Thursday, 5 October 2017

Everything about Buhari is negative, hatred—Ezeife

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has come hard of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him and his administration as a government of hatred and negativity.

Ezeife alleged that Nigerians had it good during the time of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan, and never thought of disintegration, noted that Buhari’s administration brought hardship and unbearable conditions to the country.

The former governor, who spoke in Awka at the end of Anambra 2017 gubernatorial debate organised by Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), boasted that his people would continue to suffer under ‘Buhari’ conditions.

“But I don’t know who we are dealing with now. I look at somebody who looks different from what he used to be before. I am 79 so I can’t contest again. But I will make someone President on 2019,” he said, arguing that the country must be restructured or disintegrate.

According to Ezeife, “Although Nigeria has failed woefully we still believe on one Nigeria where everyone would be impressed. I will lead the way for better and greater Nigeria. You will see me there”.

On marginalization of Southeast geopolitical zone, Ezeife recalled that “Before the civil war, World bank shows that Igbo nation was growing faster and called Nnewi the Japan of Africa. We were on top before the war. Something happened later and since then, we started going backward. What happened was that the British were afraid that if they give power to either Yoruba or Igbo, Nigeria will overtake them (the Britain) in 50 years or less.

“In the 8 years Obasanjo led the country, Nigeria grew faster. If he had left without planning for 3rd term, Nigeria would have been better now. But look at us the Igbo. 50 years no president yet we are still going forward”.

He said that restructuring Nigeria means going back to agreed Nigeria, the country which according to him, was agreed by our founding fathers.

“We want Nigeria that will work for us all. Nigeria that will become the fastest growing country in the world. She started with 3 regions but later became 4 regions. There was a coup and in order to win the war, Nigeria military isolated the Igbo from the rest of the Eastern Nigeria. They created 12 states; six in the north and six in the south.

“After the war, we did not resurrect the agreed Nigeria. Northern rulers of Nigeria went on to create 36 states and Abuja which is sometimes treated as if it is a state. As if it was not enough, they gave 19 states to the north and 17 to the South. That means, legislatively, the north has upper hand than the South. The numbers of senate we have is less. It is even worst in the house of representative.

“But the ‘worstest’ if there is any English word like that is on creation of Local Government Areas. Out of 774 local government areas they carved out, the north has 419 while the South is with 367. Sokoto and Lagos were equal with 20 council areas each. Today, out of Sokoto, we have 83 local government areas. Lagos remains 20. Kano and Jigawa were one but now they have as many as southeast as a whole. Kano has 44. Bayelsa has 8.

“So this is why the northerners are saying that they don’t understand what is meant for restructuring. They know they will lose more money. We are sharing money from the centre to local government and sates government. If they allow restructuring which they cannot stop, they will lose more money. It is a matter of been shortsighted.

“Ultimately, it is either we restructure or we disintegrate and Nigeria goes into oblivion. We the Nigerian people want one Nigeria. This is because if Nigeria is restructured and justice prevails, everyone will enjoy the big market calls Nigeria. We cannot forever remain a slave in our country. Our people who were sold into slavery are crying and asking Ejim ndu emegini? Omanielu mapu n’ukpo mmiri gbuonwe ya. That means life without honour is not worth living. Therefore, Biafra will become inevitable if we continue to be in this country without honour”.



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