As Nigeria marks 60 years of her existence, the Igbo have largely borne the brunt of the skewed federation, says the Association of South East Town Union (ASETU).
The union, in a statement signed by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe and National Secretary, Hon. Gideon Adikwuru regretted that a section of the country has monopolized the instruments of the state.
According to it, the section has also hijacked the resources of the country and imposed itself on the rest of the country.
ASETU submitted that the Igbo have been marginalized in all facets of life, adding that Igbo communities are randomly invaded with their farmlands destroyed, men slaughtered and women raped to death by Fulani herdsmen.
The union said; “We see ourselves in a Nigeria that is now defined and defiled by unbearable injustices against our people, the Igbo.
“A section of this country has monopolized all the instruments of state and all the resources of the country and has imposed itself on the rest of the country and has forged a master-servant relationship between itself and the rest of the ethnic nationalities. Igbo people have been marginalized in virtually all the facets of national life.
“Our communities are randomly sacked, farmlands destroyed, women raped and people butchered in their sleep by Fulani herdsmen, yet the Federal Government does not budge.
“But when our youths raise a flag in protest against the humiliations, discrimination and deprivation which we face in Nigeria, they are hurriedly termed terrorists and slaughtered ruthlessly.
Sixty years after Independence, Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder. No nation thrives on outrageous injustices of Nigeria’s dimension and proportion. Political independence has failed to deliver to our people the nation which our forebears fought for.
“It has left the people with aborted dreams and shattered hopes, even as our people keep longing for a better tomorrow and a better nation”.