Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, owner Champion Newspapersuany
Frontline politician and member Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has accused the natives of Borno State of conspiring with Boko Haram in the kidnap of the 234 students of the Girls Secondary School, Chibok Borno State.
Speaking at the 2014 annual conference of the Institute of Mass Communication and Information Management of Nigeria, INIM, held at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Iwuanyanwu said it was difficult to believe that there was no collaboration by the local people that enabled the abductors to leave with the girls unnoticed.
“People went and collected over 200 girls and nobody saw that. It’s not possible. There must be a conspiracy. I mean it’s very difficult to convince me there is no collusion and collaboration by local people”, he said.
He called for Nigerians to forget about politics and unite against the Boko Haram insurgency, saying “let us forget about politics at this moment and achieve peace to avoid a break up of this nation. If this country breaks, it will be like Yugoslavia”.
Iwuanyanwu stated that Nigeria is the hope of Africa and that if the country is gone, Africa would be in serious trouble.
He said anybody who is serious about Nigeria should allow cultural differences existing in the country to reflect in the constitution and even in sharing formula.
Iwuanyanwu, who received award as a Fellow of the INIM alongside elder statesman, Chief Bob Ogbuagu, attributed most of the crises in the world— 1st and 2nd World War, Nigeria Civil War, etc— to poor communication.
According to him, most of the wars that had devastated many countries of the world could have been managed and avoided if there was adequate communication.
He said in the case of the Nigerian Civil War, it was as a result of bad and lopsided press.
“In 1966, young military officers plotted a coup and removed the civilian government then. But because most of the people in the military then were of the Eastern descent, the press controlled by the West then turned the situation against the Igbo and said it was an Igbo coup.
“This continued unchallenged because there was no newspaper owned by an Igbo to put the record straight and the story was believed by the North, who started retaliation. There could have been no civil war if any Igbo had a newspaper at that time to portray the true position of the situation”, he said, disclosing that that experience motivated him to establish Champion Newspapers.