Nwodo enjoined the Igbo people outside their home states to respect the culture of their host communities and be guided by the laws of the land.
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, has cautioned Nigerians against any form of discrimination against the Igbo, saying the country belongs to all ethnic nationalities in the country.
Nwodo said the present composition of the country allows free participation of all ethnic groups in the political and social activities, hence, the need for Igbo to be given adequate opportunity to participate in political activities where ever they live within the country.
Speaking at this year’s Igbo Cultural Day celebration in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Nwodo observed that the Igbo ethnic nationality is the most marginalised ethnic group in the country.
The Ohanaeze leader said the Igbo should be allowed to hold political positions in any part of the state they find themselves.
He said: “As a student in the University of Ibadan, I contested the post of the President of the students union and I defeated a Yoruba man. Despite being an Igbo, I enjoyed the support of the Yoruba who were majority of the students.”
“I expect the same thing to happen in the larger society. I look forward to a country where an Igbo man will contest and win elections in Ondo or Osun State. And a Yoruba man will contest and win election in Imo or Enugu State.”
Nwodo also enjoined the Igbo people outside their home states to respect the culture and traditions of their host communities and be guided by the laws of the land.
He lauded the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for creating an enabling environment for the Igbo to live and do their businesses, saying the support given to the Igbo is unprecedented.
Also, he stressed the need for business collaboration between the state and the Igbo, adding that the Igbo are ready to partner Akeredolu to drive the economy of the state forward.
In his remarks, Governor Akeredolu solicited the support of the Igbo ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Akeredolu, specifically, called on the Igbo living in the state to support his administration in his desire to transform the state and turn it to economic hub of the nation.
Similarly, former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko, called on the Igbo to ensure they support credible candidates with good antecedents in next year’s general elections.
Mimiko, who is contesting for the Ondo Central Senatorial District election, on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party, said the Igbo hold vital position in the country and urged them to ensure they vote wisely during the forthcoming elections.
Describing the Igbo ethnic nationality as an indefatigable force in the country, Governor Akeredolu, who said the Igbo are lovers of good governance and democracy, assured his administration will not discriminate against them.
He said the Igbo living in the state benefit from programmes of his government, adding that many of them are given contracts like their Yoruba counterparts.
The governor said the Igbo have the right to enjoy the rights and privileges being enjoyed by the Yoruba in the state.
Also, he advised the Igbo to remain committed to the course of advancing the economic frontiers of the state, promising that his government will continue to partner them for the progress of the state. (The Sun)
by Jasmine Stone
Lucas Hartong, a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands, has asked the European Parliament to cancel South African Airways’ landing rights in Europe over its anti-white hiring laws.
Speaking to 2oceansvibe Media this morning, Mr Hartong confirmed that he had made the submission and that he felt that the practice was backward.
Even though SAA this week confirmed that they had rectified the glitch on their website that had prevented cadet applications from white males, the airline’s stance is that they are actively implementing “requirements to meet statutory transformation targets. [Meaning] that in recruiting, the airline has to ensure that the demographics of its employees match closely those of the country as a whole. This is in line with the employment equity definition which includes white females.”
White male applications will only be considered where there are no other possible candidates from other demographic backgrounds.
More than 18 years after Apartheid, discriminatory policies are still a legacy that South Africa lives with on a day-to-day basis, and this was the reason for Hartong’s submission.
Hartong is a member of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, and the party is considered to be somewhat right-wing in its political stance, however, Hartong raised some important points in his questions addressed to Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton.
Loosely translated, this is what Hartong had to say:
Written question to Commission and High Commissioner (rule 117)
South African Airlines (SAA) discriminates against whites in an interview for the position of pilot. 1) 2). The PVV is deeply concerned about this discrimination. MEP Lucas Hartong: “Discrimination on the basis of colour or descent was so very wrong. Europe rightly fought against apartheid, but must now at least as firmly oppose this new form of apartheid!”
South Africa receives many tens of millions of euros of EU development aid.
The PVV parliamentary questions the following:
- Do you think this policy or measure of SAA is in accordance with the European fight against (racial) discrimination?
- Does SAA in any way receive grants from EU institutions, eg indirectly through the annual financial development assistance that South Africa receives from the EU budget?
- Is it possible to cancel SAA’s landing rights in Europe until SAA has aligned its policy with internationally accepted protocols on (racial) discrimination policy?
- Is Ms Ashton prepared to immediately question SAA and its management to account for this flagrant violation of the right to equal treatment?
Here’s an extract from his original submission:
Maybe one day we’ll all just be able to get along.
News that a passenger was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines plane has gone viral all over the world, but in China the outrage has been fueled by one uncomfortable fact: The doctor who was pulled off the plane, first screaming and then bleeding, appeared to be of Asian origin, and was overhead complaining that this might have been a factor in his treatment.“He said, more or less, ‘I’m being selected because I’m Chinese,’” fellow passenger Tyler Bridges was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.
That quote, translated into Chinese, was widely circulated on social media here.
By early afternoon on Tuesday, the topic had attracted 85 million readers on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, and 56,000 comments, making it comfortably the top trending item of the day. Petitions to boycott United Airlines were also going viral on WeChat, a popular messaging service.
“United Airlines just randomly chose an Asian? It’s blatant racial discrimination,” a user called @Rhando_hiclarie wrote in a typical post. “UA is super rubbish.”
Some users pointed out the irony of United’s motto: “Fly the friendly skies,” but many saw incident as an example of American hypocrisy, and what one user called “a perfect illustration” of human rights in the United States.
“I am going to tell you a joke: ‘America is the country with the best human rights in the World,’” one user called @Youthliteratureandart wrote in a post that attracted more than 4,000 likes.
“Americans often say they have democracy and human rights, but they can’t even respect people who have different skin colors,” @Nanchigirl wrote.
“Americans are so barbarous,” @_tua wrote. “Overbooking is the airline company’s own problem. This passenger didn’t break the law. The security guy beat him until his face is covered in blood, is this the so-called American democratic society?”
Chinese-born comedian Joe Wong urged his followers to join the boycott of United.
“Many Chinese people feel they’ve been subject to discrimination, but (fear of losing) face prevents them from speaking out, which leads to mainstream media in the West and the public not taking discrimination against Asians seriously,” he said.
Others made similar points.
“Why don’t you randomly choose a black person?” another user asked in a post that attracted 1,294 likes, implying an Asian was an easier target for racial discrimination than an African-American.
The calls for a boycott in China could have a real impact on the company’s bottom line: as the Financial Times pointed out, United has often billed itself as the top American carrier to China, and offers direct flights from the United States to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an.