By Francis Igata
ENUGU—AN Igbo socio-cultural group, the Igbo Speaking Community in Lagos, yesterday, accused successive administrations in Nigeria of a deliberate neglect and marginalization of the South-East geopolitical zone.
The group at a World Press Conference in Enugu equally lamented that even though Ndigbo had suffered unquantifiable loss as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, they have not been factored in the agenda for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
President-General of the association, Chief Ebere Ubani who spoke alongside the Chairman, IDPs, South-East, Ozo Patrick Mba, also drew the attention of the world to what he called “latest unimaginable and deliberate marginalization of Ndigbo on the IDPs saga”.
The President alleged that the Igbo nation was still under siege by an unforgiveable authorities in Nigeria, which he said had culminated in the total abandonment of the South-East in all infrastructural and developmental facets in order to keep the zone in perpetual under-development and political slavery.
Ubani, however, lamented that whereas other IDPs were being catered for, the returnees had been left to roam helplessly in all the nooks and crannies of the South-East, where according to him “the political nomenclature on ground for whatever reasons has failed to take cognizance of these human tragedy.”
The group, while calling for an urgent need to open IDPs camp in the South-East, further stated that it had started collection of names and addresses of the returnees.
“It becomes imperative to appeal to the Federal Government, the South-East governors and political leaders to live up to their vows and provide succour to these millions of displaced Ndigbo so that they will not end up like the Biafran ex-service men and women, who today liter major streets in the South-East”.