Though this headline is the creation of our production desk, but the original and entire body of this factual account of a meeting of some NYSC members of Igbo extraction with President Buhari’s frontmen, is reproduced as sent to me on Facebook. It gives us a clue of how President Buhari and his henchmen see the Igbo race, and possibly what they have in stock for a major ethnic group in Nigeria. A people whose residency cuts across the entire spectrum of Nigeria. Please read objectively.
If you’re a Nigerian youth, with a heart brimming with joy at the thought of hobnobbing with your President on the same dining table and there, you are singled out from the rest, with a special message to your people back home, one which you were never part of and which at best, represents a sad reminder of the annihilation of your parents and grandparents, would you still go ahead and enjoy your meal or would you feel miserable for the rest of the occasion and probably forever?
That was the lot of some Igbo youths serving in the NYSC in Daura, who were invited alongside their counterparts from other parts of the country. There, in the presence of all, they were singled out and handed the damning message – go back and tell your people that there will never be another Biafra. This was exactly how Garuba Shehu, the President’s spokesman put it.
Now, it didn’t matter to the President that these people were not there for Biafra, but to enjoy with their President. Now, it did not matter to the President that these young lads and gals were just having fun and may not have anything to do with Biafran agitation.
He just had to use every opportunity to tell them how their people were conquered and would never rise again. Yet, some people will swear that Buhari has no special place for Ndigbo in his heart.