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Obasanjo’s letter to Jonathan danger signal, says Chukwumerije.


Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije,

yesterday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo‘s open letter to President Jonathan as a sign of looming disaster.

Chukwumrije in a statement last night said a second term for Jonathan is necessary to foster a sense of participation of all ethnic components in the administration of the country at the highest level.

He warned that never again will the Igbo nation allow itself to be made a sacrificial lamb in the nation’s political history.

He described as alarmist Obasanjo’s warning that the military is being primed for “possible abuse and misuse… for unwholesome personal and political interest…”

The statement reads: “For System Nigeria, a period of almost half a century of silent ostracisation of a group in political wilderness should be enough of a part of the total reparation exacted from Ndigbo since the end of the civil war.

“This major ethnic nationality has never produced an elected President of Nigeria. Still on the future of Nigeria (and specifically fate of Igbo ethnic nationality) in the dark shadows of new but predictable hazards of replay of ancient systemic uncertainties.

“The lengthy loud ambiguities of our Delphic Oracle reek with offensive smells – innuendos of betrayals and lurking disasters, of cyclical visitations of ignored history, of clear blinks of danger signs from 1966 milepost.

“When such an alarm comes from a revered leader, it is an invitation to a ship wreck from familiar quarters. Predictably, rehearsed but hollow threats of impeachment was a logical fall-out of the alarm. Timely counter threats of treasonable felony followed.”

He added: “We must avert this disaster. For Ndigbo, System Nigeria can never make us again the sacrificial lamb of its fractured history. Never again.

“If to foster a sense of participation of all ethnic components in the management of Nigeria is the prime purpose of rotation of the presidency, the formal acceptance of the current six-zone structure, (the successor to the former regions), should be the most effective mode of implementation of the formula.

“A second term for Jonathan is important to establish this necessity. This gives to the federal edifice the solid foundation.”

The lawmaker noted that the turbulent history of Nigeria suggests the six-zone format as a “dialectical necessity in the current phase of our nation-building.”

He said the formula would bring all the sectors of the federation nearer to a level playing ground.

He stated that “the reference to dialectical movement is to the history of the dynamics of power relationships among regions, ethnic blocs and under-girding hegemonies.

“The direction of Nigeria’s political evolution since 1962 has been the inexorable pace of disintegration of hegemonic strongholds in favour of progressive democratisation of the political space.

“Seen from this view, a second tenure for Jonathan is a necessity. It strengthens the precedent of a six-zone structure and reinforces a new convention/formula that adopts this rotation format for the Presidency as the recipe of national stability.”

He lamented that a major ethnic group like Ndigbo have since independence been excluded from Nigeria’s elected presidency.

He said: “The official name of the competition rule is ‘democracy is a game of numbers’. But the buzz code of the System is ‘exclusion of the Igbos for the meantime’.

“Obasanjo has allegedly said as much a long time ago, warning that it was an insult to the System for Ndigbo to expect access to the presidency in less than 100 years from end of the civil war.

“OBJ’s choice of use of regions as rotation units to warehouse manipulation of selection of presidential materials gives credence to this allegation.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

2015: Igbo’s situation pathetic –Chukwumerije.


Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Uche Chukwumerije (PDP), has decried what he termed the predicament of Igbo ahead the 2015 general elections.

Speaking in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State at the maiden Abia North Youth Empowerment Initiative, Chukwumerije said the condition of Ndigbo was pitiable.

The lawmaker, who spoke on “2015: Before Ndigbo lies an open grave,” said the people from the South-East were in a quagmire, having been reduced to second class citizens in a country they gave their all to build.

He said that for 43 years, Igbo had struggled for self-realisation and to reestablish themselves in a country they contributed immensely for its independence, unification and development, adding that the people had lost their inheritance.

He said: “The main problem we face is how to make our people move from second class citizens and produce a President of Nigeria.

“I shout about it in the Senate. We are yet to regain our position 43 years after the Civil War.”

Chukwumerije said economic and infrastructure development in the South-East was at its lowest ebb compared to what obtained in other zones of the country.

He said: “When they sited petrochemical industries, fertiliser industries and other major companies in the country not even a single one went to the South-East. All development efforts are concentrated outside the South-East.”

The legislator said the situation had made the people to feel not wanted and dejected.

He accused the Federal Character Commission of enforcing a discriminatory quota system on the country and promoting mediocrity.

Chukwumerije said the country had got to a situation where citizens needed to be given equal opportunities to excel, adding that a situation where cut-offmarks and conditions for entry into federal institutions varied among states was no longer acceptable.

