The National President of the Indigenous Igbo Youths Congress, IIYC, Chief Echefu, says the country is bleeding every day and it is evidence that the federal government has lost grip of the security situation, especially considering what is happening in the North East.
According to his Reasons, Boko Haram is still potent in the North East and these criminal elements, who are supposed to have been declared terrorists are called bandits because we live in denial in this country, while the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that was merely waving its flags was declared a terrorist organization.
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He said the sponsors of the Boko Haram group have been named, but instead of the government making a public show of them, they appear to be dilly-dallying and shielding these sponsors.
We don’t want to restructure anymore, rather we should be left alone to go and develop our land and enjoy peace instead of a country where marauding herdsmen raze your community; rape; kill and take over your ancestral land and you watch helplessly, hence the agitations, he said.
He remarked that Commodore Olawunmi (retired) had during a television programme, said that some of those sponsors are now governors, senators, and some in Aso Rock. But to date, the federal government is yet to react to that statement.
Another reason for the agitations, according to him, is that the federal government has created what he described as “senior and junior” Nigerians. He cited the herdsmen as a good example. He accused the government of pampering the Fulani herdsmen and giving them fertile ground to continue with their killing spree, whereas the herdsmen have been categorized internationally as the fourth most deadly terrorist group.
He said another factor for the agitations is because there is no justice in Nigeria. The country is not fair, while equity is the least consideration in the way the Nigerian nation is currently being run. He stated that this is the reason why we are not making progress and far behind our contemporary nations.
He also identified the 1999 Constitution as another reason for the agitations. According to him, the 1999 constitution is fraudulent and was made without the consent of the people and as it stands everything is loaded against the south.