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*Jonathan, Ndigbo And Structural Marginalization
It is disheartening that Igbo Political leaders and actors have kept pernicious mum over the issue of the structural disadvantage of the group in Nigeria, a situation that is affecting the ordinary citizens of the zone. Outside the governors and political office holders in the zone, the ordinary citizens of the South East are the greatest victims of the structural imbalance in Nigeria.
Since everything in Nigeria is shared on the basis of states and local Governments, the densely populated South East zone will continue to trail behind in all indices of development in Nigeria. Kano state alone has 44 local government areas, nearly what all South East states have. It is bizarre that political leaders in the zone are not doing enough to correct this imbalance now. They ought to be shouting, talking, protesting, and pushing for the rest of nation to listen to them. It is all about the future of the Youths and children of the zone. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Map of Nigeria.
They are the ones that are not having the unfettered opportunity to be recruited in the army or security agents because of the restrictive quota system based on states and local governments. They are the ones affected by limited opportunities in the federal civil service, federal institutions, etc since all these are based on the number of states and local governments a zone has. With only five states and ninety seven local government areas, the South East is at the butt of everything in Nigeria despite a dense but unfairly assessed population.
The national political reform of recent time approved an extra state for the south east to bring it at par with other zones. Since then nothing has happened and when the zone renew their demands other zones that have been favoured all these while will also clamour for more states. Is that how we have a sense of fairness in Nigeria? Today there are policies that address the problems of the Youths of the Niger delta. We have the amnesty program, NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta, etc. Now the federal government has begun the almajiri program for the youths of the north. There is also the nomadic education for the north. ( Continues below..... )
Photo Above: Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )
What is there for Igbo Youths who have borne the trauma of a distorted nation for long? What is there for our Youths that trade in all the streets of Nigeria? What is there for our Youths that criss-cross all parts of Nigeria in the nights with all the attendants risks when other Nigerians sleep? What is there for thousands of Igbo youths that are economic slaves in different parts of the world due to limited opportunity in Nigeria?
If a militant from the Niger Delta is now a pilot in South Africa, courtesy of the amnesty program why should a MASSOB activist not have the same opportunity to better their lives. This is food for thought to our selfish political leaders. JONATHAN GOODLUCK must address the structural problem affecting Ndigbo now. He is in a better position and have the moral ground to do it . If he does not, who, except an Igbo can do it. THE TIME IS NOW
Political And Social Analyst
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