Pan-Igbo sociopolitical pressure group, South East Revival Group (SERG), has knocked Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over recent comments purportedly against Igbo, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate has already lost the support of Ndigbo in the forthcoming election.
SERG described the “soaked sliced bread” statement by Tinubu as taking deep-seated hatred for the Igbo too far, adding that the words were beyond mere insult, as some would be made to believe.
A signed statement, yesterday, by National President, Chief Willy Ezugwu, quoted the presidential flag bearer as saying: “Until Bola Tinubu becomes the president of Nigeria, we will not give you but a soaked sliced bread.”
The statement reads: “The insinuation that Igbo will languish in longer marginalisation unless Tinubu becomes president is an acknowledgement that the APC deliberately schemed out the South East region since 2015.
“Tinubu’s comments represent refreshed version of President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that he would not treat the South East equally with the North that voted for him.
“These comments by the APC presidential candidate are an expression of the party’s disdain for the South East region.
“Recall that several sources have revealed that in build up to the APC presidential primary election, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as an aspirant, boycotted South East delegates of his party, saying campaigning in the South East was a waste of time.
“True to his words, he never wasted his time reaching out to his party’s delegates in the region, yet they voted massively for him, either by hook or by crook.”
SERG noted further: “He is taking his disregard for the South East too far. When his anointed Governor, Babajide Raji Fashola, deported Igbo from Lagos State and dumped them at the Onitsha Bridge Head in the middle of the night, where was Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu?
“When his ally and the Oba of Lagos threatened Igbo would drown in the lagoon if they voted against his preferred candidate, where was Tinubu’s voice as a democrat?
“A Tinubu presidency will be a disaster, as he has continued to exhibit the distinguishing characteristics of not only a civilian dictator but also a religious bigot masquerading as a liberal Muslim.
“His choice of a Muslim running mate is a deliberate expression of his real self, as having no regard for Christians. And now, he blew the final whistle that signalled the climax of his hatred for the South East region.
“We also monitored a report indicating that Tinubu’s hatred for the South East also rubbed off on the traditional institution, as some highly embarrassed Enugu traditional rulers, led by State Chairman of Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzo, were snubbed, disrespected and insulted by the APC presidential candidate after waiting several hours for his arrival.
“Can Tinubu openly snub an Oba in the South West or an Emir in the North?”