The veteran actor harped on the need for Ndigbo to unite, stating that God supports the Igbos.
In an audiovisual interview with Africa Entertainment on Ugwumba Television, the ace actor known for his historic expressions in movies, spoke in Igbo, interpreted thus: “Igbos are no longer proudly speaking their language, if you ask somebody a question in Igbo they will reply with English and English don’t even suit their mouth. If we keep running away from our language it will die.”
He lamented the dying state of the Igbo culture and language saying, “Now, they gave us Africa Magic Igbo, they came to me and asked me what to call it and asked where to launch it. I told them to come to Enugu the eastern capital.
“I spoke on the night of the launch for a long time without adding any English word and there are few people in Nigeria that speak English as well as I do because I studied English and was trained by the BBC.”
Speaking further about the Ndigbo, he said, “The Igbos do say that Igbos don’t have kings. If you look at it you’ll see that we don’t have a king.
“If all the Igbos come together and say this is where we shall stand, no president of Nigeria will turn their back on us.
“God supports the Igbos very well, Igbos are rich all-round the world, even in Nigeria but we haven’t shown that we love ourselves very much. If we love ourselves very much and stay together no one will defeat us.”
Edochie further spoke about attacks by killer herdsmen in the East.
He said, “If an innocent child is respecting you whilst you flog him, he would retaliate when you force him to a tight corner.
“I say to you, man will die once and one day and defend himself with whatever weapon available to him. That is the way I will answer your question on killer herdsmen.”