Echoes from S’Africa: Gowon should remind Buhari it’s no victor, no vanquished – Ohanaeze

By Editor on 17/06/2020

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From South Africa, came a echoes of Ndigbo, on Tuesday, as they joined their counterparts back home and across the world to raise issues concerning their people’s current ordeals in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari.    

Ohanaeze Ndigbo South Africa chapter, after intense deliberations, joined in the growing number of Nigerians and groups, calling on the President to change his ways by becoming “the President of all Nigerians, rather than a section of it.”

Their concerns went from the complete relegation of the South East in terms of physical projects, to appointments in government, anti-climaxing with the recent exclusion of the area from projects to be executed with the $22.7billion the President intended to borrow from abroad.   

In a statement jointly signed by its President and Secretary, Chief Julius Osakwe and Hon Emeka Ezinteje, the group said that it was “the systematic, orchestration and well coordinated plot by the President and his men to completely remove the South East from the geography of Nigerian,” that forced it to break its long silence. 

Lamenting the attitude of the President to the Igbo people, the group said it was strengthening the contention and making it easy to believe that the person in Aso Rock is not Buhari.

The statement, said: “Discrimination, marginalisation, humiliation and dehumanisation of a particular tribe can be seen in all facets of government life and need not be repeated. Those who refuse to see it, are either myopic or disingenuous or both”. 

The Igbo apex group in South Africa said that the agenda pursued by the government had never been in dispute, regretting “the fact that the president makes no pretenses about it.”

It further noted that it was easier to predict where the President’s next super appointment would come from than pick lotto numbers,” and wondered why the President was not perturbed by his dismal performance on an issue that should be primary to his presidency – the unity of the country. “At no time in our history have we been as polarised as now,” the group said.

On the exclusions of the South East from the $22.7billion loan, it described the action as “reckless, wicked and the worst form of unpatriotic act to be unleashed on the psyche of a people.”

The body also warned that the President’s men cannot escape culpability should the country break, like all indices indicate and equated the President behaviors to giving legitimacy to and promoting the activities of those who want the country to shatter to pieces.

The statement praised retired Col. Abubakar Umar and Edwin Clark for their courage in speaking truth to power at all times and appealed to others like General Yakubu Gowon, to “say whether what is happening today is consistent with his vision of “no victor no vanquished“.

Requesting the President to use the remaining period of his presidency to redeem himself and in pursuance of “justice, fairness, equity and good conscience, deliberately influence the direction the search for his successor, the group added: “In doing this, history will be kind to you, as the Nigerian President who engendered further discussion on the unity of Nigeria,“ the statement concluded.



Posted on June, 17 2020

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