By John Ndu 

Awka, May 13, 2021 (MOI) The South East Governors have come under severe criticism by the Human Rights Liberty Access and Defender’s (HURIDE) for failure to appreciate the father of human rights in Nigeria and rights activists Mr Innocent Chukwuma 

The rights group in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial city condemned shoddy treatment meted out to a top rights activist, Mr Chukwuma, who recently passed away in Lagos. 

The group in the statement signed by Dede Uzor A Uzor, the Executive Director, HURIDE said since death of Chukwuma, who hailed from Imo State, no South East Governor, including the Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, condoled with the family and the human rights community in Nigeria. 

“None of them across the the country, even tried to visit his family in Lagos.’’ 

The statement notes: “It is unfortunate that no Igbo elite except a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi visited his family’’. 

“This is at variance with the response of Yoruba political elite over Yinka Odumakin, who thronged his home in droves starting with Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. 

“The South West Governors and other political and economic leaders apart from pouring in messages in torrents also paid their condolence visits to the immediate family.’’ 

The South West Governors, said HURIDE, took it upon themselves to accord Odumakin a befitting burial as well as immortalised him by naming a street after him in his hometown, Ile Ife, Osun State. 

“But for Chukwuma, he was left out as an orphan. That shows you the quality of political and economic class we have in the leadership of the zone.’’ 

The group called on South East Governors , especially Imo State Governor to accord Chukwuma a befitting burial as well as immortalise him by naming a street in Owerri, the Imo State capital after him. 

They said it was not only Governors but National Assembly members, Ministers, political and business leaders, who should show interest in the activities of icons from their zone, especially in the travails of others. 

“It is unfortunate that the elite from the zone have no interest in other people except themselves and the wealthy. 

“They take for granted people, who contribute to the development of the zone in particular and the country at large in other sectors. 

“That is the tragedy of Igbo politics, highly monetised and elitist. That is why we hardly go far in National politics.  “Our leaders have no direct touch with the grassroots,’’ said HURIDE. (MOI)

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