The Eastern Seaports: In addition to this, the Federal Government has systematically made it difficult for Easterners to do commercial business even in the East.
The Federal Roads in the East are some of the worst in Nigeria. The Eastern Seaports have been made ineffective.
It was a war to get the Enugu Airport upgraded to an International Airport. The former Finance Minister shed tears on the day the first International Flight landed in Enugu.
Yes, Okonjo Iwealla cried! Recently, it was only the South East that was conspicuously missing in the New Railway Plan of the Federal Government. Nigeria has 6 regions. And one was missing in a national railway plan. Incidentally, Igbos who reside here are the most itinerant in the country and would benefit most from a national transport plan.
Even our President changed the plan to include his village but a zone of the country was not included.
When you go to the east, despite the lack of federal presence, the presence of police all over the east tells a story.
They mount roadblocks and make it difficult to have commercial activity. Recently, Customs has joined. And lastly the army. It is an occupied territory. They extort money. They intimidate. They recently have started killing.
Nigeria has made the east unlivable. Purposely. Carefully.
I am often in conversations where people accuse the east of being clannish. That while we are welcome in all parts of Nigeria, outsiders cannot come to the East.
My question is: why would you come to the east? To do what?
There is no business to do in the east. Nigeria has ensured that. Why would someone from the South West of Nigeria go to the East to invest? No one would prevent you. But it hardly makes commercial sense. Nigeria has ensured that those from the North is there in droves. Igbos love to celebrate with beef, And the cattlemen go there to sell their cattle, No one molests them. In my village and most villages in the East, they live unmolested. But those are the only people who can find a commercial reason to be there!
So those who wonder why Igbos are angry, wonder no more. While most would not dare carry arms against Nigeria, don’t underestimate the level of disconnection and anger especially among the younger generation. Nigeria is made of nations that came together to form a country.
No nation will like to be in perpetual servitude. That Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters starred down army tanks with sticks is a sign that the next generation will be ready to fight bare hands if necessary to stop Nigeria treating the Igbo nation as second-class citizens. There will be fiercer and angrier Kanus in our immediate future if Nigeria does not officially stop the “vanquished “program against the Igbos who fought the civil war.
You cannot preach unity and indivisibility of the country on TV and all your actions point at discriminating against the components of the country. It is as dangerous as it is foolhardy.
Let those who preach unity walk the talk and stop open discrimination of their countrymen. History has shown that you cannot decree peace. You cannot decree unity. You cannot force any group to belong to a country by force, it may work for a time. But never sustainable.
Nigeria has a lot to look forward to as a united country. It also has enough for the regions and nations that make up the country. Our diversity is a blessing.
Our failure to reach our potential is caused mostly by the internal contradictions and the inability to build a fair country that can bring out the best out of her component regions. Those who shout most about loving Nigeria today are mostly that its current unfair structure favor. The Eastern Seaports
Nigeria will continue being as strong as its weakest link. And the weak links are all there to see. The East is one of the weakest links. Until it stops being a weak link, Nigeria cannot truly make progress.
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