The Police recruitment and Igbo leaders
Sir: I pity the Igbo man, especially the present and future generation of Igbo.They are doomed if the present crop of so-called leaders continue to superintend over them. The recent recruitment of 10000 police officers in Nigeria where the South East got the least number, has shown how precarious Ndigbo are in an unstructured and deformed Nigeria.
That they still have 97 local governments and five states in a country everything is shared on the basis of local government and states is a permanent injury to them. That they have very indifferent leaders are all levels who cannot lift their fingers and protest the inveterated injustices against them is the greatest tragedy of the century.
How many Igbo leaders and representatives at least spoke or shouted when the police recruitment was being done? What did the Ohanaeze do? What did Igbo political leaders do? Afenifere at least shouted and it is on record. Why have Ndigbo come to this level?
Even the state of ex-president Jonathan with its eight local governments was terribly shoved aside in the exercise. And yet Kano state with its 44 local governments got more than half number of recruits the entire Igboland got. What a wicked policy? Abia State alone produced the same number of graduates as the entire North.
What will the millions of graduates from Igboland do in the face of this implanted blockage against them. Why was merit more than any other factor not used for the recruitment exercise? Can one see why it is difficult to blame the Igbo youth agitators whose opportunity in Nigeria is stymied by deliberate state policy? It is a tragedy of immeasurable proportion. And Ohanaeze Ndigbo is busy pursuing insular and irrelevant issues that border on their personal instead of group advancements.
• Chuks Ibegbu, Public Affairs analyst wrote from Umuawa Alaocha Ohuhua in Umuahia North LGA Of Abia State.
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