Two Igbo pressure groups, Igbo Peoples Congress and Igbo Aborigines, have called on the leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, to first put their searchlight on the political leadership in Igbo land, which has been pauperizing Igbo over the years before blaming the North or other Nigerians for the Igbo woes.
They noted that Igbo have occupied all known positions in Nigeria except the executive presidency and this did not translate to any thing positive for Ndigbo.
According to them, during the Jonathan regime, Igbo constituted more than 50 percent of his inner cabinet and yet nothing was brought for Ningbo by these appointees except their families, girl friends and bootlickers. “Its these people that IPOB and MASSOB should first query before querying Nigeria.
“What about Ralph Uwazuruike, who made Igbo to be the minority of the majorities courtesy of preventing Igbo from participating in the 2006 national census. Is that not affecting Ndigbo today and do we blame Nigeria also for that?
“What Nigeria has done to Ndigbo is lamentable but what Igbo have done to themselves is even more lamentable.
“How many times do our Igbo govenrors and leaders make concrete case to empower our suffering youths as Niger Delta governors and leaders who strenuously made case for the amnesty deal, which has now seen to the empowerment of more than 200,000 Niger Delta youths and their placement on a stipend of N65,000 every month?
“Nnamdi Kanu and pro-Biafra agitators should ask themselves these questions and not just blame Nigeria and the North for all Igbo woes.”
The groups also lambasted past governors of Enugu, Abia and Imo states for the sack of Igbo from other states working in their public service. Enugu State did it in 1997 and 1998, Abia and Imo states in 2012and 2014.
They said: “In the exercise, thousands of Igbo from other states working in the public service of the mentioned states were wickedly sacked with their entitlements not paid till date. Many of the affected workers have died and others in sorry state.
“This heinous act cannot happen in Yoruba land or Hausa land where indigenes of the various states work in any other states in the area. We cannot be talking of Biafra or justice in Nigeria when in our own backyard, inequity and descrimination reign supreme.”
N-Delta, Middle Belt youths warn against hate song, speech
Meantime, a coalition of Niger Delta and Middle Belt Youth groups met in Abuja and in a joint statement warned against hate speech and song circulating against the Igbo in the North. They called on the Federal Government to apprehend the authors of the messages and song.
The groups, Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Organisations, CONDYO and Congress of Middle Belt Youths, COMBEY, in the joint communique signed by Pepple Digifa and Ntom Federick also condemned the quit notice against northerners and Yoruba in the Niger Delta by some Niger Delta youths.
They assured the Northerners and the Yoruba's in the Niger Delta of their safety anytime and any day. But at the same time they condemned the quit notice to Igbos in the North by some misguided Arewa Youths . They called on leaders of the North to caution the Arewa Youths as they should realise that 2017 is different from 1966 to 1970.