On the aim of the empowerment programme, he said it had become imperative for political office holders to rally their people and give back to society in the absence of meaningful development.

The senator said his target was to make Abia North the backbone of skills manpower not only in the South-East but in the country.

Items given out to beneficiaries drawn from the five local government areas of Abia North include 15 hair dressing kits, 15 generating sets, 15 motorcycles, 15 sewing machines, 15 laptop computers/ recharge card printers and five taxi cabs.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Igbo leaders urge kinsmen to vacate northern Nigeria.

Prominent Igbo political leaders rose from a crucial meeting on Saturday
expressing concern over the continued killing of their kinsmen in the north
by the Boko Haram sect.

The meeting comprising the governors of the five south east states,
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Puis Anyim,
former governors and National Assembly members condemned in strong
terms the killings while commending currents efforts by the Federal
Government to tackle the issue.

Dignitaries who attended the meeting included second republic vice
president, Dr Alex Ekwueme; Deputy Senate President, Ike
Ekweremadu; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka
Ihedioha; Senator Chris Ngige, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, Chief Ralph
Uwaechue, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief
Emeka Wogu, Prof Barth Nnaji, Dr Tim Menakaya and Obi of Onitsha,
Igwe Alfred Achebe

They however agreed to set up a committee to evaluate the development
and draw up a plan of action to be adopted by the leaders.

A communiqué of a prolonged meeting on Saturday read, “We are angry
and condemn the spate of killings going on in the country, especially as it
affects Ndigbo. We however commend the efforts of the Federal
Government in containing the situation. We have set up a committee to
monitor the developments as it unfolds.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere another gathering of Igbo leaders at the Enugu
GRA residence of the Late Chief Emeka Ojukwu directed Igbos in
northern Nigeria to return home immediately

The gathering which was convened under the aegis of Igbo Elders Forum,
urged their kinsmen who are engaged in one form of business they
cannot afford to abandon now to ensure their wife and children return to
the south east immediately, but that they can remain at their base and
observe events.

They predicated their decision on the mass killings of Ndigbo and
bombings by the Boko Haram sect in northern parts of the country.
According to and Leader, Movement for the Actualization of the Soveriegn
State of Biafra, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the south east is being
endangered following the attacks of the Boko Haram sect members
against southerners.

His words: “We are calling for immediate return of Igbo wives and children
so that their safety can be assured here in the East. The Igbo nation is
once again facing an intending refugee crisis and our people are being
forced to flee their homes and places of work.”

Uwazurike and former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Justice
Eze Ozobu, said they had set up settlement centres in the South-East
geopolitical zone for their kinsmen who are displaced by the killings in the

“While we urge churches to accommodate Igbo refugees, we will no
longer fold our arms and watch Igbo people buried in mass graves,” they

By African Examiner.

Fear grips Nigeria’s capital over Boko Haram threats.

Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital was on Friday enveloped in anxiety over
rumours of fresh attacks on Christians in the city by the notorious Boko
Haram sect.

Boko Haram had through its spokesman, one Abdul Qaqa asked
southerners to vacate the north while urging Muslims in the southern part
of the country to relocate to northern Nigeria.

Incidentally, Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital was carved out of four northern
states of Nasarrawa, Kaduna, Niger and Kogi states.

Reacting to the rumours, some senior citizens from the South East zone
which had lost majority of its people to attacks by Boko Haram lately
warned their kin not talk the rumours lightly but be vigilant and guard
themselves against possible attacks.

The senior citizens, namely Senator Uche Chukwumerije, Senator Ben
Obi, Special aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Nze Fidelis
Ozichukwu, Austin Ifedinezi, Cyril Ezeani and Nwabueze Obi at a media
conference on the matter advised their kith and kin to defend themselves
within the ambit of the law warning that no one should take such threats
lightly anymore in view of the recent activities of the sect which had
resulted in the death of many Igbo people.

“We would have liked to dismiss the purported plan as a hoax. But we
have learnt bitter lessons from similar tragedies in the past. In any case,
the text message is credited to a credible and respected organization.

“In fact, we quote the text “please instruct ministers and 2 all xtians u
know that Northern Muslims are planning JIHAD; Total massacre of our
brethren in the North, from midnight of tomorrow Friday 13, January.

Pls be at alert and defend yourselves. Pass dis to as many xtians ministers u
know in the north. I know God will fight our battle. Don’t panic, CAN FCT”,
the senior citizens said.

By African Examiner.

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