The Ohanaeze Ndigbo says federal government move to throw open Nigeria border as a new visa policy is laced with hidden agenda to achieving failed RUGA policy.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, in a communique issued on Wednesday in Enugu at the end of its National Executive Council meeting faulted the Federal Government’s visa policy for Africans saying the decision would witness massive and unprecedented entry of foreigners, some with questionable characters, into the country.
The communique which was signed by President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, also appealed to Federal Government to dismantle all the checkpoints mounted in several parts of Southern Nigeria by security agencies to extort and humiliate the section of the country, just as it condemned the attack on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, an Igbo son by the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The statement read in part, “The apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has, in the interest of the security of Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to rescind its decision to throw open the borders of the country to immigrants without visas.
“The body noted that such unchecked and unregulated influx into the country will further aggravate the security challenges facing the country.”
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo recalled that there has been a deliberate Federal Government policy to concentrate all military armaments and strategic units in the North with the South completely barren of such military presence except checkpoints that have metamorphosed into toll gates for the exploitation of Ndigbo and their Southern neighbours.
“The communique further urged the military authorities to dismantle all the checkpoints along the roads in Igbo land, especially during this period of yuletide with the attendant mass movement of Ndigbo.
They also condemned the recent call by the Chief Justice of the Federation for an amendment of the constitution to include Sharia law at the apex court, adding that in the first instance, Nigeria being a federation is a secular state and cannot have any religion imposed on the country.”
The communique also accused the federal government of siting of military institutions only in the North, contrary to the provisions of extant laws which stipulate that the establishment of such institutions must be balanced.
It further warned the Government against taking the $30bn loan now being debated by the National Assembly, pointing out that generations unborn would pay dearly for the reckless borrowing of current leaders if not jettisoned.