The United States Committee on Inter-religious Freedom indicted the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
This was made known by a member of Lower Niger Congress, Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya in an exclusive interview with ElombahNews.
Dr. Iroanaya forwarded details of the US report to ElombahNews and deflated claims by IPOB that they worked for the Executive Order by American President, Donald Trump.
President Trump had in June, 2020 signed an executive order to promote religious freedom overseas. The report listed Nigeria as a country of interest that was blacklisted for persecuting Christians in the country.
IPOB and Kanu has claimed credit for the indictment, but while speaking on Elombah Television on Sunday , Dr. Iroanaya said that his group (Lower Niger Congress) worked with their partners to ensure that Nigeria is included in the Executive Order to promote religious Freedom.
He said, “I want you to fact check, this whole thing is about protecting Christians ( Executive order). It is mainly inter-religious freedom. They released the report country by country and when it came to Nigeria, they identified some organisations persecuting Christians, that United States Committee on Inter-religious Freedom report indicted some organisations for persecuting Christians.
“Do you know one of the organizations that was indicted in that report , IPOB! I don’t want to go into details because , it is going to open a can of worms,” Iroanya said.
Speaking on Nigeria’s “deplorable” situation, he said the problem with Nigeria started in 1966 when the Military took over.
He said, “Nigeria is undoubtedly at a cross road, it all started in 1966, when the Military took over, with all the things that happened especially Decree 14 of Gowon in 1967 that abolished regions, that is where all the problems of the country started, since then, things have gone from bad to worse, from fry pan to fire.
“The whole situation became very chaotic, the country is lopsided, you have a constitution that says there will be no state religion, but at the same time, there is another section that is exclusively reserved for the sharia system.
“Nigeria is a ranking member of OIC.
“The 1999 constitution which centralized everything is anti-development there have to be an agreement to a union, the rules that govern that Union, let us tell ourselves the truth, if we conduct a referendum today, can we beat our chest that all the ethnic nationalities will want to stay in Nigeria as a nation, that they want to be in the lopsided union, where it is only the Northerner, an Hausa Fulani that are qualified to be the EFCC chairman.
“It is only in the Northern part of this country that we have 95 percent of military Institutions till date.
“They started with what they call the quota system whereby if a child scores 3 percent for federal institution examination, that child will be qualified while the one that scored 70 percent or 80 percent from Southern part of the country will not be qualified.
“This started in the 60s and the 70s, do we not suppose that the quota system will have a time frame for the quota system? It is not sustainable.”
Speaking about unstable power supply in the Nigeria, Dr. Iroanaya said Nigeria has the sixth largest gas in the world .
He told ElombahNews, “what is Electricity for goodness sake? Nigeria has the sixth largest gas in the world, all you need to do is to get the gas, scrub it and compress it and sent it to a turbine, it is as simple as that, when things are left in the hand of Federal government it is not going to work.
“When you look at these things you will see that Nigeria is really at a cross roads.”
When asked whether Nigeria should be a union, he said, “we need to ask that question, in fact that is fundamental, that is where we should start – should we be a in a Union?
“Must we all be in a Union? If yes, let those who don’t want to be in that Union go their way.
“If we will be in a union, under what terms and conditions? Are we going to be in a union of equal partners or are we going to be in Union of Master and slaves relationship?
“So that is the situation, I totally agree that Nigeria is at 100 percent cross road.
“When we are operating a regional system, we performed better than when we have centralised system.
“Restructuring is not going to help us at all because at the end of the day, we are going to have Omnibus federal government, we are still going to have somebody at the center.
“Any restructuring you are going to do must be subjected to constitution amendment. The greatest thing anyone can do is to lie to himself.
“You cannot do anything that is against the interred of the North, they are waiting for you at the section 9 of the Constitution.
“The best option is for us to dismember and go on our several ways, by the way who is even afraid of forming their own country. We don’t need a big population to be a super power, it is not about population.
“There are countries that are smaller in population, they are like paradise compare to Nigeria.
“I am for total dismemberment. We don’t have a common value system. The way to do so it is through a referendum. It is doable through referendum.
“If people say they want a referendum, there is nothing anybody can do about that. It is not a question of begging government, it is the people that are going to demand for it.”
He said that without the Coronavirus pandemic, the Lower Niger Congress has perfected plans to unveil its agenda on referendum and everything is going to work out in matter of weeks.
Our Sources; Elombah.com