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State-of-the-nation: South-East not fairly treated – Northern elders

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 28, 2020, 07:02:40 PM
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Okwe Obi, Abuja

Northern elders under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development (CNEEPD), have expressed concern over allege maltreatment meted out on the people of the South East in the scheme of things.

While promising to support the region in future elections, the elders persuaded them to be law-abiding and support the government of President Mohammadu Buhari, to achieve its mandate.

In a statement, yesterday, CNEEPD National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, and National Women Leader, Hajiya Mario Bichi, hailed President Buhari, for adopting civil approach in tackling the #EndSARS protest which led to looting and burning of private and public buildings across the country.

Goni said: “As elders, we must clearly state that the country has not been fair to Igbo people in all ramifications and we must admit this fact as true Muslims.

“We therefore call on our Igbo brothers to support the government of President Muhamamadu Buhari to enable him succeed.

“President Buhari is doing a lot in terms of projects in the South East. The facts are there to see except for people who want to deliberately distort facts.

“The Igbo people must believe and work for the unity of Nigeria to enable other parts of Nigerians to speak up for them.

“In solidarity, we shall continue to speak for peace, justice and equity for every region of the country, because Nigeria belongs to all of us.”

He continued: “We wish to sincerely thank President Muhammadu Buhari, the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, for his wisdom in handling the youths uprising that resulted in killings, looting, stealing, and burning down of both private and public properties in some states of the federation.

“These actions by some misguided youths and criminal elements who were out to deliberately instigate religious and ethnic tensions in Nigeria were unfortunate.

“But, we thank the president for the civil approaches he used in dousing the tension.

“We thank the Northern youth for exercising restraint despite the high level of provocative comments and videos on social media during the violent protest which were intended to provoke the North into reaction.”

“They were smart enough not to allow themselves to be used by crisis entrepreneurs who are out to destabilize our country. They have proven that they have outgrown the antics of the agents of destabilization.”

In additional, he applauded the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for rebuking utterances allegedly made by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, adding “this is an indication that he does not represent the Igbo race in anyway and cannot speak for them.”

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Re: State-of-the-nation: South-East not fairly treated – Northern elders

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 28, 2020, 07:06:48 PM
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Goni said: “As elders, we must clearly state that the country has not been fair to Igbo people in all ramifications and we must admit this fact as true Muslims.

This is the first statement coming from the North that indicates that maybe Nigeria can be saved somehow.
But I need to qualify the "Igbo" he should be implying here.
 
Whoever wants to solve Nigeria's problem of injustice against "the Igbo" should read my next comment very carefully and take it as gospel truth,i.e. if such person wants to actually solve this problem, permanently.

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Re: State-of-the-nation: South-East not fairly treated – Northern elders

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 28, 2020, 07:19:36 PM
The truth of the matter is that Nigeria needs to understand and put it to proper heart, that the "Igbo" encompass ALL the states in the current South East and South South region, or what I call "the greater Eastern region of Nigeria".

The politicians from both zones, particularly the governors and members of legislature from this region would not forcefully tell the North about this truth. They are and their nuclear families are perfectly comfortable with current Nigeria because they are making mind-boggling (almost horrendous ) amounts of money from this dysfunctional Nigeria.

These politicians do not care if their people are killed daily or if their people die in the Mediterranean sea trying to get to Europe. Or if their people are chained like dogs in Libya and Lebanon as slaves. Or if their women are parading the streets of Italy as prostitutes. They do not care one bit!

These "greater Eastern Nigeria" regional politicians are HEARTLESS AND DARK AT HEART. They have ABSOLUTELY NO CARE FOR THEIR PEOPLES. You can see how they couldn't even form a regional security outfit like the Yoruba did to protect their people from the Fulani herdsmen who kill and rape across the region unchallenged.

Point is, to take their views about what the problem is, would be a grave mistake, because it is like asking an accomplice to a crime to help you to gather evidence that can indict him or her!

