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Ndigbo decries marginalisation

By Uduma Kalu

Igbo people all over the world yesterday marked the Igbo Day with a call for unity among the people. They also decried the present political structure of the country saying it marginalises them, making them second class citizens.

The people also called for the creation of Anioma state out of the present Delta state for the Igbo speaking people of that area, saying it is the oldest agitation for state today.

Drawing extensively from the 1949 Nnamdi azikiwe speech at the Ibo State Union gathering in Aba, where the late nationalist canvassed for a Federal Commonwealth of Nigeria or what it is today called Confederation of Ethnic Nationalities, the people, through their leaders, said only a true federation, which a national conference would guarantee would satisfy the Igbo, a similar call being made by the Yoruba and the Hausa, they acknowledged.

The Igbo Day celebration is an annual remembrance day by the Igbo in honour of people killed in during the 1966 pogrom in Northern Nigeria as well as other parts of the federation. It is held simultaneously all over the world, with each chapters holding its version but under a common theme.


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