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Group urges Buhari to include South-East in $22.7b federal loan for infrastructure

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A group, the Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), has implored President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently include the South-East in critical infrastructure to be constructed from the $22.7 billion federal loans.

According to the group, anything contrary to that would leave the people of the region to conclude that they are no longer part of the federation, in which case the regime would be held responsible for having initiated the balkanisation of Nigeria.

In a statement signed by its President, Chief Tochukwu Ezeoke and its Secretary, Mr. Lawrence Nwobu, the group said: “The scale and scope of this unprecedented exclusion in a democracy and administration that promised progressive change to surpass the globally condemned South African apartheid regime.

“In a continuing pattern, five years into his regime, Buhari has continued to pursue apartheid policies against the South-East in violation of his oath of office and the utmost need to unify the country.

“Aided and abetted by a ruinous bigoted cabal, Buhari has ignored his historic responsibility to do justice to all but has instead pursued a narrow fascist policy that has actively pursued discrimination, marginalisation, injustice and other forms of hate against sections of the country in ways that gravely undermines the unity of an already fragile nation.

“The brazen and blatant exclusion of the South-East whose citizens will contribute more than a fair share in the repayment of the loan is tantamount to the balkanisation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and or a declaration of war by other means.”

The group also added that Nigeria’s diversity is her greatest asset but regretted that the Buhari-led administration since inception had continued to mismanage and attack that diversity in ways that portend grave danger for the unity of the nation and that had indeed fuelled increasing separatist agitations.


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