Browsing: Raymond Dokpesi

While Dokpesi has a right to air his opinions, his laments are indicative of the widespread, largely tenuous, phobia of the Igbo in Nigeria. It explains why for several decades after the Civil War, the South-East geopolitical zone has remained underdeveloped, and also why its indigenes have been systematically excluded from aspiring to principal national offices, such as the Presidency. Dokpesi simply expressed the true feelings in certain sections of the country about the place of the Igbo in Nigerian politics. It was an attempt to justify the continued brazen marginalization of one of the principal ethnic groups in the management of the country’s affairs.

Dokpesi had, in an interview with the Daily Trust Newspaper on Saturday, October 9, 2021, stated that: “The South East cannot win the election for the PDP. That is just the truth of the matter. I don’t beat around the bush; I treat issues as they are and as I understand them. There is no candidate from the South East, even I dare say there is no candidate from the South that you put in the North today that will be able to win. It is going to be a humongous challenge.”