The first-Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, has stated unequivocally clear that the persisting killing of Indigenous people of Biafra in Igboland was because the South-East region has a “very weak set of governors “.
He made this known while condemning the killing of some Igbo youths in Emene Nike, Enugu State last Sunday by the security operatives.
It would be recalled that Nigerian security operatives comprising soldiers, air force personnel, the police, and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) killed dozens during a clampdown on unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who are having their meeting.
In his reaction, Chief Amaechi condemned the unwarranted killing of Igbo youths and said that this must stop! He chided South East governors for not doing enough to bring a stop to it.
He said, “It is quite sad because these security officials believe that they can kill the Igbo without anybody asking any question.
“And this continues to happen because we have a very weak set of governors in the Southeast.”
Regarding the jostle for the 2023 presidency, Amaechi said that the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor “is crucial to the unity and existence of Nigeria, particularly as the Igbo are concerned”.
The elder statesman noted that the Igbo nation would be compelled to revisit its existence in Nigeria if denied the presidency in 2023.
“If Nigeria accepts to elect an Igbo president of Nigeria, then we will be there to work for Nigeria. We worked for the independence of Nigeria more than any other section of the country, so, we’ll be there to work.
“But if in 2023, they still think that Ndigbo should be treated as slaves or second-class citizens of Nigeria, then the Igbo would give a second thought to their being in Nigeria. We’ll give a second thought to it.
“It’s not going to be easy because it’s not going to be violent. We’ve tried it with violence with Biafra, it did not work, but this time new strategies have to be worked out.
“And that is the essence of the Ohanaeze/ IPOB arrangement which was made in my house. We intend to work for 2023. But if in 2023, Nigeria rejects us, then we have to resort to the Igbo saying that Onye ajuru anaghi aju onwe ya (He that is rejected doesn’t reject himself).”
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