A sociopolitical organization, Ndigbo United Youth Forum (NUYF), has protested the exclusion of the southeast in President Muhammadu Buhari’s newly approved five federal universities, describing the Federal Government’s action as another display of disregard for equity and fairness.
The Igbo forum, in a statement by its National leader, Mazi Nnaemeka Akachukwu, and made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, opined that “total disregard for the welfare and feelings of the Igbo region, political exclusion of the Igbo man and economic suppression of the southeast region when all round inclusiveness of all the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria is in dire need for reconciliation, peace and progress”.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the establishment of federal universities in Jigawa (North West), Abuja (North Central) Bauchi (North East) Osun (South West) and Akwa Ibom (South South).
No approval was given for any to be established in the South-East zone.
The NUYF in the statement, maintained that “the Buhari-led government has continued to sideline and alienate the region in a provocative manner coupled with his open disregard for the sensibility and sensitivity of the Igbo man.
“What this current administration is doing to the psyche of an average Igbo person, is certainly worse than what we were subjected to, during the 30 months orchestrated genocide that the world is still labelling a civil war.
“It’s on verifiable records, how this administration has both actively and passively worked against Igbo interest – non-inclusion of the South-East region in most of her socioeconomic planning, and blatant discrimination against Ndigbo in key national appointments.
“Muhammadu Buhari has never appointed any Igbo person from the South-East in any of his key security positions, he has also uttered very reckless and ‘un-presidential’ remarks against Ndigbo, viz, 5%, Dot people, genocidal threats that pitched him against Twitter etc”.