‘1914 Amalgamation Enslaved People’ – Bishop Onuagha Calls For Nigeria’s Breakup

The Bishop, Method­ist Diocese of Onitsha, Rt Rev B.L. Onuagha has bared his mind on the state of Nigerian nation and noted that the amalgama­tion of 1914 has not fa­voured the Igbo, appealing to the world leaders to lis­ten to the South East and break, off “this monster called amalgamation.”

This was contained in the Bishop’s address to mark the 14th annual dioc­esan synod of the church. Bishop Onuagha said since the amalgamation was not working in the interest of the components of the fed­eration that the best option should be to dissolve it based on the fact that, ac­cording to him, a section of the country was suffer­ing enslavement.

The Bishop cited the ac­tivities of the Fulani cattle herdsmen who he said had displaced communi­ties, killed, maimed and burgled the people with impunity and government would remain complacent. He described it as an indication that some people were not wanted in the marriage. The synod enjoined the Federal Gov­ernment to make enabling law as regards grazing in Nigeria to avoid bloodlet­ting between the herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

“Amalgamation has brought about the erosion of human dignity, the en­slavement of a section of the people in the name of one Nigeria. This deadly monster has led to the loss of millions of lives of Igbo and no one is talking about the genocide. Yes, our culture and that of those in question are not the same. Our language is not the same, our customs, our tradition, our faith and our education are not the same. Our values are at variance. Then, why must we be forced to be in a marriage that we do not want and we see that it is not favourable?” the Bish­op queried.

He said he was not sur­prised that a group was crying for separation from the unholy marriage forced on Nigeria by the British government in 1914.

The Bishop noted that even in the entity called Nigeria, there is extreme hardship to the extent that the naira would soon become a piece of paper if not checked. He said fuel was fast becoming a scarce commodity to the extent that the poor could not afford it in a nation that exports crude oil.

He said the synod urged the Federal Government to tread with caution in her quest to deregulate the pe­troleum sector in order to avoid further sufferings of Nigerians, adding that the refineries should be made to work in full capacity.

“The cost of living is rising daily, as the central government is busy witch-hunting individuals in the name of fighting corrup­tion,” he said.

On Anambra State, the Bishop expressed satis­faction with Governor Willie Obiano, whose government is doing well in providing security, ag­riculture, education, infra­structure and other social amenities.

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