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Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader, says the south-east region is the most disadvantaged geopolitical zone in Nigeria.
Clark spoke while addressing stakeholders at the south-south zonal conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Friday.
The conference organised by Agape Birthrights, founded by the Ankio Brigs, in partnership with Savanna Centre, was themed “Restructuring: Imperatives for Sustainable Development, Unity and Security”.
According to Clark, the presence of five states in the south-east is a form of “injustice” when compared to the six states in other geopolitical zones and seven states in the north-west.
He said the south-east zone has been a victim of inequality .
“South-east geopolitical zone has five states, while other zones, the south-south, the south-west, the north-central, the north-east, have six states each. In fact, the north-west has seven states, what injustice against a people,” he said.
“Look at the northernisation policy going on in the country. Appointments are skewed in favour of the north, in total disregard to the feelings of other areas. Key positions in the ministries, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, customs, police, you name it, are all given to northerners.