South East Group threatens legal action against FG over $22.7B loan

Amaka Ani, Enugu

The National Coordinator of South-East Response Team (SOREST), Comrade Aku Obinna on Wednesday, June 25 said his organisation would exhaust all alternatives against the President Muhammadu Buhari for marginalising South East of Nigeria.

Briefing journalists at a Press Conference in Enugu, Aku wondered why it has become a tradition for the APC led federal government to continually and deliberately marginalise and discriminate against Ndi Igbo. He argued that since 2015, it has been one exclusion after another in infrastructure, appointments and other dividends of democracy.

According to him, “We want to draw your attention to the vexatious continuous marginalization and discrimination against the South East people by the President Buhari administration. As we are all aware, shortly after President Buhari was sworn into office for his first tenure, he told the world through a global medium that his government will treat South Easterners who he perceived and still perceives as not to have massively voted for him during Election unfairly.

“South East have been almost excluded and sidelined in the leadership of the country, the brazen and unchecked extortions of the the South Easterners by the several Federal security outfits road checkpoints and the high number of unaddressed extral judicial killings during peaceful protest.

“Mr President has commenced an action which we see as the height of marginalization and discrimination of his government against the South Easterners. This is the exclusion of the zone from benefiting from the current projects in the twenty two billion, seven hundred million dollars ( $22.7B) loan which the Federal Government is sourcing from several international lending institutions.

“We wish to reiterate our call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the parliament and international creditors to immediately put a hold to this transaction. South East zone should be captured in this project. Unless that is done, SOREST will be bound to take every necessary legal steps towards ensuring that the loan is not accessed”, he said.

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