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Who Marginalised The South East? by Onyemadonald(m): 11:56am On Jun 24, 2021
South East started well politically in Nigeria and it was a region set on a path of political Prosperity especially after the demise of Lagos Man and Founder of NCNC Hubert Macaulay when the mantle of NCNC Leadership fell on Azikiwe. Unfortunately, the attempt by Owelle of Onitsha to become the Premier of Western Region cracked the party.

The SW Members thought Zik should have allowed a Yoruba man Lead the Yorubas since an Igbo man was leading the South East and Hausa Fulani leading the North. The Yorubas voted for Awolowo's New Party and NCNC became Minority. Zik could not accept the Minority role as the only way he could serve the SW, in his opinion, was to be her Premier. So, he went to the East and became the Premier. EQUATION BALANCED.

After the 1959 Federal Elections, Awolowo offered ZIK a PM position in the proposed coalition but Zik preferred to become a Ceremonial President in the NPC coalition as he was still angry with Awolowo who didn't allow him, a Owelle of Onitsha, become the Premier of Western Region.

The NPC-NCNC Coalition favoured the South East in terms of juicy appointments, in fact, under Balewa, SE occupied the highest office even in the military and Balewa was very comfortable with it. But in 1963, the coalition had collapsed in principle due majorly to greed and both NPC and NCNC looked to the West to get another partner. SW was torn into Two. Akintola struck a deal with Bello and that deal won the 1965 Elections.

Unfortunately, those who lost the election used their military strength over other regions. They eliminated all the political leaders of other regions who won the 1965 elections and claimed that the leaders of their own region escaped. Alas!!!!! This was the first political disaster in Nigeria.

The Topmost military officer from Abia took over and all the military officers who participated in the 1966 murder relocated to their region for safety. Then, the military officers from the bereaved regions demanded justice from the commander in chief but instead of getting justice, Ironsi repealed the 1963 Republican Constitution and promulgated a decree which turned Nigeria to a Unitary State where all powers belong to the center.

This is like adding salt to an open injury. And when appointments were totally skewed to the Region of CinC, so much that Unilag and UI VCs were from his region, the North resisted such arrangement for ABU. Another bloody brouhaha ensued!

Same 1966, There was a revenge of the first coup which the coupists claimed was due to the injustice they got from Ironsi over the killers of their leaders and also the introduction of unitary system. Ironsi and his volunteering host in Ibadan were eliminated and Gowon, a Plateau man led Nigeria.

1n 1967, another revenge by the first coupists led to what was termed as Nigeria civil war where no winner eventually emerged even after 3 million people were dead. Sad!!!! Bitter politics!

But opportunity came for the SE in 1979 when Zik presented himself as Presidential Candidate but Ekwueme wanted to be VP under NPN and Ojukwu later endorsed Ekwueme's decision and joined NPN too. Zik lost. In 1993, Ojukwu told Babajide Kolade-otitoju during an interview that he preferred Sylvester Ugoh his Biafra Central Bank Governor being VP of Tofa to MKO Abiola being the President and the SE voted against MKO but MKO won courtesy of the North and West Alliance as initiated by Akintola and Bello.

Again, a rich Oguta Politician called Nzeribe procured overnight injunction which later led to the annulment of Abiola's election and of course ALL other activities that led to Abiola's death had their roots from that injunction. Like 1966 like 1993.

In 2003, Ekwueme had the best chance of getting the PDP ticket but was scuttled in the last minute by PDP internal politics. However, in 2003 and 2007, a great opportunity arrived for SE to pass a referendum even if they couldn't win the general election. Ojukwu the man who they professed to love so much formed a political party APGA and he was the Presidential candidate.

Sadly, Ojukwu lost in the SE massively to the PDP and old man was disappointed till he left. Even in both years(2003 & 2007) GMB also picked two prominent SE sons, SE never voted for them, they voted PDP who they knew would better the lot of their pockets. Unlike the SW who ensured Awolowo, MKO, Falae won their region, SE marginalised itself!!! Charity was crushed at home but accusing fingers were pointed abroad. Even when GMB was losing election, he was winning his region.

In 2011, SE adopted GEJ as their son and gave him the name Ebele. Indeed GEJ was a SE Government. Everything called appointments favoured them but just like 1959, all these only enriched powerful individuals, nothing to show in the region itself. Rich SE Personalities are always fast to claim they developed other people's regions but blame the FG for not developing their own regions. Lol.

During Jonathan's reign, SE were in the forefront of One Nigeria song, their beloved was Nigeria. Even Nnamdi Kanu did a video to hail Nigeria. Pockets were filled to the brim, stealing was removed from corruption and life was at its best, yet the region was backward in terms of basic infrastructures but no one cares.

A Miracle happened in 2015, GMB defeated Ebele. This was the beginning of another deadly agitation. All those who were doing videos to hail Nigeria started calling her ZUU and all sorts of name, they started talking about appointments. The appointments Balewa gave them, that GEJ gave them that didn't turn their region to paradise.

Buhari developed SE more that ANY GOVERNMENT in the history of Nigeria put together. He is building bridges, constructing roads, he paid pensions to Biafra Soldiers from the SE who waged war against Nigeria. He constructed Mausoleum for Zik. He built Enugu International Airport etc, even the businesses of SE Folks like Air Peace and Innoson Motors gain tremendous momentum!!!! But this beautiful era is now the period where career political opportunists see as their most sidelined era.

They were calling the tribe of the President names that cannot be mentioned on Facebook Community yet they wanted to be VP again in 2019 to another man from the President's tribe, what a confusion?

SE need to face reality of Democracy and jettison hate. When you place individual benefits above collective gains, you will be attacking yourself without knowing as we see in IPOB and ESN. If you destroyed the few infrastructures in your region because you want Buhari to give you juicy appointments, know that those who will benefit from the juicy appointments will never use their loots to reconstruct your region.

STOP MARGINALISING YOURSELVES.

Written by Ayekooto Akindele
Re: Who Marginalised The South East? by jetwonder(m): 12:30pm On Jun 24, 2021
Nice Write-up! But U Failed To Understand That We In South-south Would Never Accept To Be Called S E! Goodluck Is From S S Not S E. Ogirin Of Nigerian Problem Today Is Traced To That Igbo Selfish Coup. That Igbo Coup Is The Course Of All Todays Nigerian Problem.
Re: Who Marginalised The South East? by Read4rmthend: 12:58pm On Jun 24, 2021
jetwonder:
Nice Write-up! But U Failed To Understand That We In South-south Would Never Accept To Be Called S E! Goodluck Is From S S Not S E. Ogirin Of Nigerian Problem Today Is Traced To That Igbo Selfish Coup. That Igbo Coup Is The Course Of All Todays Nigerian Problem.

you mean the SS coup, cause delta state is SS
Re: Who Marginalised The South East? by Naajjii: 1:47pm On Jun 24, 2021
They are the root of the problems Nigeria is into today ,now they are crying of marginalization and injustice. They wanted to Dominate other region and it backfired because they don't know how to rule. How can they kill leaders of other region and let theirs go free because they were leading the military then. Their people were jubilating that Igbo were dominating.

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