Evangelist Elliot Uko, Deputy General Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), has berated Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, over his advise to the Igbo to declare for Republic of Biafra if they are aggrieved over President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments.
Mohammed made the statement while replying former governor of Anambra State Chukwuemeka Ezeife, who said the Igbo had not been treated fairly in terms of political positions and appointments in the President Buhari administration.
“I don’t believe Buhari or Nigeria owes any Igbo anything. I don’t care what Ezeife says – if they (Igbo) had seceded, there would have been no Nigeria today. As people who acted outside the interest of Nigeria as a country, to expect compensation is a very odd logic.
“If the Igbo don’t like it, they can attempt secession again. If they do, they must be prepared to live with the consequences – nobody owes them anything and nobody is out to compensate them for anything,” he said.
Reacting to Mohammed’s comment, Uko, who is also the President of Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), said: “This statement confirms to the international community that the new administration could march along a very divisive path with the support of some persons in the North. That is, some people have sworn that equity and justice will not reign in Nigeria.
“In other words, actions that lead to disenchantment among Nigerians to the extent of making secession an attractive option to certain sections is actually deliberate and encouraged by the North. I am sure the international community has taken note of that.
‘’The man does not deserve to be replied. He is consistently working very hard to destroy Nigeria by denigrating, abusing and overtly provoking Nigerians in order to prepare the ground for another civil war.
“Whether it is a deliberate policy of the North, we don’t know; whether he will succeed or not in his quite spirited effort to make sure Nigeria does not survive, nobody knows.’’
On why the ILT insists that Buhari should extend the anti-graft probe to 1999, he said: ‘’Everybody agrees, those who stole public funds must return same. Nigerians also want them shamed and punished; but the narrative that corruption began somewhere after 2009 is patently false.
“Mr. President has unwittingly given the wrong impression that he is afraid of General Olusegun Obasanjo, when that could not be the case. Mr. Femi Adesina (Presidency spokesman) could have told the world the Federal Government would begin with the last regime, but will also probe other regimes since 1999.
“Adesina carefully avoided saying that. He told the world the federal government will only probe the Jonathan regime. The operative word here is ‘only.’ That immediately gave room for small talk in gatherings all over the land, that there could be more to it.
“The lame excuse that going back beyond Jonathan’s regime will be a distraction actually amuses Nigerians, who remember with horror the brigandage of 1999-2007, the impunity of the era.
“It is funny to expect Nigerians to believe that the support and hard work Obasanjo gave towards the emergence of the new government is not directly affecting the selective nature of the probe exercise. Nigerians are all agreed that a purge is needful and corruption frontally attacked, but are split on the issue of singling out only the Jonathan regime for probe.’’
Arguing that Buhari will be constrained to wage a holistic anti-graft war, he said there is need to uproot corruption from the roots because ‘’you can’t kill a snake by cutting off the tail, that tail will re-grow after a while, you kill a snake by cutting off the head’’ and Nigerians ‘’know who and who are the father and grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.’’