We Are Being Treated Like A Conquered People- Igbo Leaders

By Ikenga Chronicles February 18, 2017

Igbo leaders have lamented the lack of trust of Ndigbo by the Federal Government of Nigeria. This is evident, they claim, in the fact that no Igbo person has been entrusted with the leadership of any security agency in the country. This lack of trust has led to the people of the region being treated by security agents like a “conquered people”

This position was made public by the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, during an interactive session in Lagos. According to Nwodo;

“We don’t feel that we are part of this country. The statement I made earlier was not my thinking alone. Every part of that statement was scrutinised line by line by members of the Ohanaeze executive and we agreed this was the situation before it was issued.”

“How can we be comfortable in a country where no Igbo man is heading any of the security services in this country? Not the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Customs Service (NCS), Immigrations, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), State Security Services (SSS), Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC).”

“The impression we have been given is that we are not trusted enough to be put as the head of any se­curity agency.”

Nwodo went on to say that the way the Igbo are being treated in the country gives the impression that they are not wanted in the country. This makes them feel like a “conquered people” who must submit to the dictates of their conqueror. He lamented;

“Now, if you drive to the South East, we are like a conquered people. In every major town you go into, there is a military checkpoint. They call it Operation Python Dance.

“If they screen you for arms and ammunition, I will understand that it is national security imperative. But they collect money from you. We are forced to pay.

“Between Enugu and Onitsha, there are 17 police checkpoints that I enumerated on one trip. There are police checkpoints, some police and army combined. The commercial vehicle drivers drop the money on the ground.

“They do not care whether the Inspector-General of Police is coming in an on-coming vehicle or that they are being photographed. It does not happen anywhere else in this country. And nobody cares.

“I said it at the 82 Division and I was arrested. I have said that at every public forum anytime I have the opportunity, I will keep harping on this.”

Ohaneze therefore surmised that the Igbo are no longer comfortable in Nigeria.

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