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Afenifere chieftain decries marginalisation of Ndigbo

A chieftain of the Afenifere a Yoruba Social-Cultural group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has lamented the unfair treatment of Ndigbo by the Federal government.
He stated that the Igbo have not been properly carried along in the scheme of things in the country, adding that Igbo have been marginalized.
According to Adebanjo, “Never in the history of this country has Ndigbo been so marginalize and traumatized as they are today. In fact, never at any time has Nigeria been at crossroads as it is today. Ndigbo are feeling the main brunt of it”.
The Afenifere chieftain who was reacting to allegations of marginalization of Ndigbo made by the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia  Nwodo at the Igbo Day celebration recently said that “Ndigbo have been completely emasculated and dehumanized in their fatherland”.
He was of the view that such treatment has made the Igbo third class citizens, a little short of the slave trade era. Speaking also a representative of the Middle Belt forum, Jonathan Aagle opined that the end of these issues and challenges is to have the country restructured for better.
According to him, “This is the solution to our problems and that is what Nigerians are demanding for”. Marginalization will end and Nigeria will be better for it”.
The Chairman of Traditional Rulers of Imo State, Eze Samuel Ohiri  also spoke in support of restructuring adding that it would bring about even distribution of resources in the country as well as address the issue of marginalization.
However, another Traditional rulers in the state Eze Oliver Ohanwe of Ihim Autonomous Community in Isiala Mbano LGA advised the Federal Government to give the South-East one additional state for restructuring to work.
In his own speech, the host of the Igbo Day celebration, Imo State Governor, OWelle Rochas Okorocha, said that the time has come for Igbo people to take a bold step and change their story for the better.
He emphasized the need for Ohaneze Ndigbo to carry the Traditional Rulers along in whatever they do towards having  one voice and achieving their aim.
According to Okorocha, “Restructuring of this country is long overdue. We have to know that restricting Nigeria will bring about even distribution of appointments at the federal level among the six geopolitical zones. We wish to have a Nigeria where all citizens will be treated equally irrespective of tribe, religion or ethnicity.

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