Saturday, 31 December 2016

Igbo group calls for integration of Southeast, condemns Biafra agitation

A socio-political group called Igbo Movement for Justice has condemned the agitation for secession and political violence by the Igbos, rather it called for full integration of the sect in the political calculations of the Nigerian nation. 

The full integration, the group said, would stop the rise of more pressure groups in the Southeast and enhance more positive development in the country.

The group further said that part of the full integration they were calling for was paving a way for Ndigbo to produce the country’s President in 2023.

Briefing journalists in Owerri, capital of Imo State, the group’s President and National Coordinator, Mr. Obi Onyekmuo, regretted that since the end of Nigeria/Biafra Civil war in 1970 that the present Southeast (Ndigbo) have been relegated in the political scheme of things.

Onyekamuo however, advised the people against political violence but blamed the Igbo leaders for the for political misfortune and injustice on the sect. “Our political leaders are individualistic in all their political bargains,” he noted.

He said that all the geo-political zones in the country should gear towards the political proposal and that any other zone tinkering with the proposals to produce the President in 2023 was calling for total anarchy.

Onyekamuo said, “The southeast is not leaving Nigeria. Since those singing these tunes started over 20 years ago, where have they taken southeast to. A lot of misinformation have been fed the local population of our people, but the reality of the story told to the people have continued to be a mirage and hallucination”

“If there is any clause or document anywhere which assures Ndigbo that some number of years after a civil war, without any other war, the people shall be granted independence, we strongly believe that the late Biafran war lord, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu would have known about the document. He (Ojukwu) would have made a formal request to the United Nations for such a document, if any, to be implemented. But the truth is that there is no such document”

“We blame our leaders for the present political injustices the Igbo nation are suffering in the country. Our leaders left a very big vacuum so that the agitators for secession took over the vacuum and are trying to occupy it. Our fore father used to say, “If you do not wet your lips with saliva, the harmattan until dry the lips for you”. We tell you the truth; every of our leader is on his own”.

Onyekamuo however, commended the likes late Drs. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Micheal Okpara, Nwafor Orizu, Akanu Ibiam and Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, just as he added that their commitment and selflessness put the Igbo nation at the same corridor with other ethnic nationalities in the country.

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