Biafra: Ohanaeze’s call for restructuring, Belated; Failure of Ohanaeze to Maximise “a golden opportunity” provided by Nnamdi Kanu to negotiate a fair deal for Igbo Race, Regreted - Lawyer

From Steve Oko, Umuahia; Published by The Biafra Post | May 18, 2018

An Umuahia – based lawyer and civil rights activist, Mr. Kingsley Emeruwa, has viewed the current structure of Nigeria as carefully planned to perpetuate the marginalization of the race

Emeruwa, who spoke exclusively with The AUTHORITY in Umuahia, said Igbo are the main target of the on- going ethnic cleansing in the Middle Belt by herdsmen. He said the ultimate objective of the killer herdsmen and their sponsors is to establish their military base in Benue State after decimating the Tivs , and then make a final incursion into Igbo land.

“For those who don’t know, the continued massacre in Benue is targeted at Ndigbo because when the killers finish wiping out the Tivs, they will then invade Igbo land from Benue, which will serve as the operational base of their murderous foot solders masquerading now as herdsmen.

“The bridge between the South East and the North is the Middle Belt. The moment Benue is overrun; the next battle ground will be Enugu State. We have been disarmed by the Police Inspector General, who ordered vigilante groups to submit their arms while Fulani herdsmen roam our communities with AK 47 guns unchallenged. Our lives are in danger. We are under threat of total annihilation in Nigeria. There is a tacit agenda to Islamise Nigeria.”

Emeruwa further said Nigeria was structured to perpetually enslave Ndigbo, a sad development he said must be vehemently resisted. He alleged that the policies and actions of the federal government particularly under the current administration were inimical to the advancement of Ndigbo. The rights activist accused the international community of been criminal silence and inaction over the plight of Ndigbo who he said, have become endangered species in Nigeria. He wondered why the federal government would be quick to proscribe IPOB but foot-dragging to pronounce the murderous herdsmen as terrorists.

“Look at the policies of the federal government and indeed all sectors of the Nigeria system, you will discover that the Igbo man has been structured to be a slave but it will be wrong for him to submit himself willingly to the slavery. Nigeria must address all the imbalances starting from federal appointments. Igbo must be given a sense of belonging. Look at the disparity against South East in admission into Federal Government colleges. Whereas a candidate from North is offered admission with 18 marks, his counterpart from any state in South East must score as high as 120 marks before getting the same admission. Is this justice?

On the alleged insensitivity of Igbo leaders towards the plight of their kinsmen, the human right activist regretted that they have failed to maximise “a golden opportunity” provided by Nnamdi Kanu to negotiate a fair deal for the race. Emeruwa alleged that instead of leveraging on IPOB’s agitation as a bargaining power for a better share of the national patrimony, South East leaders and the political elite connived with the Federal Government to get rid of Kanu, who they considered a threat to their political future.

Published by Chinwe Korie



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