Restructuring, will bring Nigeria to a level where every person of whichever tribe, religion or class would have a sense of belonging and in return give in their best for the development of the country
THE President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural cum political organization of Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has cautioned against speculations linking the South East with a breakup of the country and noted that Ndigbo prefers the restructuring of the country.
In a statement Friday, after meeting with some Igbo leaders and stakeholders in Abuja, Nwodo stated that the Igbo do not consider a breakup as a viable option because “we have more at stake than any other ethnic group.”
Pointing out the huge investments of Ndigbo in every cranny in Nigeria, Nwodo noted that he does not believe that leaving the country is a reasonable option at this time.
Expressing an understanding and sympathy with the agitations of Igbo youths, under the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), he insisted that the any other option besides restructuring will be counterproductive.
Nwodo said that the Igbo leadership at various levels – Ohanaeze, Governors, National Assembly members, traditional rulers and religious leaders – had after discussions opted for restructuring.
Restructuring, he explained, “will bring Nigeria to a level where every person of whichever tribe, religion or class would have a sense of belonging and in return give in their best for the development of the country.”
He said that meanwhile, steps are being taken by Ohanaeze leadership to carry the youths of the region along and ensure that Ndigbo have a common on the way forward for them.
According to him, “equal partnership, equal ownership and level playing ground for all is the right way to go to bring the best in our people and set the country on the path of growth and development.”