Why Igbos lost out at NASS – House of Reps member

By Chukwudi Ikpe

The member representing Owerri Federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Ikenna Elezianya, has expressed dismay over the ill-treatment, injustice and marginalization of the South East in the National Assembly.
He made the remark in an interview with journalists in Owerri during the week.
The lawmaker noted that no principal position was given to the region both in the Senate and the House of Representatives, describing it as a rape of justice and equity.
“It is a game of numbers.  The other regions are greater in number and they used their larger number to knock Igbos out of principal positions in the National Assembly.  It is unfair,” Elezianya said.
He insisted that some principal positions in the National Assembly should have been reserved for the South East as a mark of equity and justice.
Elezianya, however, assured that, despite the ugly situation, South East legislators will deliver effective representation to the region.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker called on Igbo citizens to unite for the infrastructural and economic development of the region, stressing that other regions are better catered for than the South East.
He expressed displeasure over the attitude of some Igbo citizens whose assets and investments are scattered in various states of other regions and advised them to ‘come home and invest at home’.
The former Owerri West Local Government Council Chairman called for a total restructuring of the country, insisting that Igbos are marginalized.
“I believe in restructuring.  We must not be begging for everything so that justice and equity will prevail”, he said.
Elezianya expressed optimism that Imo State will bounce back from the ruins occasioned by the recklessness and bad governance of the past administration.
He called on Imolites to support the government of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to rebuild Imo State.