Dele Momodu, the publisher of Ovation International, has said the South-East governors are behaving as if they owe President Muhammadu Buhari the whole world.
He said this on Wednesday in an interview with BBC Igbo while explaining reasons why the struggle of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for the region has yet to yield any significant progress.
According to the publisher, the continuous marginalization of the region can be traced to the inability of the political, religious and traditional leaders in voicing out their grievances to the Federal Government.
For the region to regain its rightful place as part and parcel of the nation, the publisher advised that the government should reach out to the people.
He said: “A lot of people initially didn’t want to support IPOB or support Nnamdi Kanu but now, people can see what he is fighting for, so what government needs to do is easy reach out to the people.
“To make matters worse, the so-called leaders and elders in those embattled areas are not even a word.
“With all due respect to the governors and your National Assembly members and your political leaders, your cultural leaders, they are not ready to listen. If they had tried from the beginning to reach out to give support to this man (Kanu), maybe things would’ve been better but now, I see even the governors carrying on as if they owe Buhari the whole world, I don’t know why and that is what is getting Nnamdi Kanu and his pool angry that why are we behaving like slaves.
“Everybody should respect the president of a country, that is fine but that respect should not turn into something else when you begin to act like you have no right to whatsoever in the country called Nigeria.”
Momodu advised the South-East governors to stop worrying about what the Federal Government wants them to do, and urged them to speak up if the government fails to do things for their people.
He said: “I can only advise the governors but I think it’s too late.
“To serve the interest of their people and stop worrying about what the federal government wants them to do, if the government is doing things for your people all well and good, thank you sir, when it is not doing speak up – our people are feeling marginalized, speak up.
“We have people in the state house of assembly, please tell me if you have heard anything from them saying: President Buhari, we are the representatives of our people, we feel aggrieved that we are being harassed, that we are being terrorised on one side by terrorists or the other side by the army of occupation.
“So, has anybody made any attempt, any effort to reach out to these people? They are Nigerians like you and I.” he said.
The Igbos, according to the publisher gave a lot by contributing to the growth of the economy, he asked why are they being treated like third-class citizens.
“The Igbos, they made sure that they give a lot to this country because they contribute so much to the economy of this country, so why are we treating them like third-class citizens,” he asked.