June 12: Southeast Group Urges Ndi-Igbo to Boycott Event, Says Buhari Denied Igbos GCON
Ahead of tomorrow's conferrement of posthumous national honour of the
Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on late
business baron, Chief MKO Abiola, the Southeast Youths and Elders
Forum have charged Igbo leaders and friends of Ndi-Igbo to boycott the
event in protest to what it described as continuous marginalisation of
the race by the government at the centre.
The group queried the rationality for awarding the honour of Grand
Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on late human rights
activist Gani Fawehinmi without extending same gesture to then
Chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Professor
Humphrey Nwosu who conducted the best election in Nigeria's history?
The statement said
The group noted that the systematic annihilation of the race and the
cavalier attitude developed towards the sons and daughters of Igbo
race interms of appointments and infrastructures have reached its
zenith and it will no longer allow it to continue.
The group also blasted Igbo political leaders for supporting Buhari's
re-election bid in 2019 without proper negotiation on what the
Southeast region would benefit if re-elected.
A situation where our frontline political jobbers throw their supports
to Buhari without any written agreement on how the region would
benefit from his re-election is a big slap on our face.
This is not to talk of Rotimi Amaechi who in all of his political
career, rejected his Igbo affiliation but starts claiming it suddenly
because he needed the race to fly because he has realised that his
South-South region cannot give to him what he needed to be a national
We therefore advice President Buhari to ignore the Igbo sons and
daughters deceiving him with their false promises of delivering the
Southeast votes to him in 2019.
Those who are promising him victory in the region are nothing but
political fraudsters who are only interested in making money from him
as well as avoiding imprisonment for their past lootings.
We are therefore telling Mr. President in frank terms that before we
will deliver the Southeast votes to him in 2019, he must first of all
drop Professor Yemi Osinbajo as his Vice and pick an Igbo man for his
This is the first condition that must be met before we start further
negotiations with him on how to win the southeast votes.
Refusal to do so, then he should stop wasting his time as
southeasterners are not fools.
Mazi E. K. Ikechukwu,
Director of Media,
Southeast Youths and Elders Forum