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Igbo take alleged marginalisation by Federal Government to United Nations

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 17, 2019, 06:49:16 AM

Nigerians of Igbo extraction yesterday took the case of marginalisation and exclusion allegedly orchestrated against them by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the United Nations (UN).

The group urged world powers to mount pressure on President Buhari to re-write the wrongs meted against the Igbo ethnic nationality, alleging that there was a grand plot to deny the South East the nation’s presidency in 2023.

A Coalition of Southeast Civil Society Activists and Human Rights Defenders, stated this at a media briefing in Enugu, adding that they were moved to alert the world body on Ndigbo situation since the Buhari administration commenced, insisting that the unfair treatment had continued to increase daily.

A letter of protest alleging marginalisation of Ndigbo was addressed to the Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples, and Minority Section, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

It was titled, “Protest Against Provocative Exclusion and Orchestrated Reduction of Ndigbo to Second Class Citizens in Nigeria: A Call to World Powers to Mount Constructive Pressure on President Buhari to Re-write the Wrongs Meted Out Against the Igbo Ethnic Nationality,” and dated September 9, 2019.

Also copied were embassies of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, British High Commission and Delegation of European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS in Abuja.

National Convener of the group, Ibuchukwu Ezike, and Secretary-General of Igbo Civil Society Coalition, Dr. Jasper Uche, among others listed the alleged infractions in lopsided appointment of security chiefs; infrastructure deficit including roads, railway, and seaports.

They also listed unfavourable allocations from the Federal Government; closure of Akanu Ibiam International Airport without contract and concentration of interventions of development partners in the North.

Others are exclusion from the commanding heights of the nation’s economy; delay in the passage of southeast Development Commission Bill; politicisation of terrorist designation and flying the kite of the 2023 presidency.

They asked the UN for active engagement and diplomatic pressures on President Buhari to address the principle of federal character in the distribution of public goods and appointive positions, especially security chiefs.

Ezike stated that addressing the lopsided appointments of security chiefs was paramount due to increasing insecurity in the South East region, stressing: “A decision may be taken one day to eliminate all Igbo without their knowledge due to lack of representation.”

They sought sustained pressure on the President to send an executive bill to the National Assembly for the creation of one additional state in the South East, to be at par with other zones as well as mobilisation of resources to ensure speedy completion of the Enugu Airport rehabilitation and expansion before the Christmas season, among other demands.


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Re: Igbo take alleged marginalisation by Federal Government to United Nations

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 17, 2019, 07:03:50 AM
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They asked the UN for active engagement and diplomatic pressures on President Buhari to address the principle of federal character in the distribution of public goods and appointive positions, especially security chiefs.

Ezike stated that addressing the lopsided appointments of security chiefs was paramount due to increasing insecurity in the South East region, stressing: “A decision may be taken one day to eliminate all Igbo without their knowledge due to lack of representation.”


THIS issue is one that requires the attention of the international community because it has security implications.
Rwanda did not happen overnight; it built up gradually.
A stitch in time saves nine!

A reference would suffice...

There have been MANY accounts by Igbo people travelling from Lagos to the East that SARS operatives have become the current kidnappers along the Benin -Ore expressway.

Some of these accounts posted on Youtube allege that vehicles travelling from Lagos to the East and vice versa  meet up to 50 roadblocks along the way before getting to the east.
But in the North (and even South West) there are no such heavy density of roadblocks.

The offensive and provocative thing about this new phenomenon, is that it is being perpetrated by the police whose job is to combat kidnapping. Now however the police kidnap people themselves along this road, and force them to call their relatives to pay for their release. Some pay up to N1 Million to regain their freedom to continue their journey.

How can this happen in a country that claim to want to remain "indivisible"?

Most importantly, how can this be happening to a section of the country that once fought to secede from the Nigerian union 52 years ago? Isn't this a clear sign that the country has not ended that war? A sign that maybe a referendum should really be conducted in that part to settle this once and for all?

The United Nations should actually look into this issue, to find out how to help, because this is 21st century.
The evils of the 20 century should not be allowed to continue in this century.

Re: Igbo take alleged marginalisation by Federal Government to United Nations

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : September 17, 2019, 04:31:57 PM
THIS issue is one that requires the attention of the international community because it has security implications.
Rwanda did not happen overnight; it built up gradually.
A stitch in time saves nine!

A reference would suffice...

There have been MANY accounts by Igbo people travelling from Lagos to the East that SARS operatives have become the current kidnappers along the Benin -Ore expressway.

Some of these accounts posted on Youtube allege that vehicles travelling from Lagos to the East and vice versa  meet up to 50 roadblocks along the way before getting to the east.
But in the North (and even South West) there are no such heavy density of roadblocks.

The offensive and provocative thing about this new phenomenon, is that it is being perpetrated by the police whose job is to combat kidnapping. Now however the police kidnap people themselves along this road, and force them to call their relatives to pay for their release. Some pay up to N1 Million to regain their freedom to continue their journey.

How can this happen in a country that claim to want to remain "indivisible"?

Most importantly, how can this be happening to a section of the country that once fought to secede from the Nigerian union 52 years ago? Isn't this a clear sign that the country has not ended that war? A sign that maybe a referendum should really be conducted in that part to settle this once and for all?

The United Nations should actually look into this issue, to find out how to help, because this is 21st century.
The evils of the 20 century should not be allowed to continue in this century.
This is serious, things must be done quickly to address this sensitive issue. I hope UN and other international organisation can do something about it.

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