An Igbo youth group under the aegis of
Igbo Youth Salvation Movement has perfected plans for a four million people
protest against lawmakers of South East origin for what it termed, ‘stealing in
the name of lawmaking’.
The group gave the lawmakers 2o days to
respond to their demand or face a disgraceful demonstration against them.
Though no date was fixed for the planned
region-wide protest, but in a letter addressed to all the Igbo legislators in
Abuja and made available to journalists, the group accused the lawmakers of working against the interest
of the Igbo people.
In the letter signed by its president,
Comrade Chigozie Enyinnaya and secretary, Comrade Felix Uzoeto, the group said
the lawmakers could not summon the courage to protest against President
Goodluck Jonathan and refusing to do anything meaningful for the South East
that gave him massive votes.
The group called on the lawmakers to
account for their activities in the National Assembly, saying “we need to know
how many youths you have empowered in your constituency, how many industries,
foreign investors you have encouraged or attracted to come and establish in
The group demanded to know the approved
projects that the legislators had carried out, as well as the contractors that
executed the projects and the amount budgeted for the contracts.
The reason for this, it said, was that
all of them converted the money for their constituency projects into their
The youths group however promised to
stand firm with any of them that gave favourable response to their demands.
They warned that failure to respond to
their demands would lead to them petitioning anti-graft agencies to investigate
The group stated they would mobilize
about 4 million people to protest against the lawmakers if they failed to yield
to their demand in all the five states of South East.
They warned no amount of intimidation,
harassment or blackmail would stop them from demanding their constitutional
rights in knowing the whereabouts of the funds allocated for the development of
their various constituencies.
“We are tired of political robbery by
the legislators throughout the South-East region, for a long time in the past,
out constituencies have been fed with rat trap foods, monetary gift and we have
been caught and killed by that gimmicks”, the letter reads in part.
The group continued that the poor
performance of the lawmakers had left the youths in penury with
The youths continued that the poor
performance of the lawmakers had left them in penury with many of them
migrating to the North and getting killed by terrorist just because they were
denied their rights by the lawmakers.
They called on all Igbos to join them to
ensure their representatives become accountable for their constituents.