This was a reply to Dr Nicky Okoyes article.
WHAT IS THIS CRY OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION ALL ABOUT?
I don’t feel angry or frustrated, anytime I read any article or posts by a Yoruba or Hausa/Fulani person questioning what Ndi Igbo mean by these unending cry of marginalization in Nigeria . This is expected , because people that enjoy deliberately created advantages over their competition will always want it to remain so and will hardly give it up unless pressed to the wall .
However, I get deeply perplexed, any time I read such queries from someone , who bear the Igbo name , especially , those who migrated abroad to escape the suffocating environment back home.
Anyway , for the umpteenth time, I would devote time again on this space to enlighten once more , all those who have shown genuine or mischievous lack of understanding and comprehension of what the Igbo agitation is all about.
I wish to God , I can help you understand. But I will try again.
NOW TO THE KERNEL OF THE MATTER
1. Please kindly note that the Igbo agitation is not a hatred towards any ethnic group or people . I don’t know why people are pushing such wicked narratives . I don’t know what those driving it want to achieve . Perhaps , to draw opprobrium towards Ndi Igbo.
2. The Igbo agitation is not to occupy the Presidency or to be given all the juicy political appointment in Abuja. We don’t need it . Those who occupied those positions in the past benefitted only their filthy pockets.
3. The Igbo agitation is not to be given the Oil wells in the Niger delta or the land mass of the North or the resources of west . No it is not . If it is , we would not be at the vanguard of the call for resource control in Nigerian.
4. The Igbo agitation is simply for Nigeria to give level playing ground to every/all the stakeholders within the Nigerian space/perfect . The Igbo agitation is an unequivocal demand for equity , justice , fairness equality and excellence to all.
5. To be more specific , the Igbos demand for a total restructuring of Nigeria to what we have in 1963 , that was beneficial to all . What this simply means is that the Igbos demand for a redrawing of the fiscal , governance , political , socioeconomic , resource control and autonomous architecture of Nigeria to enable her people and other people that make up Nigeria to develop their home stead at their own pace and at their own terms without being stifled of their entrepreneurial and enterprising spirits.
6. If the autonomous, resource control , governance and fiscal architecture of Nigeria is overhauled to what we have in 1963, with the exclusive list for the FGN reduced to just control of defence and foreign relation of Nigeria , given them only 20% of our national revenues. If the six regions are allowed to control 50% of whatever they produce within their land and allow to build, develop their own infrastructure and enter into whatever alliances that can enhance the growth of their infrastructure and human capital without the overbearing influence of Abuja. The following things will happen.
#Ndi Igbo will now be able to enter into alliances with the SS region to create mutually beneficial sea pathways into ala Igbo without recourse to Abuja.
#What this means is that all the trillions of naira, jobs, physical, fiscal and infrastructural development that are concentrated in Lagos, will now move to Aba and Onitsha. Our containers shall be cleared in Onitsha and Aba. Those importers and big businessmen that struggle to buy houses in Banana Island , Lekki and VI at cut throat prices will now create their own plantain Islands nearer how by the coast of the Niger river near the overhead bridge. Many will relocate home.
#Autonomy will also allow the regional government of the SE to negotiate and attract consulate presence of the US, UK, EU, China and other countries in Enugu and Owerri. What this means is that my age mother will not come to Lagos or travel to Abuja to secure her visa to travel abroad . She will not have waste my resources flying to Lagos . She won’t need to come to Lagos for a connecting flight to Dubai. Just imagine the aggregate and cumulative jobs, fiscal , physical and infrastructural development that this arrangement will bring .
#Autonomy and Resource control will allow the SE regional government to develop her education system that suits her people and will not suffer the ignominy of having her sons who score 200/300 in a federal common entrance exam denied admission into a Federal school , only to allot his position to a kid from Zamfara who scored 4/300.
#Autonomy, Resource control and fiscal federalism, will allow the regional government of the SE the latitude and constitutional unencumberances to enter into partnerships with the regions of the SS or SW or NC to develop rail system links that connects even to outside niegbouring countries in such viable designs and structures that is not subject to the overbearing influences of Abuja.
Igbos love PPP. Igbos are commercial oriented and will not mind several toll projects that will develop ala igbo,unlike our neighbours who love freebies and will want us to build unviable highways and site projects that leads to no where just to satisfy nepotistic inclinations and put the debt burden on others.
It will also allow Ndi Igbo to harness and tap into all the solid mineral resources and natural resources that God endowed us with , without recourse to Abuja and external limitations . It will also enable us have our regional police that can easily checkmate home grown crimes and stop the murderous antics of the terrorist herdsmen .
If these international sea , air and land gateways are created in the SE region , many Igbo owned businesses sited in other regions will relocate to the homeland.
If Nigeria is restructured today to what we have in1963; this agitation and cry for marginalisation will stop immediately .
Ndi Igbo do not seek to take anyone’s land without paying for it . We don’t want a beggarly feeding bottle federalism.
That the other ethnic nationalities are okay with the rot and perfidy in the land does not mean we should keep quiet . We complain louder than others because the current wicked , warped , fraudulent and mediocre driven Nigerian structures stifles our enterprise and free spirit.
For folks who claim that the outcry of the people of the SE are misplaced , I hope you will come around and appreciate what this agitation is all about . Let’s stop spreading some of these shallow narratives.
Let’s dig deeper to unearth the root causative agents that feeds this agitation so as to provide the required lasting and sustainable solutions to it.
No more elixirs or opiates.