Nigeria civil war not yet over – Senator Nwaka
. Says S’East ‘still grossly’ marginalised
By Steve Oko
Senator Emma Nwaka who represented Abia North during the third republic, has said that the Nigeria Civil war had not ended, maintaining that Ndigbo are still being grossly marginalised by the Federal Government.
He noted that currently, there is no Igbo son or daughter at the security echelon of the country “where top security decision are being taken”, nor is any South Easterner holding any top political office in Nigeria.
The former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abia State chapter who made the submission in an exclusive interview with our Correspondent in Umuahia, noted with fury that the hatred and discrimination against Ndigbo by the government at the centre prior to the civil war “are still prevalent”.
Nwaka who was responding to a question about his impression of South East senators in attracting federal presence to the zone said much should not be expected of the lawmakers under the current administration at the centre.
He said the senators would hardly meet the aspirations of their constituents because the centre was not favourably disposed towards the South East.
His words : “It will be difficult for me to blame National Assembly members from the South East under the current administration. We know that the civil war is not yet over. We are still being marginalised.
“Even if Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe and others keep talking about Enugu airport, second Niger bridge and the deplorable state of federal roads in the South East till tomorrow, nothing may change because they don’t have the resources. It’s the executive arm of government that is in charge. “
Nwaka , however, urged Igbo political leaders to re-engineer the enterprising and ‘can-do spirit’ of Ndigbo which helped the race survive the three -year civil war.
He therefore, called on South East governors to be more united and adopt an economic blue print of regional interest and jointly pursue same as one people.
” I think the governors need to synergise more and work together as a team. They come from a zone where the people are not getting their fair share from the centre. That is enough to make them come together.”
The former Chairman, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, further submitted that ” our governors are in a position to make South East have a viable Sovereign Wealth Fund”.
“They can create a sovereign wealth fund and you will be surprised at the amount of that will be raised by our people at home and abroad once they win their confidence that there will be transperency and accountability in administering the funds.
“When they see that the governors are sincere and that the funds will be used to execute important projects of common regional interest the people will comply.
“Didn’t we build Imo airport in the days of Sam Mbakwe and handed over to the federal government? I can tell you, that spirit is still very much in Ndigbo. All we need is someone who will awaken it.
” We need to revive Igbo spirit in our people. When somebody hates you, you don’t also have to hate yourself “.
Nwaka who said that he did not believe that Igbo traders were the targets of the recent border closure by the federal government as being insinuated in some quarters, however, said it would be very unfortunate if it the insinuation turned out to be true.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.