Alleging neglect against the Igbo race in Kano, the leader of the Igbo community in the state,
Eze J.C Nnaji, yesterday descended heavily on Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, accusing him of gross bias against Ndigbo.
Addressing newsmen in his palace, the Igbo leader accused the governor of bias, claiming that Igbos in Kano have suffered more under the administration of Kwankwaso, who, according to him, is being misled into taking some unpopular position on issues affecting the race, especially in the Sabon Gari area of the city populated predominantly by non-natives and non-Muslims.
Apparently disturbed over appalling state of the roads in Sabon Gari, where he claimed Ndigbo constitute about 80 per cent of the population with huge economic investments, Nnaji said the area has suffered serious neglect, adding that it lacks potable water, good road network and other facilities, including health centres required for a standard life.
He noted that by the huge investments of the Igbo community in the state, they have assumed the status of a major stakeholder, pointing out that in the last election, Sabon Gari produced 34, 000 votes, which differentiated the PDP from the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the last election, thus giving Kwankwaso the mandate in the 2011 gubernatorial race.
He traced what he described as disrespect and disregard to the leadership of the Igbo community to what he termed, “his emotional relationship with Chief Boniface Ibekwe, a disputed leader of Ndigbo in Kano, who has been feeding him with tissues of lies, masquerading himself as Eze Ndigbo in Kano.
“Ibekwe is believed to have influenced the appointment of Special Adviser on Igbo matters, who now owes his allegiance to him rather than the community; so, how do you expect things to work for us?, he queried.”
“And so, as far as we are concerned, his recognition of the Ibekwe’s faction is based purely on sentiments, rather than on merit because he claimed to have worked for him during his campaign, which is all false.”
However, the Igbo Community Association in Kano yesterday protested the planned award ceremony scheduled for today in Kano by the Ibekwe faction of the Igbo leadership, warning the prospective awardees against receiving any award from the group “because it is illegal”.
“On no known occasion had Ibekwe been made the custodian of the tradition of Ndigbo in Kano, rather Ndigbo in Kano recognize the traditional leadership of Chief J.C Nnaji, whose throne was blessed by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and the South East Council of Traditional rulers, which has abolished the Eze status for Igbo leaders in Diaspora, preferring them to be called Onye-Ndu Ndigbo