The South- East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, loses over one trillion naira each year as a result of marginalization.
The grim statistics were released recently by the Head of Department of English Language and Literature, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Rev. Bethel Azubike.
Rev. Azubike arrived at the figure after intricate calculations on the losses suffered by the Southeast on account of the zone having the least number of states in Nigeria, the least number of federal appointments in the federal civil service, police, army and other agencies, parastals or companies.
Speaking to Christian Voice in an exclusive interview recently, Rev. Azubuike blamed the situation on the non-implementation of the much-touted 3R’s declared by the former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon(rtd) after the end of the civil war in 1970 which way intended to re-integrate Ndigbo in post-civil-war Nigeria.
But the don lamented that Ndigbo are still being persecuted by the Nigerian authorities 43 years after the civil war for their self-defense in the civil war.
In his words; “despite the fact that the then leadership of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) proclaimed, “no victor, no vanquished as a way of national reconciliation, Ndigbo are still being treated as vanquished people because they lost the war”.
Warning that peace would continue to elude Nigeria without truth and genuine reconciliation, Rev. Azubike called on President Jonathan to convey, as a matter of urgency, what he termed “a national conference on peace and reconciliation”