Nigeria Treats The Igbos As Second Class Citizens – Nnia Nwodo

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President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo on Tuesday 21st February 2017 continued his awareness campaign on the plight of the Igbo nation in Nigeria, wondering aloud why a group as big as the Igbos would be totally shut out from sensitive positions in the country.

Nigeria Treats The Igbos As Second Class Citizens – Nnia Nwodo
Chief Nnia Nwodo

Chief Nwodo, who has been visiting the seven Igbo-speaking states alongside Lagos and Abuja since his emergence as President General of Ohaneze, reiterated his position when he led other executive members of the organisation to a meeting with Rivers State governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike at the government House Port Harcourt.


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“The current government in Nigeria has passed a vote of no confidence on Igbos, as being incapable to head any security service in Nigeria.”

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“We are not Chief of Army staff, we are not Chief of Naval staff, we are not Chief of Air staff, we are not Inspector General of Police.”

Chief Nwodo also raised objection at the little attention given to infrastructural development in the South South, wondering aloud why a region responsible for a very significant percentage of the nation’s foreign exchange earner would be left to rot.

He also raised objection at the killing of unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, wondering what the youth, who are clearly not happy with the unfair treatment being meted out to them in a country that was supposed to be theirs, did to warrant being killed.

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“In today’s newspaper, Amnesty International says 177 IPOB and MASSOB people have been killed since they started their struggle.”

“Nobody has told us how they were killed and what they did to be killed.” He added.


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Rivers State governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike on the other hand enumerated the several challenges faced by his government under the Buhari-led federal government.

“They agreed to pay us our bail-out fund. Mr President approved 25 percent. They have paid other states 25 percent, but they paid Rivers state, Delta state 11.3 percent. Why? If they pay us 25 percent, we will get more money.” The governor said.

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He also used the occasion to call for an end to federalism as it is currently practiced in Nigeria, adding his voice to the growing number of calls for immediate restructuring of the system.

“There is no federalism as far as Nigeria is concerned. The states are not seen as federating units, the states are seen as agencies or departments of the federal government.

“If we don’t want to practice federalism, let’s come out and say we don’t want to practice federalism, but if we must practice federalism, then we must practice true federalism.” He declared.

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