- The leaders from the south-eastern part of Nigeria recently visited Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for talks over the agitation for Biafra
- The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) says there is suspicion that the leaders demanded for something different from the agitation
The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) has sent a strong warning to Igbo leaders who recently met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
This is as the group expressed suspicion that the leaders could take advantage of the agitation for Biafra to demand for political appointment for themselves.
The Igbo leaders recently met with Osinbajo at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. However, the ECA said any attempt to take selfish advantage of the youths clamouring for secession would backfire.
NAIJ.com learnt that in a statement by the national secretary of ECA, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, in Enugu, said the Igbo leaders should not demand anything less that restructuring the country along the six geographical zones.
“The quite shocking assertion by the political adviser, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, that what ohanaeze and other lgbo leaders talked about at the meeting with the acting president at the villa last week, were merely centred on marginalisation of the south-east in appointments and police check points on the roads, has sent shock waves all over the firmament.
“Could it be true that the deliberations were centered on political appointments and check-points?
“That would be unbelievable, that would also be utter falsehood.
“The agitation that has shaken the world, cost hundreds of lives in Aba, Nkpor, Onitsha and all over the east is certainly not about mere political appointments for the elite class.
“The ongoing revolution that paralysed the eastern region on 30th May and marked in 78 countries around the world is certainly not about political appointments into Buhari’s government.
“The bitterness and grief in the land, that has led millions of our people to shout ‘Biafra or death’,is definitely not about appointments and check points.
“The total compliance to the IPOB May 30th stay at home order, (which inspired the 90 day quit notice) absolutely has nothing to do with appointments and check points.
“So who is lying here? Ojodu or the Igbo leaders? God Almighty, will not forgive those behind this very dangerous and wicked lie,” the group said
ECA said the future of Nigeria is tottering at the edge of the precipice adding that there was tension everywhere while people are praying to avert crises.
The group added: “Four failed attempts to consensually agree on how to live together (from Aburi to the last confab) has finally brought us to the unfortunate junction where more than a quarter of the population desperately want to pull out of Nigeria, wrong strategy in handling the agitation to secede has only deepened the hatred and our leaders want to pretend they don’t know what the issues are. God help us.
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“The tragedy of this dangerous pretence, is the disturbing silence of discerning compatriots.
“As those fiercely opposed to the peaceful restructuring of Nigeria seem to be having their way, we must all note that it would be shameful for us to cry to the world to send us peace keeping force when the wind starts to blow.”
It urged the federal government to quickly begin the process of peacefully restructuring of the Nigeria along the lines of regional autonomy, based on fiscal federalism, in order to enthrone justice and equity thereby giving everyone a sense of belonging.
“The attempt by the political class to use the agitation for secession to garner political appointment for themselves while the core issues remain unaddressed will certainly backfire.
“We have long passed that stage,” the group added.
NAIJ.com reports that the United States of America has spoken about Nigeria as the latter continues to battle with agitations from the south-eastern part of the country for secession.
According to the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, the foreign country and one of the world powers would continue to support Nigeria’s unity.
Symington said his country will continue to work towards the promotion of unity in Nigeria.
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