Ohanaeze tasks Northern leaders on unity, Nigeria’s survival
• Condemns opposition to power shift
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned that opposition by Northern leaders to power shift in 2023 could spell doom for the country.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, said in Enugu, yesterday, that the bane of Nigeria’s development is “raw injustice, especially targeted against the Igbo.”
He said: “Until we begin to wean ourselves of Igbophobia and harness individual and group resourcefulness, creativity, ingenuity and initiatives, wherever they are found, Nigeria will remain on the downward spiral.”
He was reacting to part of the resolutions reached by the Northern States Governors’ Forum, which “unanimously” condemned the statement by the Southern Governors’ Forum that the Presidency “must go to the South in 2023”.
Ohanaeze said: “The above remarks by the leaders of the North indicate a bleak future for Nigeria. It is most regrettable that the North is undisturbed that Nigeria is fast collapsing under its leadership. The Forum failed to recognise that at the moment Nigeria is confronted by the most precarious omens full of uncertainty, doubts, insecurity and bloodshed.
“The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Governor Simon Lalong, can attest that the people of Plateau State have never in history witnessed the number of deaths that have taken place under his watch as governor. The banditry in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa States is terrifying. Benue State has turned into a killing field. The states of Yobe and Borno are worse hit by the menace of Boko Haram.
“Several schools in the North cannot open because of kidnappers and millions of children are on the streets as beggars. The Nigerian currency has lost its value. Unemployment has skyrocketed and Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world
“And the Northern governors, the Sultan, and the Emirs, instead of seeking solution to Nigeria’s problems, were busy strategising on how to retain power in 2023. This is most unconscionable, to say the least.”
The group noted further: “Let it be made abundantly clear that if the Presidency is a panacea to people’s problems, the North would have become the Netherlands of Africa. This is because the North had Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Yakubu Gowon, Murtala Mohammed, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Umaru Yar’adua, and Muhammadu Buhari, yet the problems of the North are on the increase.
“It is most worrisome that the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims, one of the most respected Sultans in recent history and the living conscience of the North, took part in such subversion. For the avoidance of doubt, there is peace in progressive societies because men of conscience are more in number. On the other hand, the crisis in Nigeria is a product of greed, injustice, religion without sacrifice and impunity.”