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Gowon Should Have Allowed Igbos Secede In 1967 Since Thereafter They Have Been Unfairly Treated – Clark

The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, has said that former military dictator Yakubu Gowon should have allowed the Igbo to secede at the outset of the civil war in 1966 in view of the unfair treatment of Igbos since the war ended.

Clark said this during an interview on Arise TV, condemning the concentrating power in the northern region.

The elder statesman called for the region to be treated with a sense of belonging, urging political parties, especially the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, to zone their presidential tickets to a candidate from the South-East.

He said, “My idea of zoning the Presidency to the South-East is well-known. No Nigerian will like to live in a country where certain people believe that they have the only right to lead. The APC believes the 12 million votes by President Muhammadu Buhari might be eroded if it is zoned to the South. The PDP is also considering zoning to the North. This is unfair.

“Nigeria stood on three legs, and it has never been steady since one of the legs was destroyed during the Civil War. I unpacked all these facts in my forthcoming memoir Brutally Frank

Clark stressed that there is no moral justification for keeping people who are not being treated fairly, pointing out that those opposed to a South-East presidency in 2023 are ready to see the end of Nigeria.

“Gowon should have allowed the Igbos to go if they are to be treated as second class citizens. If zoning which will heal the wounds is not done, there will be no Nigeria. Nobody will remain in this country as a second class citizen.

“The North believes their population can be used to oppress other Nigerians. This is not acceptable. The era of that has gone. There are many good Northerners but the Fulani-oriented ones want to dominate everywhere.”

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