Fuel scarcity designed to impoverish Igbo — Ohanaeze

Ohanaeze president John Nwodo

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, has accused the Federal Government of engineering the current fuel scarcity to impoverish Igbo people.

The 9th Ohanaeze leader said this in his Christmas message on Saturday.

Nwodo advised Igbo to use the Christmas period to pray for peace in the country and not to “forget to bring back their wealth to their homeland.”

He stressed that Christmas provided a good opportunity for Ndigbo to pray more to God to send succour to alleviate their sufferings in the country.

He said the fuel scarcity had discouraged Igbo from travelling to the South-East to celebrate the yuletide.

“They (FG) know that at this period in the year, Ndigbo people travel a lot to their homeland. That’s when the government chose to close our airport, that’s when they allow fuel shortage; this is very unfair and insensitive.

“It’s a deliberate policy of impoverishing our people to ensure that whatever wealth our sons and daughters bring home during Christmas is expended on fuel, leaving none for investment,” the former minister of information and culture said.

The 65-year-old warned that any deliberate policy to undermine the economy of Ndigbo would affect the entire country heavily.

He urged Ndigbo not to allow the hardship caused by the “anti-people policy” of the current administration to discourage them.

“The unfolding events in the country, especially as it relates to Ndigbo, since this administration came to power, underscores the imperatives for our people to think about home in their wealth generation,” Nwodo added.