A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Anayo Nebe, has decried the level of marginalization Igbos are being subjected to in Nigeria.
Nebe, who is the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Sports, said Nigerians were making South East to believe that it lost in the 1967 to 1970 civil war.
Speaking with Daily Sun, the lawmaker noted that though the then Head of State declared that there was no victor and no vanquished after the civil war, the south east zone was still not being regarded as part of the country.
He said, “Again some think the South-East should be constantly reminded that it lost in the civil war. There is a musician from my place, though now late, who recorded a song about the 3Rs by (Gen. Yakubu) Gowon.
“He sang that Gowon carried out Rehabilitation, Renovation, but the Reconciliation had not been done. And if you quarrel with someone, who you hardly reconciled with and you have the power of sharing amenities, definitely, you will cheat the person who quarreled with.
“The only way you can be fair to the person you quarreled is to reconcile with the person. We talk about forgiving and forgetting, forgetting might be difficult, it is forgiveness that is necessary for fairness and justice, especially in a country like ours. In any case, who should forgive who?
“It’s Igbo people that are aggrieved, or who? You don’t expect us to go cap-in-hand to beg people to forgive us. After the war, we were told: no victor, no vanquished, but events keep showing us that these words are far different from the actions we see.”