Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said being addressed as a Hausa man in some quarters doesn’t make him feel bad.
Speaking on why people feel he is from the North and governs Imo state as an ”intruder,” the governor explained that his parents were from Imo.
He said, however, that he was brought up in the North where he was also educated.
When asked if he was a prince of the Jos Ruling House, Okorocha said, “I think I am one of the most misunderstood Nigerians nowadays.
“It makes me laugh. I enjoy it, you know why? People do not face the real issues. You know too well where I come from. I am from this state. But I was brought up in the North.
“The North gave me childhood, gave me education. I was born here. My parents were Igbo. They went to the North in search of greener pasture. I was brought up there. But when I went into business it was my contact with the West that made me what I am in business.
“I claim, and I know, that I am a successful businessman. I cannot afford to hate the North or hate my people. Whatever they want to call me – Okoroawusa, Okoroyoruba or Okoroigbo – I don’t care because it does not affect my identity.
“Out of the 15,000 children I have, about 7,000 of them are Muslims. These are my children. They have become members of my family. I can’t love them and reject their religions.”