RUGA: South East Leaders Give Uzor-Kalu 48hrs To Apologise To Igbos

RUGA: South East Leaders Give Uzor-Kalu 48hrs To Apologise To Igbos

Abuja – Following his reported support for the creation of the  controversial
Ruga  for Fulani herders settlement in the South East, South East
leaders yesterday gave the former governor of Abia state Chief Orji
Uzor-Kalu 48 hours ultimatum to tender unreserved apologies to the
Igbos people.

The aggrieved leaders also slammed the former governor over his  claim
that marginalisation of the South East was over   under President
Muhammadu  Buhari.

Speaking on behalf of the group at a press conference in Abuja, Hon.
Uche Okoroafor, said “we have given him 48 hours from now to retract
his remarks and apologise to our people or face the wrath of the

The leaders claimed that the former governor has become a willing tool
in the hands of “those who are championing the continued
marginalization of the South East.”

They challenged the Igbos to rise up against Chief Kalu and his pay
masters, who the group alleged are desperate to forcefully convert
part of Igbo land for Fulani herders.

Chief Kalu was reported to have justified the Ruga policy of the
federal government describing the widespread controversy over the
policy as “unnecessary.”

Recall that Chief  Kalu had told journalists during an interactive
session in Abuja on Friday how he donated large hectares of land in
the state to Fulani cow dealers while he was in office 1999 _ 2007.

He claimed that he and other Igbos are also involved on “cow business.”

Berating Chief Kalu, the Igbo leaders described his support for the
proposed controversial Ruga policy as unfortunate, and another display
of betrayal, hatred, and insult of the Igbo nation by the former governor.

“How can a self-acclaimed Igbo leader dismiss the brazen
marginalization of the South East as untrue.

“We are not surprised by the many anti-Igbo remarks by the former
governor and we have always seen him as a drowning man who is very
desperate to do anything to free himself from the N 7.6 billion fraud
allegation hanging on his neck.

“His reported support for Ruga against the wish of our people has
further vindicated us in our earlier position that the former governor
was insensitive to the plight of the Igbos and should stop parading
himself as Igbo leader.

“We are aware the former governor is already discussing with his pay
masters on how to convince the South East governors to donate land for
Fulani settlement in the zone.

“He’s doing everything possible to please the powers that be to
intervene in his long-delayed trial over the N7.6billion as well as in
the ongoing hearing on a petition challenging his electoral Victory in
the last National Assembly election.

“We state here that such electoral fraud that brought chief Kalu to
the Senate cannot stand and we believe the judiciary as the last hope
for the common man will help right this brazen injustice,” the group

The leaders also described as an unfortunate claim by the former governor
that the South East states have so far benefitted more from the
present administration than any other past regime.

It was reported that the former governor had said that “President
Muhammadu Buhari in spite of the alleged lopsidedness of appointments being
attached to his government, has done more for the South Eastern
geo-political zone than any other previous governments in terms of
projects execution.  In terms of project execution in the South East
for example, President Muhammadu Buhari led government is doing
far, far better than the previous ones  consciously voted for by the
people of the area.”

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