“They Miscalculate”: Yerima Reveals Reason Behind Alleged Marginalisation of Southeast as APC Snubs Region


The alleged marginalisation of the southeast by the current government in Nigeria is a major issue at the centre of political debates, as it is believed that the region is being deliberately sidelined.

Southeast politicians have continued to raise concerns over the issue, and groups such as the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) have called for more equity and justice in leadership positions

However, the Arewa Youths President, Shettima Yerima, blamed the southeast for their voting patterns, saying that they always make the same mistakes that cost them opportunities.


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One major issue at the centre of political debates in Nigeria is the alleged marginalization of the southeast by the current All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government.

A controversial statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari had instigated the allegation.

The southeast contributed the least to the votes that brought Buhari in. Thus, many Igbos and other notable Nigerians believe that the region is being deliberately marginalised by the current government.

Several political actors from the zone have continued to cry out over the alleged marginalization of the region.

In 2016, a former Deputy Senate President and now a prisoner in the United Kingdom, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, led a delegation to the president in Aso Rock, pointing out that the Igbos were marginalized by his government. The meeting was held behind closed doors.

After the meeting, the chairman of the Southeast Caucus, Eyinnaya Abaribe told State House correspondents that the region “is far much short-changed at this time than other zones.”

While describing their deliberations with the president as fruitful, Abaribe said Buhari assured them that he would look into all the issues raised.

Despite the meeting, majority of southeast stakeholders believe there was no significant change regarding the president’s deposition on the matter. They believe that to date, the Buhari government, to a large extent, sidelined the southeast.

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