Show justice, equity, fairness to all in public policy – Ohanaeze Ndigbo to FG
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has maintained the need for the presidency to embrace equity, justice and fairness in public policy formulations and execution.
The group stated that the concerted effort to hunt down the Kanus and the Igbohos without addressing the basis of the agitation was an effort in futility, adding that, otherwise, many other Kanus and Igbohos would, sooner than later, emerge.
In a statement issued on Monday, the national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, stated that the various forms of agitation in Nigeria were the effects, and not the causes, in themselves of the obvious injustice in federal government policies.
According to Ohanaeze, “the question on every mouth of Nigerians is whether they can apply similar zeal in treating the Boko Haram kingpins, Fulani herdsmen the North West bandits.”
They, therefore, stated that “the concerted effort in search of the Kanus and the Igbohos, without addressing the basis of the agitations, is an effort in futility. Otherwise, other Kanus and Igbohos will, sooner than later, emerge.
“We recall that Chief Sunday Igboho emerged in the scene because he could not endure the prolonged daily menace of Fulani herdsmen in Yoruba localities. The herdsmen would kill, maim and rape women at random. All entreaties to the presidency for swift action against the AK-47-wielding herdsmen appeared to fall on deaf ears.
“Then Igboho, in a patriotic heroic zeal, intervened to save the rural farmers, women and children from it.
“On the other hand, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, who wittingly or unwittingly, are now seen as heroes by their people, are but the products of unjust society.
“There is no gainsaying the military operations against the Boko Haram in the North East of Nigeria but the rate at which the herdsmen destroy farm crops, attack villages, kill the indigenes and forcefully occupy their ancestral lands is most callous, unconscionable and condemnable. This is where the intervention of the presidency is most needed and, of course, the Igboho paradox.