Micro-zoning presidency to South East
By Valentine Amanze (08054103455)
The greatest injustice to humanity is denyal of human right including the right to participatory government, which determines ones present and future in a nation.
The consequences of such denial are many – rising agitation for cessation, insecurity and lawlessness.
The late Reggea legend, Bob Marley, captured such consequences in one of his hit songs – War – which was inspired by a speech made by the Ethiopian late Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly in 1963.
Bob Marley put it into song: “Until the philosophy, which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; everywhere is war
“That until there is no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation; until the colour of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes; me say war.
“That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race.
That until that day the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained…”
The Igbo are not inferio race; they don’t want war; but always advocating for the support of other tribes to excel. They also have the right, like any other race, to lead or aspire to rule Nigeria.
Nigeria fought an avoidable civil war, which ended in January 1970, with the military government declaring, “No Victor, No Vanguished.” Thereafter followed the 1979 Constitution that accomoded the federal character policy – giving every tribe equal right to the common wealth and leadership of the nation.
Consequently, the emerging political parties adopted it; even some enshrined it in their constitution, while others embraced it as an “unwritten law” or gentleman agreement.
Such arrengements in the 1979 Second Republic resulted in a National Party of Nigeria-led (NPN) federal government, with Alhaji Shehu Shagari from Sokoto, North-West Nigeria, as president, and Dr Alex Ekwueme, an Igbo, from Anambra State, South-East, as the vice president of Nigeria.
This happened just nine years after the civil war. The Igbo were trusted nine years after the war and are distrusted 52 years after the genocide; what an irony!
The issue is that the Igbo are asking for their right in governance.
When General Ibrahim Babangida, annulled the June 12 election won by MKO Abiola, a Yoruba, South-West, Nigerians, irrespective of tribe and religion, in unism, ensured that another Yorubaman led the country. Ernest Shonekan emerged as Interim Government Head, and later, in 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo, another Yoruba man from the South-Wast, emerged as one of the best leaders Nigeria ever produced.
The North, South-West and South-South have all occupied the Aso Rock; why denying the Igbo? Why must the arrangement that brought Shonekan, Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan, and Muhammadu Buhari be discontinued?
Shifting the goalpost during the turn of Ndigbo is a Big Injustice.
In the interest of justice and fairplay, the nation’s political class, irrespective of party, should come together and examine the plight of Ndigbo in Nigerian politics. This is important because it is the turn of Ndigbo today and could be another ethnic group tomorrow. Thank God for the leadership of groups like Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Middlebelt Forum, which are calling for justice for the Igbo. A justice to one is justice for all.
The fear for the Igbo is not tenable. Ndigbo are scattered all over the nation and have not consumed their hosts.
Fine; there is IPOB agitation in the South-East for self-determination; but it is not a big threat to the nation than that of Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani herdsmen – all in the northern Nigeria.
Therefore, micro-zoning the presidency to the South-East has the capacity to ending the ethnic agitations from the zone. The Igbo need equal right and justice in Nigeria. Who knows, if micro-zoning the presidency to South-East will turnound the nation’s comatose economy.
April 8, 2022.