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How Uzodinma's Request For Civil War Compensation From FG For South-East Is Lopsided

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma a few days ago called for the institution of a special fund by the Federal Government to reimburse the population of the South-East over the vast devastations they experienced from the 30-month Civil War.

According to the governor, the special fund would give succour to those whose family members and properties were lost during the war.

Uzodinma made this statement at the zonal intercourse session with factors of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RAMFAC, he asserted that the tragedies of the civil war steered the South-East into intense poverty as lives and property were misplaced, hence the need for them to be reimbursed.

The 30- month civil war, he explained, abandoned the South-East in beggary. Nonetheless, the governor’s proposal has attracted different reactions from various quarters.

Lopsided Nature Of Uzodinma's Civil War Compensation Demand

The Governor of Imo State's move to ask for compensation for the South East after the😭 Civil war is laudable and it shows he has his people at heart. However, we can say that this demand is lopsided. The fact that the South East suffered a great deal from the scourge of war, doesn't rule out the fact that other regions were also affected by the War. The South-South region for example had its fair share of the War, this is because of the Oil factor.

Recall that within a year, the Federal Government armies enclosed Biafra, invaded coastal oil facilities, and the city of Port Harcourt which is in the S/South region.

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Also, during the two and half years of the war, there were about 100,000 overall military casualties, these military were not just native to the South East, they're from other regions of the country particularly from the North as reported by Wikipedia.

So if Hope Uzodinma is asking for compensation, every other region, and state including Rivers State will be asking for the same compensation, since they were all affected by the war in one way or another.

The writer opines that, although the Igbo mislaid a lot during the war which also harshly impeded their development, it is not the sort of palliatives pursued by Governor Hope Uzodinma that the Igbos or southeast need. Such demand or compensation cannot unravel the problems of Nigeria nor enrich the Igbo condition in Nigeria today.

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