NationalConference: Igbo groups seek six-region federal structure


Thirteen Igbo organisations Tuesday rose from their meeting in Enugu State, insisting that anything short of true federalism built on six regions affirmed at a referendum to throw up a new constitution would mean a failure of the ongoing national conference.

The groups, which reminded Igbo delegates at the national conference that about 50 million Igbo people are monitoring their move, stressed that they must speak out in matters that must reposition the geo-political zone in the affairs of the country at the conference.

In a statement issued after the meeting, they noted that the ongoing bloody campaign by Boko Haram has really redefined Nigeria’s image internationally and jolted Nigerians into a new consciousness, explaining that it has the capacity to either make Nigeria stronger or create fears and distrust.

They agreed, however, that either way, Nigeria would never be the same, when she must have pulled out of her security challenges and called for joint efforts.

Those who signed the statement at the meeting held at the Igbo Youths Movement (IYM) secretariat were representatives of Igbo Leaders of Thought, South-East Elders’ Forum, Igbo Youth Movement, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ohanaeze Overseas Forum, Ohanaeze Youth Alliance, Igbo Traders’ Congress, Igbo Women Assembly, Igbo Students Congress, South-East Professionals, South-East/South-South Alliance, Civil and Human Right Forum and World Igbo Diaspora Congress.

The group commended the military and other security agencies for their sacrifices and commitment to the defence and protection of the country, stressing however, that until moles and Fifth Columnists are identified and dealt with, the battle remains far from being over.

The statement continued: “We note an improved security situation in the South-East but maintain that unemployment remains a time bomb that must be defused before the demons at work in the North-East infect others elsewhere, especially as those who let the dogs out in the North-East have since lost control of the demons they created.

“We condemn, in no uncertain terms, the ugly politics of painting one’s country black in the foreign media, all in the hope of rubbishing our leaders.

“This unkind blackmail is capable of unleashing a hard-to-eradicate bitterness in our body polity. Truth is: this government did not create this Islamist insurgency. “The government has suffered attacks from protectors and sympathisers of Boko Haram, who at one time threatened to drag the head of the Army to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.

“The deliberate attempt to brand the government as weak and inept while pretending to conveniently forget that some people inspired this madness by forcefully attempting to introduce a religious code 14 years ago, is wicked and devilish.

“The Boko Haram boys who were probably teenagers 14 years ago when Sharia Code was launched, are now only trying to help former Governor Sani Yerima of Zamfara State complete what he started in year 2000”.

The group warned desperate politicians, who would rather set the country ablaze in their quest for power, that the sophistication of the younger generation of Nigeria makes it impossible for self-centred manipulators to escape the judgment of history, and the judgment of the masses.

They also condemned the “mindless pillorying of the President and the First Lady” and urged support for his silent revolution to create a new Nigeria for all. is your one-stop online news magazine blog. We report credible information as they happen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get Latest Information.

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