An Igbo group, The Igbo Conscience, has said that the recent pro-Biafra protests are being sponsored by allies of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Ex-President’s men behind Biafra protests – Igbo Conscience Group
The comment was made on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, by the group’s leader, Monday Ubani during a news conference in Lagos.
The comment was made on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, by the group’s leader, Monday Ubani during a news conference in Lagos, Punch reports.
“As recently as six months ago, the Igbo occupied and boasted of occupying prime positions in the country during the six years of President Jonathan’s rule. Why is it that immediately after the defeat of the past regime in March, the cries of Igbo marginalisation rose to high heavens with slanderous allegations against the President-elect?” Ubani said.
“What were the merits the Ndigbo derived from this much-vaunted strategic placing in critical positions for six years? Should the Igbo be crying of marginalisation just a few months after sitting on the upper echelons of the country’s political and economic spheres if these political beneficiaries benefitted the Ndigbo with their positions?
“Should roads and other facilities in the South-East be as dilapidated as they are today if we benefitted from these former office holders, some of whom are sponsoring the present agitations?” he added.
Pro-Biafra protests have been ongoing in the Eastern region of Nigeria for the past two weeks with the protesters gathering under the umbrella of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and continuing agitations for the release of Radio Biafra boss, Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
A demonstration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on November 10, 2015, resulted in the deaths of at least three people, an eyewitness told Pulse.
Kanu was arrested in Lagos in October and has reportedly been granted bail but is yet to be freed.
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