Fifty years after the declaration of Biafra the issues that led Ndigbo to make the declaration cannot be said to have abated rather the issues, have patently become worse.
Despite the fact that the end of the resultant 30 months war, was declared a no-victor-no-vanquish situation but the reality on ground have always indicated that Ndigbo has always been regarded and treated as a conquered people.
Instead of the Federal Government to harness some good things from the Biafran side such as the innovative ingenuity of Ndigbo they threw away the bath together with child and no doubt, Nigeria is worse off it. The continued marginalization and discarding of the genuine ideas from the Ndigbo is among the reasons for the continuous agitation of Biafra, 50 years later.
The president Muhammadu Buhari led APC government seems to be worse of it as Igbo leaders have passed a vote of no confidence on his leadership following increase of marginalisation in his administration.
The Igbo leaders who passed vote of no confidence on Buhari’s government include the President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the National Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi, the Deputy Leader of the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, Chief (Mrs) Marie Okwor and the Founder of the Igbo Youths Movement, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu- Uko among others.
They passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari’s government which they said had exacerbated their sufferings in the Nigerian union, even as the administration celebrates its second year anniversary.
Furthermore, the Igbo leaders expressed worry over the defection of top politicians from the area to the APC despite the poor treatment meted out to the South East geopolitical zone by the Federal Government.
According to them, those defecting to the APC were like slave merchants who sold their brothers to the Europeans as slaves during the slave trade era.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nwodo who spoke about the orchestrated marginalisation of Ndigbo in the scheme of things at a recent news conference in Enugu expressed worry that many top Igbo politicians were defecting to the ruling party, without reaching any agreement with the APC leaders on how to get their own share of the national cake from the Federal Government.
Nwodo blamed the prolonged agitations for Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Movement for the Actualisation the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and other Igbo youths on the marginalisation of Ndigbo in all ramifications.
Meanwhile, South-East and part of South South was totally shuts down yesterday following the commemoration of 50 years after declaration of Biafra, and the remembrance of Biafra heroes and heroines.
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