A foremost Ijaw leader and convener of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, has outlined areas Igbos are being marginalised by the current administration.
The elder statesman also called for the arrest and detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for declaring that there will be no election in Anambra state.
Clark pointed out that before the All Progressives Congress, APC’s administration, the Igbos have enjoyed and served in key positions in Nigeria.
He said Kanu and his followers must be told the truth before they throw the nation into chaos, adding that this group of people did not witness the civil war.
Clark told journalists that Nigeria is one country that cannot be broken, saying “My advice to those beating the drum of secession is to take it easy. The war of 1967 to 1970 claimed so many lives and property, made some Nigerians to almost become second class citizens in their own country.”
“So these boys should be told the history of Nigeria from independence to let them know that the Igbo were not marginalised in the past, especially in the First Republic and, in fact, their kinsman, Ironsi, was Head of State.
He added that, “These boys who are going around, and led by Nnamdi Kanu, some of them were not born at that time, and if they were born, they were very little children. I agree that President Buhari’s government has marginalised them.
“Why should an Igbo man not be a senior security officer? Even if they are not in the army, they must be somewhere. These are good cases that they have. In the appointments of persons into federal parastatals and others, why should the Igbo not be there? I think these are some of the things people are kicking against and we all support them.”
While querying former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration however, Clark said “I think the Igbo played a leading role in former President Jonathan’s government; they had every chance, every opportunity to develop their area. But some of them were selfish. The secretary to the government was an Igbo man.”
According to him, “There is nowhere that youths will take over the administration of a place and it is very irresponsible for Kanu to say there will be no election in Anambra State in November. He should be arrested and detained. There is a limit to their agitation and I am happy that the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo has condemned them.