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Proselytized Igbo: Denial Of Igbo Identity Amongst The Igbo Of South-South |RN

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By Victor Wilberforce
I coined the word Proselytized – Igbos. Many stopped being Igbo during the Civil war out of fear of genocide and are unable to resume their cultural identity again.
These groups are predominantly found in the South-South and are in each of the 6 SS states. They are usually oil-rich and prefer to be called ethnic nationalities which fits the British/ Federal Government propaganda that Igboland has no oil.
Their resolve to remain minorities despite their actual majority status is strengthened by the fact that they shiver to imagine their group in the deprivation of their brothers in the SE, who are marginalized and viciously maltreated in the scheme of things.
These groups get certain palliatives nay incentives for divorcing themselves from the major Igbo group.
However, like other oil producing ethnicities, their lands are despoiled by oil exploration activities, the people are bereft of tangible developmental indices. Their lands are overwhelmed with despoilation from pipeline bursts. Their major source of living being fishing and farming is disturbed, yet the people cannot complain.
They cannot complain because of the crumbs gave out to their elites. These vocal and selfish elites scramble for everything from their masters’ table so that their families can enjoy the soft life they are used to.
There is a 13% deprivation for these states, ‘magnanimously’ put in the Constitution by General Sani Abacha but this amount is viciously cornered by Nigeria elites in both the Federal and State governments. In the 1963 constitution, the derivation is 50%.
The Ministry of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC are other conduits used to defraud the peoples and governments of the region.
Why the people cannot come together and form a group like South-South Igbo Agitation Group or Agitation for Development of Igbo Oil Producing Areas in the South-South or Niger Delta Igbo Agitation for Development DIAD like the Ijaws have to MEND remains a shock – yet many of the freedom fighters for the upliftment of the Niger Delta are Igbo.
In truth, Igbo groups are the largest producers of oil in Nigeria but it is an anathema and even dangerous to voice this truth in Nigeria. Rivers state produces about 20% of the nation’s oil and over 70% are Igbo groups, Delta state produces 25% of the nations’ oil and about 40% are Igbo. This trend is replicated though in smaller percentages in all the states of the South-South.
Everybody in Nigeria knows that the South-South Igbos are the majority in the Niger Delta. However, when an Ikwerre man like Chibuike Amaechi says he is Igbo, he is termed fake Niger Delta but when he says that he is Ikwerre then he is Original Niger Delta.
Few people in Nigeria today agree that the Aniocha, Ikwerre, Abueto, Oshimili, Ika, Ogba, Ekpeye, Ukwuani, Aboh, Ndoni, Abi, Etchie etc are Igbo, fewer people will agree publicly that Governors Liyel Imoke, Nyesom Wike, Chibuike Amaechi, Peter Odili, Ifeanyichukwu Okowa etc are Igbo but in the secret they know and use it against them.
Gov Peter Odili of Rivers state was denied the Presidency and Vice – Presidency of Nigeria at the behest of Clarke and Nuhu Ribadu because he is Igbo though the position was zoned to the South-South where he comes from.
In as much as a system prevails in Nigeria that encourages people to deny their ethnicities, in as much as there is a system that provides the uneven playing ground for all, in as much as lies are promoted above truths then the Nigeria of our dreams shall remain a mirage.
(Victor Wilberforce is a critical thinker and a social engineer)

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Quit Notice To Yoruba, Northerners In Niger Delta Stands – Militants |RN

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• Threaten to attack oil installations from September 10

From Fred Itua, Abuja

The coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, yesterday, reiterated its quit notice to Yoruba and northerners living in the region.

Besides, the coalition said plans have been concluded to protest disaffection with the current state of affairs in the country.

The protest is scheduled for all niger delta states, from September 12, 2017.

The group declared that it has the backing of over 500 groups for the protest and warned that markets, schools and other public institutions would not be opened from that day.

The militants also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has failed to commission a single road project or improve on the epileptic power situation in the country, among other infrastructure, since its inauguration on May 29, 2015.

The agitators, in a statement which had the endorsement of heads of the groups in the coalition, said they will carry out threats to cripple economic activities in oil-producing states.

Signatories to the statement included General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Major General Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major General Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters);

Major General Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice); Major General Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network); Major General Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate); Major General Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network) and Major General Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta).

Others were Major General Jeremiah Anthony (Movement for Actualisation of Niger Delta Republic); Major Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army) and Colonel Nelson Okochi Walter.

“The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has concluded arrangement for a mass protest. We have concluded plans and have the backing of over 500 groups, and we want to warn everyone that would not be part of the protest to stay indoors, all shops, markets, businesses, schools, parks and companies should remain lock as we cannot guarantee that the protest is going to be peaceful because we shall resist any attempt by security forces to destabilise the protest.

“Our quit notice remains valid, we have not withdrawn it.

“Our attention has been drawn to the publication in some national newspapers of Friday, September 1, 2017, that we, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators mandated one Chief Mike Loyibo of Pan Niger Delta Peoples’ Congress (PNDPC) to withdraw the quit notice on our behalf.

“We want to state here clearly that we did not, at any point in time, appoint or mandate anyone to withdraw any quit notice on our behalf neither did the self-acclaimed leader of PNDPC ever meet with us or our representative to discuss any matter relating to quitting notice. 

“Our quit notice stands… We cannot work with PNDPC or PANDEF. We stand by our previous statements.

“The quit notice we issued to northerners and Yoruba remain valid.

“As a matter of fact, our strike team are already prepared and positioned to start the attack on oil facilities in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017, in preparation for our planned declaration of Niger Delta Republic on October 1, 2017.”  (The Sun)

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