- Ekele Nwaohanmuo dismissed the call for restructuring of Nigeria
- The former commissioner said Igbo presidency will end marginalisation
- He said Igbo people have kept Nigeria united
Ekele Nwaohanmuo who is a former commissioner of youths and development in Abia state has said that only an Igbo presidency will truly address the concern of marginalisation in the country.
In an interview with Vanguard, Nwaohanmuo said the Igbos have faced marginalisation in the country in spite of the fact that they were responsible for the country’s unity.
He noted that the Igbos have invested in all parts of Nigeria and that the country will suffer if they stopped investing outside the south east.
He said: “The Igbo man is the only true Nigerian. There is no part of Nigeria that you won’t see the Igboman settling down to invest and develop his host community. It is only the Igbo man that you can’t trace his origin outside Nigeria. The Hausa and Yoruba have their kits and kin outside Nigeria.
“This is why the Igbo man takes every part of Nigeria as his home. The marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria has been evident. It is clear that there are no go areas for Ndigbo in Nigeria. If an Igbo becomes Nigeria’s president, it will go a long way to address the brazen marginalization of Ndigbo. There is no doubt that only Igbo presidency will fully address the marginalization of the Igbo man in Nigeria.”
He called for the creation of one more state in the southeast for the sake of equity.
The former commissioner also spoke about the issue of restructuring saying what was important was restructuring of the mind.
He said: “What restructuring are they call for? Nigeria doesn’t need restructuring. If you ask me, do you need to ask the National and State Assembly to restructuring the jumbo allowances they enjoy? Look at the volume of money being discovered in some people’s houses and bank accounts?
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“Some people have appropriated what belongs to the public to themselves and family. We only need to restructure our minds. If we restructure our minds, and be patriotic in every sense of it. If the money meant for the people will be used for their interest, this country will be better. No restructuring of the federation will work unless we restructure our minds.”
Meanwhile, Justice Mamman Nasir, chairman, Advisory Council, Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, urged the north not to dismiss the calls for restructuring, as doing so will be dangerous for the country.
NAIJ.com notes that Nasir stressed that the nation was at a crossroads and that the north must find ways to address the challenges Nigeria faces.
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