Igbo group decries marginalisation, erosion devastation

One of the gully erosion sites in Imo State, being salvaged by the World Bank and the state government’s joint initiative.

One of the gully erosion sites in Imo State, being salvaged by the World Bank and the state government’s joint initiative.

A socio-political group, under the platform, Conference of Igbo Improvement Union, (IIU), has decried what they described as increasing marginalization of Igbo speaking people in the country.

The group, made of eight Igbo-speaking states, made its position known at the end of a two- day meeting held at Double Day, Hotel, Owerri, Imo State.

The group called for the immediate intervention of governors and eminent persons in the geo -political zones, to ensure that the people get fair attention in the project Nigeria.

In a communiqué read after the meeting, the union sees “the arrangement in the Buhari government as a furtherance of the post-civil war efforts to devalue the Igbo nation.” It also rejected this “ugly trend in its entirety and calls for a just and equitable federation, by recognizing and abiding by the zonal formula that that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been practicing.”

The communiqué was signed by representatives of the eight states at the meeting, the union expressed sadness that since the end of the civil war, the situation of Igbo has not improved stressing that appointments have been lopsided at the exclusion of Igbos.

The eight states represented at the meeting were, Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Rivers States. “The group sees the present order as a reflection of the wicked policy of marginalisation, which the Nigerian state has been inflicting on the Igbos since the end of the Civil War in 1970,” the group claimed.

Threatening to seek legal redress, the group called for a just and equitable federation, while taking a swipe at the non-inclusive agenda that the Buhari administration seems to be promoting.

The union also condemned the lopsidedness in public office appointments in the eight Igbo states, and called on governors of the affected states to correct this ugly trend, in order to promote peace, harmony, and unity in Igboland.

Enraged by the ravaging ecological disaster in eastern Nigeria, it called on the federal government, “through the instrumentality of the Ecological Fund, to find urgent and lasting solutions to the problem.”

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