Igbo Group Says Jonathan’s Loyalist Behind Biafra Protest

Hundreds of pro-Biafra supporters march through the streets of Aba, southeastern Nigeria, to call for the release of a key activist on November 18, 2015. The protesters support the creation of a breakaway state of Biafra in the southeast and want the release of Nnamdi Kanu, who is believed to be a major sponsor of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and director of the pirate radio station Radio Biafra. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

A pan-Igbo group, The Igbo Conscience (TIC) says loyalists of Ex-Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan are probably sponsors of the ongoing pro-Biafra protest rocking Nigeria. This is according to a report by a popular Nigerian Newspaper, The Punch.

The group, through its leader, Monday Ubani, noted that the protests gained momentum immediately after Jonathan was defeated at the poll because the politicians got ‘juicy’ appointments under the immediate past administration, but did not improve the standard of people living in the region.

Ubani, who is a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, during a news conference in Lagos on Wednesday, said: “As recently as six months ago, the Igbo occupied and boasted of occupying prime positions in the country during the six years of President Jonathan’s rule. Why is it that immediately after the defeat of the past regime in March, the cries of Igbo marginalisation rose to high heavens with slanderous allegations against the President-elect?

“What were the merits the Ndigbo derived from this much-vaunted strategic placing in critical positions for six years? Should the Igbo be crying of marginalisation just a few months after sitting on the upper echelons of the country’s political and economic spheres if these political beneficiaries benefitted the Ndigbo with their positions?

“Should roads and other facilities in the South-East be as dilapidated as they are today if we benefitted from these former office holders, some of whom are sponsoring the present agitations?”

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