‘We demand a new constitution, more states’ – Igbos declare
Leaders from the South Eastern part of the country have made some fresh demands of more states fr the south east as well as a new constitution for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The gathering blamed the economic disparity amongst the various ethnic groups in the country as the sole cause of the current insecurity and political agitations across the country.
Speaking at the event, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Chukwuma Soludo who presented Ndigbo’s position said the Igbos demand a constitutional conference backed by law, enacted by the National Assembly, where the people of Nigeria will agree on a new, truly federal constitution.
“We demand a new constitution. We demand a constitutional conference backed by law, enacted by the National Assembly, where the people of Nigeria will agree on a new, truly federal constitution. A constituent assembly should be formed to agree on a new constitution for a new Nigeria. Such a constitution, the people’s constitution, should be approved by the people of Nigeria through a referendum to give it legitimacy and validity,” he said.
Lending his voice to the conversation, Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano said what the Igbos want is a socio-political arrangement that must ensure a just, fair and equitable federation where all citizens are guaranteed the freedom to be the best they can be and aspire to the highest position in the land, regardless of tribe, culture or religion.
“I have combed the pages of history and our contemporary times. And I boldly declare that I did not find a perfect human society anywhere. Every nation on earth is a work in progress. Citizens of both advanced and developing countries continue to ask their countries hard questions that will lead them to a better federation, a better nation and a better society. And Nigeria cannot be an exception to this rule. So, we must ask Nigeria hard questions too,” he stated.