The cries of marginalization continues across Nigeria, as the Federal Government intensifies efforts to have a firm grip of Governance. In this interview with Federationews2day, an Igbo leader, who is also the Onyendu Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, High Chief Alloy Obi, says that the South Eats Geo-Political zone of the country has not been treated fairly, in appointments into the board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC). Excerpts :
What is t your reaction to the suit filed by Dr. Olisa Agbakoba against the Federal Government on non inclusion of Igbos in appointments made into the board of the NNPC ?
The issue is very clear, how can there be 15 appointments on the board of the NNPC and no single person from the South East was appointed, 10 are from the North, three from the South West, two from the South-South, it is very bad. This is marginalization. The whole world is watching, do we really belong to this country ? Why can’t they give us our own share of appointments ? Out of 15 appointments, they do not deem it fit to give us just one or two slots. It is very bad, so, I support Dr. Olisa Abakoba for instituting a suit against the Federal Government.
Are you of the belief, that the rule of law and due process exists in Nigeria ?
There is no rule of law i Nigeria. There is nothing like that as far as I am concerned and there is nothing like due process Those at the top don’t respect the law.
What is your position on restructuring ?
Call it whatever name, the fact remains that we have to sit down and talk. Agitations will not stop unless Government does the right thing. People are not having what they are entitled to. I am an apostle of one Nigeria, but the issue of marginalization must be addressed.
Are you comfortable with governance in Nigeria ?
Come 2019, Nigerians should vote out the old brigade, the future of the young one is under threat, if one should go by all that is happening. There a lot of young people, who are competent enough to steer the mantle of leadership. My view is that come 2019, the old people in governance should be voted out. We are blessed in this country, but the problem is bad leadership. Politicians are holding this country to ransom. I commend the wife of the President, Hadjia Aisha Buhari, for exposing the poor state of the Aso rock Villa clinic, Look at what is happening inside the villa clinic, I sorry for this country.
What are your views on the crisis rocking the traditional institution in Ibadan ?
I don’t like what is going on in the Ibadan traditional institution presently. I will appeal to His Imperial Majesty and the Oyo state Government to resolve their differences amicably. We are also part of this state, I have been here for the past 45 years and anything that is going to affect the peace of the state, we must speak out. Everybody must make concerted efforts in sustaining the prevailing peace in the state. The traditional institution should not be desecrated.