Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has stated that the Southeastern region is now under the custody of IPOB due to neglect by the Nigerian government.
In a statement on Sunday, June 6, by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group mentioned the region is at risk of being annexed out of the country unless the government ‘reduces the maltreatment of the southeast.’
Isiguzoro stated that the 100 percent compliance of the sit-at-home order reveals that the Ohanaeze cannot preach the message of ‘One Nigeria’ to the Igbos.
Ohaeneze also called on the FG to alternate policies that will attract international sanctions against Nigeria.
The statement read: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is calling on the Federal Government to retreat from policies that will give rise to international sanctions against Nigeria, that may strengthen unbelief and skepticism amongst Nigerians towards national unity.
“Southeastern Nigeria has been mistakenly shoved out of the corporate existence of Nigeria because the Federal Government had sidelined one section of the country and perpetually excluded them from all essential ingredients that promote the continuous unity of Nigeria.
“The Southeastern Nigeria’s compliance with the sit-out home order, approved by Biafra agitators, signaled that the Biafra agitators are now in charge of the South-East, as the zone is at the brink of being annexed out of the country if necessary steps are not adhered to ease the ill-treatment of the southeast.
“Igbo leadership had lost control buttons of Ndigbo to IPOB and MASSOB after the full compliance of sit-at-home order. Any continuous persuasion on Igbos to be part of United Nigeria under the current neglect is a risk and herculean task for any Igbo leader or politician, based on the evidence of the structural imbalance, threats of violence, killing sprees, harsh government’s policies, and killer bandits.
“If the Federal government pretends to turn a blind eye to the looming dangers before the leaders or continue to believe in the fake news from their Igbo allies in the All Progressives Congress (APC), there is the possibility that the masses will sort things themselves without sticking to the directives of made up authorities soon, which may spell doom for the nation if the Federal Government refuses to act urgently and renegotiate with South-East over marginalization of the zone.
“Federal government should as a matter of urgency, transfer all federal appointees and APC leaders of Southeastern Nigeria, especially those that are living in Abuja to return home instantly to aid in solving the crisis in the region or be removed from the position they are occupying.
“Igbos want better treatment as Nigerians and sincerely Federal Government should do more.”