So, if the North wants to actually defuse the feelings of injustice by the "Igbo", the North MUST look to the youths, and by youths, I don't mean Ohanaeze or PANDEF, or any other such group remotely connected to such groups, because they are politicians who are comfortable because they are paid by government and politicians.

These politicians make too much money from Nigeria's criminally skewed and corrupt system that they would prefer the status quo to remain the same.

So, who should the North negotiate with or reach accord with?

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Re: State-of-the-nation: South-East not fairly treated – Northern elders

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 28, 2020, 07:53:19 PM
I say this next statement with every every sense of responsibility, and patriotism to myself as a very proud African who rules himself with the fear of God, that Nigeria's ONLY hope for survival would be to negotiate with the very person they fear and hate most - Nnamdi Kanu.

I say this because, Kanu is the only person in the entire greater Eastern region that ACTUALLY cares about the region and, contrary to what his enemies might say, Kanu is actually very sane and rational, albeit absolutely uncompromising in his positions on issues of justice.

And I, as a proud Eastern Nigerian, am very proud that somehow "the Igbo" will be redeemed from the abyss in which they currently reside in Nigeria by the same stone that the builder refused - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu!

I became convinced that Kanu is the person because when Kanu went to speak with the governors and leaders of the East in the past, he asked that Federal facilities: Warri Port, Port-Harcourt Ports, Calabar Ports, Onitsha river port, Enugu-Onitsha, Port-Harcout- Enugu federal roads, and Enugu international airport and Calabar international airport be fully upgraded and made functional like similar facilities in the North and West of Nigeria. Of late, he is as passionate to defend the interests of Edo state as well.

For asking for justice for this region, the politicians and leaders from this zone plotted to kill him, which led to the so called "Operation Python Dance" where unarmed Igbo youths were killed. Till date, no leader or politician from this zone has raised serious dust about the matter -because they are all smiling to the bank with the bloodied Nigerian bride.

Those Kanu's demands convinced me that he LOVES the peoples of this region, from Edo all the way to Cross-rivers states!
He could have asked for infrastructures for only the so called "South east" only (which the same North has been mischievously but in futility tried to dub "igbo"), but he understands that "Igbo" encompasses EVERY group from Edo to Cross rivers. Why? Because that is the socio-cultural and historical fact, and Northerners know this!
In the North, EVERY person from this region is called "nyamiri" by Hausas and Fulanis. FACT.

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Re: State-of-the-nation: South-East not fairly treated – Northern elders

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 28, 2020, 08:07:07 PM
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In additional, he applauded the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for rebuking utterances allegedly made by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, adding “this is an indication that he does not represent the Igbo race in anyway and cannot speak for them.”

Again, refer back to my comment above. Unfortunately, you Northerners are seeing things backwards in this case.
You would be making a grave mistake to refer to Kanu as someone who is not speaking for the "Igbo".

The man commands millions of followership in this greater region. All you need do is actually pay close attention and look.

How many "igbo leaders" today can issue a command and thousands would be willing to put themselves in serious harms way because of such command? How many are they in the entire "south east and south south"?

There is NOBODY anywhere in the entire Southern Nigeria that commands such fierce loyalty as Kanu does in Eastern Nigeria. You can check.

The good news, like I said earlier, is that Kanu is a perfectly sane and rational actor, PROVIDED you promise to address the issues of injustice upon which much of his anger rides.

Why, for example, is the North hellbent on dividing the region? Why is the North goading and supporting governors from this region to issue commands that lead to the deaths of their own people? The last case is Wike of Rivers state and Dave Umahi or Ebonyi state.

The Youths I saw in this region during this uprising are ready for anything, and that should be a sign that it is time to dialogue over Nigeria's future.

Nigeria was formed by three regions according to this map of 1900.

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That is the reality of the "Igbo".

If you really want to be "fair to the Igbo" you must necessarily meet Kanu somewhere for a GENUINE dialogue that can address core issues that trouble this region.

Platitudes and bribes cannot sustain Nigeria for ever.

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