Before now, it would lead to a debate anywhere it is stated that the Igbos are marginalized from the Nigerian government, but the Buhari Administration has made it clear to everyone that this marginalization is not only present, it is systematically planned too. It has become so obvious that even a Northerner can admit now that the Igbos are indeed politically marginalized. The only thing they do now is try to make you understand that the Igbos cannot be trusted with holding any of the most important political offices in Nigeria, because of the Biafran War of 1967 and the still-existing will of the Igbos to secede; because of these the people that are always in Government have shaped the road to getting to the most important political offices in Nigeria to be difficult for anyone who is Igbo. I call this the systemic marginalization because it has gone beyond the doings of the Northerners, who are the major benefactors of the continual togetherness of Nigeria and would not like any part of the country going away, and became what the almost every politician in government must support and never talk or act against. This is explains why you don’t hear a person in government talk about how the Igbos are almost not present in the central government.
In this current administration, the North takes up at least 60% of the political offices at the central when the offices of election and appointment are added together, when the offices of appointment (that is done by the president) are considered alone, the North would have at least 85% of the offices. The remaining small percentages are shared amongst the sides of the South with the South-East taking almost as little irrelevant. This is intentional, and this administration is expressive of the intentions and the actions that reduce the presence of the Igbo people in the central government. Also, a system has been built to promote these intentions and initiate or damage any Igbo politician who tries to move against the intentions and actions to reduce the presence of the Igbo people in the central government; any Igbo person in government as we speak cannot be in support of any Biafran activity or any move to fight against the fact that we do not have enough Igbos in the central government. The Igbo persons that are in government right now, central or state level, have either been initiated to being one of the oppressors of the Igbo nation or they are working under the fears that they would be damaged should they do anything to counter this obvious reduction of Igbos at the central.
As a boy, what I always heard people talk about to be the solution to the political marginalization of the Igbos are things like “the Igbos should be more active in politics instead of everyone running towards business”, they said this because the Igbo people were largely apolitical. But fast forward to after President Olusegun Obasanjo had spent two administrations in government and the Igbos were everywhere in the central government more than any administration and regimes in Nigeria, it becomes unreasonable to say we don’t have enough Igbos in partisan politics; the Obasanjo Administration helped the Igbos understand why they cannot solve their problems with economic powers alone, they need political powers, and also helped them realize they have the same political rights as the other peoples of the country. Which is why we have more Igbos in partisan politics now. Only that this was the solution to political marginalization of the Igbos about two decades ago, this time, the political marginalization has taken another trend and a large number of Igbos in politics cannot solve this new trend, a new solution is needed.
Their being in politics is not enough to solve the political marginalization of the Igbos, the Igbos need to commonly really know the people that are going into the states government and the people representing them at the federal legislatures and make sure that the same communal values they have established from centuries ago which can still check an Igbo person that is not even in Nigeria and might not be coming back to Nigeria ever are practiced with the people they let go in government, it is only through this that they can help their representatives and governors be not initiated into oppressing their own people or subdued by threats that they cannot act against the obvious political marginalization of their people. At this time, any other of the peoples of Nigeria can afford to send just any money-driven person in their government, the Igbos cannot afford this; it would end up weakening the urge for change and the fight for the right to be in government too. My point is: the Igbo people cannot be electing fake and weak people in the government of their states and federal legislatures, they need politically and socially strong people. The Igbos need a lot of the like of Bola Tinubu; this means they have to intentionally grow strong people from home with mass support; people so strong they are above the law too and are stakeholders in the economy of Nigeria (having many billionaires in the economy of Nigeria does not amount to having stake holders in the economy of Nigeria). Through this, polical powers can be earned.
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