Ohanaeze boss wants ethnic nationalities parley on 2014 conference report

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President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo

Now that The President is fully recovered and back to work, he will address the situation by constituting a nationwide conversation of all ethnic nationalities to look into the 2014 National Conference report and the trending views on this subject matter

 

Nigerian lawmakers in the Green Chamber

ONCE again, the hopes of Nigeria in surviving the present challenges debilitating its growth as a nation been pinned on a major restructuring of the polity.

The latest affirmation was made Wednesday by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo in a speech he made at Chatham House, London, as part of a series of discussions on Next Generation Nigeria: Accountability and National Cohesion at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Stated Nwodo: “The only hope for change in Nigeria today is the rising call for restructuring pioneered by the Southern Leadership Forum, supported lately by ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former (military) President Ibrahim Babangida and leaders of the Middle Belt including Dan Suleiman and Prof. Jerry Gana.”

He however expects that in addressing the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari will constitute a nationwide conversation of all ethnic nationalities to look into the report of the 2014 National Conference “so as to come up with a consensus proposal that the national and state assemblies will be persuaded to adopt.”

he said: “Our expectation is that now that our President is fully recovered and back to work, he will address the situation by constituting a nationwide conversation of all ethnic nationalities to look into the 2014 National Conference report and the trending views on this subject matter so as to come up with a consensus proposal that the national and state assemblies will be persuaded to adopt.”

Nwodo insists that, “to continue to neglect a resolution of this impasse will spell doom for our dear country.”

Tracing the nation’s constitutional problems to the suspension by the military of the 1963 constitution, and the imposition of the military-authored constitutions of 1979 and 1998/99, he stated that “our present constitution is not autochthonous. It was not written by the people of Nigeria.

“It was not approved in a national referendum. In jurisprudence, its effectiveness will score a very low grade on account of its unacceptability.

“Regrettably, it continues to hold sway and begins with a false proclamation, “We the People of Nigeria….”

“Our present constitution was written at a time of unprecedented increase in national revenue following the massive discovery of oil in Nigeria and the global reliance on it as a source of fuel for machines.

“It had as its centerpiece, the distribution of national revenue and national offices using states and local governments as units for division.

“It constructed a federation in name but a unitary government in practice following the pattern enunciated in 1966 from the inception of military administration in Nigeria.”

The Ohanaeze chieftain also blamed the poor state of the economy to the failure of the government to embrace restructuring.

He pointed out that “the restructuring of Nigeria into smaller and independent federating units and the devolution of powers to these federating units to control exclusively their human capital development, mineral resources, agriculture and power is the only way to salvage our fledgling economy. Restructuring will devote attention to the new wealth areas, promote competition and productivity as the new federating units struggle to survive.”

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