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Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife’S Unbridled Comments Against President Muhammadu Buhari Over Pro-Biafra Unrest In The South East, South South Regions.S
Published on: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It is presently awash in the news that former Governor of Anambra State Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife was berating President Muhammadu Buhari over the Pro-Biafran uprising that nearly crippled activities in the South East and South-South regions of the country.

            Reports quoted Ex-Governor Ezeife as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari was pushing the South-East zone to contemplate seceding from Nigeria.

            According to the report, ‘Ezeife observed that the current uprising in the South-East championed by the Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the movement for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) was caused by President Buhari’s body language’.

            He was further quoted as saying that Buhari’s body language smacks of so much hatred for people of the South-East and insisted that the current activities by youths in the region is simply a reaction to the presidents indifference to the plight of people of the zone.

            We are appalled that such a volatile statement was coming from an enlightened and learned person like Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife whose carriage and disposition ought to be that of an elder statesman who should be seeking an indivisible nation of Nigeria rather than fanning the embers of war that could divide the nation.

            We are completely at a loss at Dr Ezeife’s position on the issue of renewed Pro-Biafra struggle which was heightened by the arrest of the IPOB leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu by security operatives concerning his vituperations against the Nigerian government on the Radio Biafra.

            One important point here is that the IPOB members specifically were on peaceful demonstration to press for release of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

            The agitation for a Biafran nation started long ago during the 1960’s which Chief Chukwuemeka  Odumegwu Ojukwu championed that led to 3 years fratricidal war.

            As the war slided to an inevitable end, Chief Ojukwu fled Biafra leaving Biafrans to their unfortunate and ugly fate.

The civil war carnage against the Igbos trapped in Biafra cannot be quantified. It was simply a disaster. We appreciate the lopsidedness of President Buharis recent political appointment for which we ran Editorial highlighting grievances of the Igbo race but we should not lose sight of the fact that the Igbos got their justifiable and constitutional slot for ministerial appointments as well as positions of Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries.

Dr. Ezeife is not justified in attacking President Buhari the way he did if he was not quoted out of context by journalists.

            President Buhari’s government came on board few months ago and he just inaugurated his cabinet last week.

With the inauguration of his cabinet, much of the expectations of the people would begin to unfold, possibly, as we have gotten assurances from the President himself and the newly inaugurated ministers.

Where tested technocrats and seasoned politicians like Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, Ogbonnaya Onu and most of the people of Igbo extraction appointed into Buhari’s government are, we cannot claim effectively that the Igbo do not have people in Buhari’s government unless we all assume that those already there are invalids.

            What we expected Ezeife to do instead of making inflammatory statements is to engage the Federal Government and possibly the Pro-Biafran youths whose leader was arrested to a dialogue first as the South East governors contemplated.

            Most, if not all the youths clamouring for Biafra were not there when the Nigeria civil war was prosecuted to decifer the untold misery, hardship and death the Igbos suffered.

At that point in time, many, if not all those we refer to as our ‘Big Men’ and the affluent escaped with their families to overseas and other neighbouring countries leaving the less privileged ones to suffer humiliation, hunger and violent death.

            That President Buhari is ‘pushing the Igbo out of Nigeria and stoking the fire of secession among people of the South-East zone’ according to Dr Ezeife, is therefore unfounded.

            On the other hand, we are not unmindful of the fact of the serious unemployment issue causing restiveness of the youths but it is no applicable to the Igbos youths only. But we urge President Buhari to address youth unemployment immediately.

            We advice politicians of whatever tribal extraction to bridle their comments on the issue of Biafra and other sensitive national issues in order to avoid or prevent ugly the consequencies.  

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