Ndigbo react to Uzodinma’s civil war compensation request

Attack on Uzodimma’s house, an attack on democracy — APC
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.

•Igbo need justice, not reparation–Abia House Leader

•We don’t believe in the type of palliative suggested—ADF

•Yes, Igbo need compensation for losses from the war— Onuagha

•It is a misplacement of priority—  Abia monarch.

•We need Security of lives and property, not palliative—Ahamba

•He is just saying that for personal aggrandizement—  Enugu monarch

•He should first carry along fellow Govs — CAN

By Anayo Okoli, Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Ugochukwu Alaribe, Chinonso Alozie, Ikechukwu Odu & Steve Oko

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma last week called for the establishment of a special fund by the Federal Government to compensate the people of the South-East over the huge devastations they suffered from the 30-month civil war.

The special fund, according to the governor, would provide succour to those who lost their family members and property during the war. Uzodinma, who spoke at the zonal interaction session with members of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RAMFAC, said that the debacles of the civil war led the South-East into deep poverty as lives and property were lost, hence the need for them to be compensated. The 30- month civil war, he said, left the South-East in penury. However, the governor’s suggestion has attracted divergent reactions from Igbo leaders.

Igbo elite body, Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, said that much as it agreed that Igbo lost a lot during the war which also severely hampered Igbo development, it does not believe in the type of palliatives sought by Governor Hope Uzodinma. ADF described such measure as “fake and lacking in depth,” insisting that such palliative cannot solve the problems of Nigeria nor improve the Igbo condition in Nigeria today.


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