Acting under the aegis of the World Igbo Congress, the Igbo leaders, according to a statement by its chairman, Joe Eto, on Wednesday, said one of the issues that would be discussed included the ‘marginalisation of the Igbo by the Buhari-led administration’.
The statement said previous meetings of the congress had been held in the United States of America, adding that prominent scholars from the South-West zone would participate in the meeting.
Eto said a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Chukwuma Soludo; Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof Pat Utomi; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; a former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi; oil magnate, Arthur Eze; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, were among the personalities expected at the meeting.
The statement said, “The chaotic Buhari government and its visible policy of the non-inclusion of the Igbo in administration is causing unbearable discomfort among the Igbo, particularly the youths who cannot get jobs.
“The time is very ripe for a summit in Nigeria to discuss with the Igbo leadership and the despondent masses in order to chart a way out of the quagmire.”
Eto said, “Biafra is not going to die. Like every other denied agitation for self-determination, Biafra will, at least, remain on the minds of those who seek self-determination.
“Inflicting suppressive and repressive policies on the Igbo in Nigeria will continue to trigger the demand for self-rule. It is really the Nigerian government’s prerogative to have one Nigeria where all components of the nation are treated as equal partners.”