An affiliate of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Njiko Igbo Forum has cleared the air that the Igbos are not thrilled with the palliative rolled out by the Federal Government.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo affiliate, in a statement made available to Daily Post on Thursday night, claimed that the people of the South-East region would not be assuaged by the palliative being rolled out by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the petrol subsidy removal, according to Daily Post.
The president of the Forum, Rev Okechukwu Obioha, who is also the Convener/Chairman, of South-East Equity Group, SEEP, said insensitive and discriminatory policies of successive administrations remained a gross abuse of the psyche of the Igbo man in the country.
He noted that several years after the civil war, the people of the South-East were still being treated as the vanquished.
He opined that the federal government’s abandonment of the Eastern rail corridor was a clear indication that the Igbos are not factored into the government development blueprint.
“There is no equity, justice and fairness.No amount of the so-called palliative from the Federal Government extended to the people of the South-East zone can assuage or compensate them enough, as long as the Eastern Corridors of the Railways remained recklessly abandoned.
“From the days of Sure-P of the Obasanjo administration to the Buhari-led government, all other rail lines and even new ones, particularly that of the Katsina to Niger (another country) were constructed and made operational, except that of the Eastern Corridors running from Port-Harcourt to Enugu and then Makurdi – Maiduguri,” he said.
The Ohanaeze chieftain said the situation became more insulting when the federal government pulled off the rails/slippers all through these corridors, leaving no sign or trace of a former rail line, except grasses and trees that have grown thereby.”
“How else can this be explained except that the Federal government, by this obnoxious brazen dichotomy, is still at war with the Igbo of the South-East?” He queried.
“The war is still on and as far as the average Igbo is concerned, the struggle to survive still continues unabated.
“There is nothing like palliative to the Vanquished Nigeria Igbo, but to the Nigeria Victor,” he added.