Quit notice on Igbos: Planned North, South East elders’ meeting an exercise in futility – Igbo Youth Movement

Posted On: Sun 18 Jun 2017 By Emmanuel Uzodinma | Daily Post NG

 

The Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, has described the planned joint meeting scheduled to hold on June 22nd, between Northern and Eastern leaders at the instance of the presidency, as a jamboree.‎

 

Osinbajo met with leaders from the North and the South-East on different intervals at the presidential villa, Abuja, last week.

 
 

He is expected to hold a joint meeting between the leaders of the two political zones.

 

The meetings are aftermath of the three-month quit notice served on Igbos in the North by Arewa Youths.

 

However, in a statement issued by Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, the Founder, Igbo Youth Movement (IYM) and Deputy Secretary, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT)‎ made available to DAILY POST, he argued that the planned meeting, “though on the surface sounds good and needful, truth is, that meeting will not address the truth about the Nigerian situation.”

 
 

Going down memory lane, Uko stated that “millions of easterners had affirmed their loss of faith in Nigeria as presently constituted by a successful stay at home on May 30th.

 

“The whole world was shocked beyond words, some Northern leaders, through certain youths, dazed by the stay at home order, played the LAST card left. An untidy attempt to blackmail easterners burning desire for freedom from oppression, with threat to harm they and their properties in the North.

 

“Eastern youths called their bluff, thanked God for their reaction and changed gear to a demand for an early referendum to decide the fate of Nigeria.”

 
 

While lambasting the political class, Uko added that “a hurried cosmetic makeover is in the brew, to paper the cracks and postpone the evil day.

 

“The elite clap, Nigerians ponder, the naive and the gullible are deceived as usual, while the discerning mourn.

 

“Everybody pretends that a few appointments thrown to eastern politicians will assuage the agitators. The political class are excited at the opportunity of using the blood of these agitators to achieve political accommodation and the beat goes on.



“As the leaders gather on June 22nd to prevaricate with platitudes as usual, the divide gets only deeper, the anger spreads wider, and the elite club congratulates themselves for another choreographed deception successfully pulled off.

 

“The crack in the foundation of the country would only continue to get worse until we stop lying to ourselves. The malignant tumor has grown so big that only a surgical operation can remove it now.

 

“The militarily -inspired constitution cannot move Nigeria forward. The structure created by military rulers cannot take us any further. The suspicions have since given way to hate and the misgivings to anger.

 

“Only a fundamental restructuring of the polity back to true fiscal federalism can save Nigeria now. Everybody knows that.

 

“Continuous deception would only make matters worse. Devolving powers to the 36 states is not enough to return the souls of millions of young people (especially from my region) who no longer believe in Nigeria.

 

“Only an early return to the regions would save the situation now. The elite are only pushing their luck too far, perhaps because they believe the large army of angry youths can always be deceived.

 

“The political class seems to place their individual political careers over and above the very survival of the nation, this sin brought us where we are, in the first place.

 

“All these shenanigans from the ruling class are the very virus that have grown the disease for this many years, yet our leaders still cannot see that salvation now lies only in an altruistic drive for justice, equity and fair play, through restructuring of the polity.

 

“For those incorrigible political exploiters, who believe that our youth can still be endlessly deceived, I advice them to check again what time it is. If they do, they would invariable discover, that the train has since left the station.

 

“If Nigeria does not begin the process of restructuring her polity back to regional autonomy anchored on true fiscal federalism, it might be too late to save Nigeria.



“The large dose of hubris and self righteousness ruling the land today, must give way to reality, truth and sincerity. Let truth be told. Time is running out.”


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