Igbo elders to move in and find an amicable solution to the problem at hand, we will not hesitate to call on the two concerned governors to put an immediate halt to their altercation in order to have a receptive mind for the dialogue that is expected to follow.
All Igbo states are like siblings of the same mother and should act as such. Any divisive tendencies must therefore be rejected if we indeed hope to be taken seriously by other ethnic nationalities in the country.
May what happened recently not ever happen again and may the Igbo Nation rise from the ashes of this sordid episode to become stronger and more united. This is our prayer.