Imo-born United States based veteran journalist, Shedrack Ikwuagwu, has blamed the federal government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari for the rising Insecurity in the Country, adding that if the government had done the needful, in terms of tackling insecurity and addressing unemployment the Country won’t be on fire.He opined that those agitating for a separate state of Biafra ought to sheathe their sword to avoid a repeat of what he said, happened between 1967 and 1970 when the country was enmeshed in a bitter civil war.
Ikwuagwu while briefing newsmen in Owerri, weekend, reminded that the process or achieving a separate, independent slate or country was not a “coffee and tea” thing.
He equally differed with the leaders of the Biafra agitation on the viability of the live states of the South East as a separate entity.
While noting that foremost nationalist and first Nigeria President. Late Nnamdi Azikiwe squandered the chances of the Igbo and other ethnic nationalities to go their separate ways before independence, Ikwuagwu hinted that the possibility of Biafra state in the present time has become even more complicated.
He knocked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the situation of things in the country presently.
He further wondered which system of government that the country was presently running, insisting that it was anything but federalism.
Ikwuagwu advocated immediate reforms in the system including total overhauling of the electoral system and local government. He also expressed dismay over the apex court decision on Imo governorship election of 2019 that ousted then governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, opining that the judiciary was not helping matters.
The 83-year-old who was a dogged journalist in his hay days, charged media practitioners to live up to their professional calling and not be intimidated as according to him, no profession is bigger or superior to the other. He recalled that in their days as newsmen, they practiced without fear, and were the beginning of wisdom for those in public offices.
Ikwuagwu thanked God for preserving his life amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the United States where he resides. While equally expressing gratitude to God that the situation was much better at home in Nigeria unlike the U.S he said, was the epicenter of the pandemic.
The octogenarian described the past administration of Rochas Okorocha as “a setback to Imo”, even as he opined that Ihedioha as then governor held more prospects for Imo people.