Exclusion of S’East from FG’s $22.7bn loan ‘ll fuel agitation for Biafra – Ohanaeze
* Moves to sue FG
By Steve Oko
The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned that the exclusion of South East geopolitical zone in the proposed $22.7 billion by the Federal Government would only fuel agitation for the restoration of Biafra republic.
National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, who gave the warning in a press release, added that the development was also a recipe for Nigeria’s disintegration unless urgent steps were taken to correct the anomaly.
OYC expressed dismay over how the federal government intends to spend the loan “without capturing a single project” in the South East.
The apex Igbo youths body, said it was perfecting arrangements to sue the federal government over the deliberate exclusion of South East from the loan proposal.
According to the release signed by the
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the National President, Chukwuemeka Chimerue, the deliberate exclusion of South East from the loan was “not only discriminatory but provocative and height of injustice”.
“This will raise more endless calls and agitation for the disintegration of Nigeria by separatist groups”, the release said.
OYC said that obtaining such a humongous loan facility would worsen the dept burden of the country.
“For the Nigerian presidency and its cabals to get such a whooping loan of $22.7bn without accommodating the Igbos is a clear sign that Igbos are not accommodated or wanted in Nigeria”, the release argued.
Continuing it said : ” Therefore, by this action, they have encouraged pro-Biafran groups to continue their activities in large proportion.
“It’s the highest demonstration of hate, wickedness and injustice that such loan will be paid from crude oil proceeds accruing from Igbo land, yet we fall an economic victim from such loan”.
OYC regretted that “President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to sow seed of discord and secession in Nigeria and should be ready to entertain the quest of IPOB and spread of more pro-Biafra groups in the the country.”
The apex Igbo youth organization also knocked the National Assembly for approaving the loan proposal without debate.
“The issues we would like the court to address is whether the loan is exclusive to the Federal Government because it is mischievous to suggest that the loan was approved for the Federal Government. Instead, the loan was, as a matter of law, approved for Nigeria or the Federation of Nigeria and the proceeds must be bound for the Federation Account, not the account of Federal Government.”
OYC, however, saluted the courage of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in challenging the proposal at the senate, describing him as Igbo hero.
” Abaribe represents not just Abia South but over 80 millions Igbo across the world.”