Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s loyalists have been touted as sponsors of the pro-Biafran protests rocking the eastern part of the country, The Punch reports.
This much was revealed by a pan-Igbo group, The Igbo Conscience (TIC), which assuredly stated that some former political office holders who served in the administration of the defeated former leader were behind the revolt.
The group, through its leader, Monday Ubani, noted that the protests gained momentum immediately after Jonathan was defeated at the poll because the politicians got ‘juicy’ appointments under the immediate past administration, but did not improve the standard of people living in the region.
Some of the pro-Biafran agitators during one of their recent protests.
Ubani, a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, during a news conference in Lagos on Wednesday, said: “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?
“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?”
The legal practitioner also noted that many of the protesters had been brainwashed into believing that secession was the only way to address national problems, a situation which even the late leader of the defunct Republic of Biafra, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, reportedly said, was a “struggle of the mind and not a physical one.”
While recalling that countries like Pakistan and South Sudan, which seceded from India and Sudan respectively, had not fared better even after attaining independence, Ubani urged the agitators to have a rethink before they continue with their agitations.
The TIC leader said also that even Nnamdi Kanu, the Radio Biafra director, on whose behalf the protests have gained momentum, was an impostor and did not have the interests of the Igbo at heart.