Democracy Day: What Ohanaeze told Buhari to do for Igbos

The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Uche Okwukwu, has urged the Federal Government to look into other injustices meted out to various groups in the country, especially the Igbo as part of reflections on yesterday’s Democracy Day in Nigeria.

He also identified the festering issue of abandoned property after the Nigerian civil war and creation of additional state for the South East as two sore points in national polity that deserved immediate attention.

Okwukwu, who spoke to Daily Sun, said: “The injustices meted out to Ndigbo deserve to be addressed. Some visible ones like the abandoned property need to be addressed. It’s not late to say sorry over certain things that had happened.

“Igbo deserve six states in the South East, just like you have six states in other regions with seven in the North West.

“At least, we deserve six states to be at par with the other four-five regions. It’s unfair that when you talk about senators, the South East produces only 15 while every other region in Nigeria produces 18.

“This also affects the number of House of Representatives seats that we have. So, I think it’s important that all practical steps are taken to create an additional state in the South East.”

He described June 12 as a time of restitution and congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, MKO Abiola family and entire Nigerians on its commemoration of Democracy Day.