Tension rose in Igboland on Friday with thousands of people protesting and blocking the popular Onitsha bridge in Anambra State and saying that Nigeria is unfair to the Igbo and Biafraland could bring healing justice to a tribe terribly discriminated against.
Since the end in 1970 of Nigeria’s civil war that left about a million Igbo people dead in the country’s southeast when the Igbo tried to break away from Nigeria following a failed coup and killings of Igbo in northern Nigeria, Igbo people have not really felt accepted by other tribes, especially the Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba tribes in northern and southwestern Nigeria.
For 45 years, since the end of that war that lasted three years, there has not been a President from Igboland and deep anger has made Nigeria’s unity illusionary.
The rise of President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani man from Katsina State who defeated Goodluck Jonathan, a man a little bit closer to the Igbo tribe, and who added Azikiwe to his public name after election victory in 2011 to appeal to more Igbo even though he is from Niger Delta, angered many Igbo and especially after federal appointments by Buhari dashed the hopes that Nigeria was for all tribes.
The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu of London-based “Radio Biafra”, an activist radio station calling for the end of Igbo slavery within Nigeria, has made things even worse. Many have called for his release.
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