….reveals why FG is silence on Nnamdi’s release
The apex Igbo socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has grumbled over Senator Godswill Akpabio’s remarks and comments during the Senate session where Senator Osita Izunaso moved a motion for the Senate to interfere with the situation in the Southeast, and the Senate President’s response can be seen as a slap in the faces of the Southeast Governors and a wake-up call for them for several reasons.
First and foremost, by blaming the Southeast Governors for their negligence to end the civil disobedience order in the region, Akpabio is essentially shifting the responsibility to them instead of acknowledging the root causes of the unrest. It is important to recognize that civil disobedience arises from deep-seated grievances and dissatisfaction within a people. Instead of addressing these underlying issues, Akpabio chooses to taunt the governors, reminding them of their authority and dismissing their efforts as defective to fix the situation.
Secondly, Akpabio’s comment that the failures of the Southeast Governors have accorded Simon Ekpa the status of the real governor of the Southeast is not only unmannered but also undermines the legitimacy and authority of the elected governors. It suggests that the governors have lost control and that an individual from Finland holds more power and influence over the region. This not only diminishes the efforts of the governors to restore peace but also undermines the democratic process and the principles of governance.
Furthermore, Akpabio’s remarks can be interpreted as a wake-up call to the Southeast Governors. By highlighting the perceived failures of the governors and pointing out the influence of an individual agitator, he may be urging them to take a more proactive and effective approach in addressing the concerns and grievances of the people in the region. It serves as a reminder that the governors have a responsibility to govern and protect the interests of their constituents, and that they should prioritize finding political solutions to the ongoing issues rather than relying on Federal Government to end up the Sit at Home and civil disobedience orders.
Senator Godswill Akpabio’s statement regarding the Southeast Governors provides insight into the mindset of the APC-led Federal Government and its nonchalant approach to the issues in the region. It also sheds light on the pressure faced by President Bola Tinubu, not to employ political solutions to free Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
The rejection of political solutions by the Nigerian Senate, particularly in the face of Southeast Senators, has reinforced our suspicions that the Federal Government’s silence on the insecurity challenges in the Southeast is deliberate. This silence can be interpreted as a message to the Ndigbo, implying that they should find their own homemade solutions to the problem.
In this context, the warning issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Igbo socio-cultural organization, to Southeast political elites planning to seek President Tinubu’s assistance becomes relevant. Ohanaeze Ndigbo asserts that such efforts would be in vain, as the Federal Government does not appear inclined to offer political solutions or intervene in the region’s challenges.
Senator Akpabio’s message to the Southeast Governors and Senators, which can be considered a call for them to return home and resolve the issues, aligns with Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s stance. It suggests that the responsibility for addressing the collapse of law and order in the Southeast lies with the local leadership, repeatedly Ohanaeze Ndigbo has informed that Southeast Governors that there are available homemade solutions to resolve the issue but they are busy with alternative plans . Akpabio’s statement indirectly emphasizes the need for Southeast Governors to adopt a more proactive approach in dealing with the challenges, rather than relying on external assistance.
This situation has further justified Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s position that President Tinubu should declare a state of emergency in any Southeast state where there is a collapse of law and order. This would serve as a lesson to the Governors, encouraging them to be more proactive and take decisive action to restore peace and security within their respective states.
In summary, Senator Akpabio’s statement offers an insight into the mindset of the APC-led Federal Government regarding the Southeast Governors and their role in resolving the region’s challenges. It supports the suspicion that the Federal Government prefers the Southeast to find its own solutions and that President Bola Tinubu is under pressure not to employ political solutions to free Nnamdi Kanu. The statements also reinforce Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s position on the need for proactive measures to address the insecurity issues in the Southeast.Also Senator Godswill Akpabio’s comments can be considered a slap in the face of the Southeast Governors and Yet, it can also be seen as a wake-up call for the governors to take a more proactive and effective approach in resolving the issues in the region.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide