UMUAHIA—ABIA State governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has said that any reparation to be paid to the South East geo-political zone to make up for civil war damages, should be done through significant federal presence in the region.
Orji, who stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Mr Ben Onyechere, said: ‘’In prevailing circumstance, what the Igbo need ultimately is the development that is backed up by the federal might .This desire is predicated on the premise of an earlier request of reparation from the federal government to the region in order to make up for the losses of the war. It is important not to gloss over the issue of infrastructural deficit confronting the Igbo for a long time now, for which reason we cannot subtract from our support for the federal government, led by President Jonathan who has shown an uncommon interest in the affairs of the South East.
‘’In other words the short cut to obtaining reparation is by maximally offering an unalloyed alignment with the federal government, the potentiality of our voting populace .
“As such, it is pertinent to say that no amount of struggle by any individual state can saturate the yawning gap for development, except on the basis of mortgaging the future of the state economy through huge borrowing, while pretending to be developing the state. Therefore, the South East is duty bound to explain to the Igbo the reason we must go with the federal authority.’’