Recently, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, warned that all those fanning the embers of disunity in Nigeria would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land. The Acting President’s statement has attracted reactions from several Nigerians cutting across ethnic divides. Eze Dr. Alex Anozie, the Ezendigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state, who also doubles as the Vice President, Ezendigbo in Diaspora(South) has joined the growing list of Nigerians who have reacted to prof Osinbajo’s statement. In this interview with Federationews2day, Eze Dr. Anozie insists that the Igbos, who are the first among the tribes that love Nigeria most, would be ready to live in a united Nigeria devoid of injustice, corruption and killings . Excerpts :
The Acting President has stated that those found to be threatening innocent Nigerians and sponsoring disunity would be dealt with by security agencies. What is your reaction to this statement ?
It is a good initiative, the Acting President is doing very well, God has bestowed him with wisdom. This issue is very fragile, delicate and sensitive and it must be handled very cautiously. I praise him for that courage he has, in coming out bold in making that statement. Be that as it may, I still want to say that the truth is bitter, but let all of us be bold to say the truth. All these agitations coming up from different parts of the country, there are reasons for it, injustice, deceit, corruption and killings, here and there, lives and property are no longer secure, militancy here and there, kidnapping here and there. Igbo people think that if they are on their own, they might be able to arrange things, the way it would be more suitable for them and they would live in peace, lives and property would be secure. The crime rate would reduce, they are thinking that, may be, in their own separate entity, they would be able to manage all these areas and live in peace. They may be wrong and they may be right. Igbos are the section of the country that love Nigeria more than every other tribal grouping in Nigeria. And that is why they are investing everywhere they find themselves. Igbos are all over the country. This is a straightforward statement, that Igbos have confidence in Nigeria and that Igbos love Nigeria. If they do not love Nigeria, if they are not committed to one Nigeria, they would not have been investing. There is no other tribe that is scattered all over the country, like the Igbos, there is no other tribe that is investing all over the country, like the Igbos. In the North, Igbos’ properties are in trillions, in the South West, Igbos’ properties are in trillions. If they do not have confidence in Nigeria would they have been investing in that manner ? They would have been going to the South East to invest. So, that is the number one reason why everybody should be able to agree with the Igbos, that they love Nigeria. The only thing Igbos hate about Nigeria is injustice, marginalization, lack of equity, corruption and killings, life has lost value completely in Nigeria. Human beings are killed like mosquitoes everywhere and the Igbos have much value for life. There is no hope that there would be a stop to these happenings, the Igbos are not happy about this. The Igbos are desperately in need of peace and security. If they are assured today, that all these social vices, all over the place would stop, Igbos are very willing and ready to continue with one Nigeria. Yes, injustice must stop, indiscriminate killings of human being must stop. The 2014 national conference started and ended with an agreement reached by Nigerians. Now, the Government has refused to make use of the report of the conference Why ? After the conference, a section of the country came out to say that they do not believe in the conference. This was exactly the same thing that happened before the civil war. It was one of the things that resulted in the civil war. Before the civil war, agreement was reached and signed, at Aburi in Ghana, by the representatives of both sides. But surprisingly, when they got back home,in Nigeria after 48 hours, the agreement was swept under the carpet. Had it been the Aburi agreement was implemented, we would not have fought the civil war and several lives would not have been lost on both sides. The same issue has been given another name, restructuring. Everyone is now talking of restructuring. For how long shall we continue to deceive each other ? Is it not better we tell each other the bitter truth ? Had it been justice had been reigning in Nigeria, had it been fair play, truth, equity and the fear of God had been in place in Nigeria, there would not be need for all these agitations everywhere. Nobody wants to leave Nigeria, Nigeria is a beautiful country, no doubt about that, there is strength in our diversity, no doubt about that, but the truth is that injustice with impunity is in this country, but if the Igbos are assured that all these vices would be no more, I am sure they would have a change of mind.