S-East Govs Compromised, Conspired With Buhari To Proscribe IPOB —Onunkwo
By Osiberoha Osibe
More insight has been thrown into the circumstances that led to the proscription of the unarmed, non-violent freedom fighters agitating for the restoration of Republic of Biafra under the aegis of the Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government.
A leading campaigner for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the Southeast Governors of compromise , betrayal and aiding the controversial ban.
Recall that the activities of the pro-Biafran group was declared illegal and unlawful by the Southeast governors, followed by the federal government’s announcement tagging the group as a terrorist organization aftermath of the invasion and destruction of the family house of the group’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu during Operation Python Dance One on 14th September 2017.
The passivity of the Buhari-led federal government over the outcry against the reported bloodletting, ethnic cleansing and killings across the country mostly in Northern parts of Nigeria masterminded by Islamic Fulani herdsmen has elicited condemnations from various parts of the country and abroad.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria (GOHAN) at Senator Uche Ekwunife Centre, Awka on Saturday, the State Chairman, Chief John Bosco Onunkwo said the Federal Government acted in consonance with the stance and position of the Southeast governors who initiated the process of proscription of IPOB as the chief security officers of their respective states.
He was unequivocal that the governors should be held accountable for the IPOB’ s ban and other atrocities associated with it, rather than President Buhari.
Chief Onunkwo also blamed the people of the Southeast for their self-inflicted woes and gross neglect by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Buhari on account of their irresponsible and thoughtless vote against APC”s Buhari in the 2015 Presidential election.
He echoed President Buhari’s stance not to reward those in the Southeast and South-south geo-political zones who rejected and voted against him in the election, pointing out that the people of Southwest region who massively supported Buhari’s candidature were rewarded with juicy positions.
According to him, the Southwest region likely to boost of .any APC-led states than Southeast, has positioned themselves in the build up to the 2019 elections, to takeover power from Buhari after the expiration of his second term in office come 2023.
Against public low pass mark for the federal government’s nonperformance, Onunkwo rated President Buhari high in his three major agenda namely security, economy and fight against corruption, lauding Buhari for possessing the moral will to touch the untouchables.
The former governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in the November 2017 gubernatorial race supported Buhari’s federal government for not coming hard on the killer herdsmen whom he described as professional business rather than merciless terrorists, stressing that 90 percent of Nigerians depend of the herders’ meat for survival.
Onunkwo further blamed the Southeast members of the National Assembly for not working towards actualising their legislative mandate by sponsoring bills to redress manifest acts of marginalization and injustices against Ndigbo including constitutional amendment and equalization of numbers of states among the various zones.
On the dilapidated infrastructure including federal roads in the Southeast, Onunkwo blamed the five past Southeast Senate Presidents who took their turn to serve but failed to address the problems in their zone adding that Igbos should be wiser to play the politics at the centre.
Meanwhile the highpoint of the event was the administering of oaths of office and allegiance on Onunkwo by the National Chairman, Felix Idiga, after which the State boss inaugurated the local government area chapters and three Zonal coordinating officers led by Chief Christopher Onuama (Anambra North), Hon Nkechi Nnoli (Anambra South) and Lady Bene Nwachukwu (Anambra Central).