2014 Conference report, best document for restructuring the country

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Hon Linus Okorie

The report of the 2014 Conference, with more than 600 resolutions, remains the best document in addressing the widespread agitation of groups and ethnic nationalities complaining of neglect and marginalization in the country.

 

Hon Linus Okorie

A MEMBER of the House of Representatives, Hon. Linus Okorie has described the 2014 national conference report as the nearest perfect document for restructuring the country.

Okorie, representing Ohaozara-Onicha-Ivo federal constituency of Ebonyi State, said in Enugu, Monday that a majority of members of the House of Representatives support the call by the Senate for the submission of the report to the National Assembly.

The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions, pointed out that the report of the 2014 Conference, with more than 600 resolutions, remains the best document in addressing the widespread agitation of groups and ethnic nationalities complaining of neglect and marginalization in the country.

Okorie revealed how in 2015 he made moves to sponsor the adoption of the conference report as a private member Bill, “because I wanted to excite attention and focus on that issue.

“I am convinced that irrespective of every political undertone, that conference remains the best to help build a contemporary Nigeria and address the issues that affects us today. It addresses such problems of ethnicity, insecurity and more importantly, the restructuring of the country. We can’t wish away the need to restructure Nigeria.

“The issue of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the South East goes to show the need to address alleged feelings of marginalization by a people who feel left out in country.

“The story of Boko Haram with its religious undertone, militancy in the South-South also goes to the issue of showing how a deprived group can rally to agitate under any guise because they are not seeing development around them.

“In the South West, there is the quiet agitation for an Odu’a Kingdom under the guise that they have not got as much as they believe they should get. The problems are the same everywhere, even in the Middle Belt with the attendant threat of breaking up Nigeria.

“Therefore, we need to address these issues through restructuring in a way that Nigerians can feel comfortable to address their fears and accept that other parts of the country mean well for them.

“These agitations across the country will continue unless these issues are addressed. Today, we have the document, the 2014 conference report, which has the ingredients to guide us through the mine field of thorny questions threatening and holding the nation down.”

The lawmaker pointed out if the report is officially sent to the National Assembly and becomes an issue of deliberation, more Nigerians will have the opportunity to participate in the debate for restructuring.”

 

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