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CATHOLIC bishop of Umuahia, Abia State, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, has condemned the Federal Government for treating Igbo as enemies of the nation they helped to build. Ugorji Rev. Ugorji, who spoke  during the Igbo Civil Society Coalition symposium in Enugu, said that Igbo are regarded as rebels to be crushed while the grievances that sparked the antagonism  and war are yet to be addressed. He disclosed that Igbo have been  stigmatized  and have become easy target of national hatred, opprobrium and victims of countless riots and massacre for no just cause. “Since after the civil war, the people occupying the geo-political space known as South East have been treated as enemies of the country they built. “Decades after  the civil war, the war in other forms is still raging without tackling the  grievances that caused the  war”, he said. Condemning the killing of harmless Igbo youths agitating for restructuring of the country and marginalisation of the zone, the representative of  the Bishop, Rev. Fr. Francis Nwaiwu said that agitation is one aspect of passing information to government especially in a democratic system of government. Ugorji pointed out that years of injustice, inequality, corruption and impunity led the country through a phase that is marked by tension, agitations and general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. “There were agitations which indeed heightened tension in the country. These agitations bordered on discrimination and marginalisation based on the purported imbalance in the country. There were calls for restructuring and even secession. Our country is a democratic government where agitations are part of the process”, he disclosed. Lamenting how Igbo are constantly hounded, humiliated, abused and taken for granted in the contraption called Nigeria, he blamed Igbo leaders for not  coming together to fight for a  common cause. “We have at this time, no leader, prophet, prince, sacrifice, oblation, incense, no place where we can state our problems and win favour at federal level,” Ugorji noted. He also lamented  the  brutality unleashed to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s house at Afaraukwu community in Umuahia Abia State by the army.


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