Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu (Anglican Church), Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has declared that no one can stop the ongoing struggle for justice and equity by the Ndigbo through pro-Biafra agitators.
He said that the struggle was not aimed at the break-up of Nigeria, but a quest for the correction of the maltreatment of the Igbo by successive administrations in the country.
The eminent cleric lamented that the plight of Igbo had become worse under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In an interview with The AUTHORITY, Dr. Chukwuma, whose province covers Enugu and and Ebonyi States, asserted that none of the appointments made by President Buhari from the South East zone has the power to fix the Second Niger Bridge and Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
He stated that Ndigbo were yet to have a presence in Buhari’s administration and urged the Federal Government to release detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to douse tension in the South East and other parts of the country.
Archbishop Chukwuma declared his support for Biafra agitators to fight for their rights and equitable distribution of Nigeria’s wealth.
The cleric said: “So, what we are agitating for is our right and equity and I support that and we shall fight to the end. The unwarranted detention of Nnamdi Kanu after the court has declared that he has no case to answer is another thing that is heating up the polity which, I think is not fair.
“The earlier they (the Federal Government) releases Kanu to douse tension, the better for Nigeria. The government should be ready for dialogue because we are not operating in a military dictatorship. So, the President should be careful of dictatorship. It will not help this country. We should be more democratic than autocratic if this country is going to move forward. Any government that is not ready for criticisms is not ready for progress. But I believe and hope that people should criticise constructively and the government should be ready to accept it.”
Archbishop Chukwuma continued: “Agitation is not bad but it has to be redirected and guided to put it in a better shape because the Biafra we talk about during the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War is not the type of Biafra we have now. Many of them who talk about Biafra today were not born then to know what the Biafra was.
“We fought and lost the war; we lost properties and lost human beings. Nobody is calling for war now. The only thing we want is for the government to listen to us and give us what belongs to us. The reality of keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done and if we fought the war to keep Nigeria one, what then is our benefit? The Biafra of the moment is saying give us our due; the government is being told to remember us as far as federal presence is concerned.
“Again, I often say that appointment of individuals into positions of authority does not translate into infrastructural development of the people in the area. Appointing individuals as ministers has nothing to do with infrastructural development. What we are saying is that we need the Federal Government’s presence. For example, how many of the people he said he appointed have the capacity and capability to repair the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, the 2nd Niger Bridge, among others. Even the waterways at Onitsha, nothing is happening there. It is a white elephant project because no single ship has ever berthed there. So, one can say there is so much deceit. The Federal Government has not made its presence felt in Igboland,” he said.