Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Deputy President of Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday in Enugu lamented that the developments that gave rise to agitations for Biafra 50 years ago have returned in full force, but appealed to Ndigbo not to be provoked into â€œarmed struggle no matter the intimidation, harassment and marginalisationâ€.
This came as Igbo leaders who converged in Enugu to mark the World Igbo Congress (WIC) Summit stressed the need for fair and equitable treatment of Ndigbo as bonafide and important component of the Nigerian federation.
Ekweremadu, who spoke at the WIC summit in Enugu, said Ndigbo had become endangered species in a country where they ought to be equal partners.
At the occasion, which held without any of the governors and leadership of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in attendance, the leaders insisted that redressing appointments and projects skewed against Ndigbo by the present administration would check rising agitations.
Ekweremadu, who noted that the National Assembly would always uphold the rights of every part of the nation to equity and fairness, stated that it was worrisome that no Igbo man exists in the commanding heights of the security sector of the country.