Calls on FG to pay attention to demands of Ndigbo
Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has congratulated Imo people for doing their best towards the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, describing their efforts as act that requires genuine reciprocity from government.
Anyanwu therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government to pay much attention to the demands of the South Easterners, who are crying over marginalization.
According to him, if June 12 democracy day was declared to correct bad impression against illegality meted out on MKO Abiola, a Yoruba man, there is need to also readdress obnoxious policies against Igbo people. Anyanwu, a stalwart of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, regretted how the plight of the Igbo has remained worse since after the civil war, noting that if the war was declared no victor, no vanquish, a person from the zone supposed to have ascended the number one position in Nigeria.
The erstwhile Senate Committee Chairman on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions charged President Buhari’s administration to be sincere to every region, wondering why the Igbo are sidelined in the distribution of appointments by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) since the present government came on board.
June 12 protests, misplaced priority
Over the weekend precisely on Saturday, June 12, a number of Nigerians particularly youths took to the streets of Abuja, Lagos and some other parts of Nigeria to protest the obvious maladministration under President Muhammadu Buhari. The protests were orchestrated and coordinated by the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowere alongside other activists like Deji Adeyanju, Agba Jalingo and a few others.
The protesters decried high level of insecurity, blood letting, corruption, killing and burning down of properties among other bad omens in the land.
They ended up demanding the resignation of Buhari, chanting “Buhari must go”.
The demonstrations as bad as they were warranted the Nigerian Police to use as usual, maximal force on the protesters, firing shots, teargassing most of them, and turning the anticipated peaceful protests into violent attacks against Nigerian people. In Lagos and Abuja, protesters and passersby scampered for safety while Police men took over the whole show to unleash mayhem on innocent people just like the ENDSARS protest of last year.
For us at NIGERIAN NEWSGUIDE, the Saturday protests were at best a misplaced priority. It had no clearly stated achievable motive, it was a childish jamboree and waste of energy of sort in several senses. One, it was done on June 12 and every Nigerian know that the historic ills of June 12 had been reasonably corrected. June 12 reminds us of the wicked machinations of the long military rulers of Nigeria against the Yoruba race. It was a day MKO Abiola won the freest and fairest presidential election in Nigeria which was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
There was breakdown of law and order in the country courtesy of the Yoruba race who felt oppressed by the North, and they chased non Yorubas out of Lagos and other major cities in the Southwest. In 1998, the political error was corrected to the effect that the two major political parties in Nigeria fielded two Yorubas in the persons of Olusegun Obasanjo and Olu Falae as their presidential Candidates .
In 1999, Obasanjo won that presidential contest and was sworn-in, and he ruled Nigeria for eight years.
As if that was not enough, President Buhari recognizing the germane fact that June 12 was in the actual sense, the democracy day in Nigeria, officially approved and gazetted the day as public holiday and democracy day against May 29.
We make bold to say that Sowere and his co travelers in the Saturday protests were charging the already tensed Nigerian civil space. They ought to have thought and pondered awhile to realize the point that their weekend protests and demands had no bearing with June 12.
Whilst blaming the security operatives for attacking the protesters with arms and teargas, a usual anti people approach, we advise the organisers of Saturday protests to shelve any further protest at least for now. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has less down two years to wound down, and no amount of protest would make the Daura Ex military dictator resign, even mere civilians don’t resign their positions even in the face of life threatening pressures over sharp practices or under performance.
Buhari’s recent statement on a national television that his party APC must produce his successor in 2023 should be a source of worry to Sowere, his likes and discerning Nigerians.
We urge all activists and political gladiators from all divides to begin to strategize and mobilize against Buhari and APC in their desperate quest to produce another Buhari from the party in 2023.
The current Nigerian President is not just a failure but a tribal leader, extremist and anti democracy agent that succeeded in dividing Nigeria along tribal and religious lines like never before.
Nigeria is bleeding today courtesy of APC government, as such, pan Nigeria activists should rise to demand that another Buhari from APC doesn’t rule Nigeria come 2023.
Restructuring, State Police, etc must be fought for now than mobilizing for jamborees similar to that of the recent childish “Stingy Men Association of Nigeria”. Again political balancing that would entail ceding the presidential position to Southeast is the best way to go, at least to give Ndigbo a sense of belonging in 2023.
We say No to Buhari producing a successor in 2023. Time to join the crusade is now if result must be achieved.