The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has tasked the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, to explain the modalities used by her ministry to determine the distribution of the Covid-19 lockdown palliative.
Nwodo said this in a statement issued by Chief Emeka Attamah, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
He said that the distribution has been shrouded in mystery, and from available information, there is gross imbalance in the three geopolitical zones in the north getting N245.2 billion from the funds, while three zones in the south got a meagre N52.8 billion.
He said that in other climes, this manifest injustice is enough for her to be made to vacate her office.
The President General cited this as another glaring example of lack of equity in the President Buhari administration.
He averred that the distribution of the lockdown palliative is skewed in favour of the north by the declaration that those who have up to #5000 in their bank accounts will not benefit from it, arguing that ownership of that sum does not mitigate the pangs of the lockdown.
Nwodo further observed that it took Covid-19 to accentuate the duplicity in governance in the present administration in the country where the people in the north have been paid five thousand naira monthly for the five years of the administration.
This, he said, is to the exclusion of the neglected and second class citizens of the South. He therefore urged the Federal Government to take steps to redress this obvious injustice to give other parts of the country a sense of belonging.