Published on Aug 18, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
Chairman of the Anambra State Elders’ Advisory Council, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Nigeria Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme and other Igbo leaders have justified the reasons for the agitation of some Igbo youths, including Nnamd Kanu, for the creartion of a Biafran republic out of the greater Nigeria, and called on the government to immediately address such reasons.
In a communiqué issued by the leaders today, Friday, after a meeting to deliberate on the present state of affairs in the country, including in particular, the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state scheduled for 18th November 2017, the elders stressed that the country is currently showing signs of a failed state.
The Igbo elders made it clear that the root cause of the under-performance of Nigeria state is the transformation of the country’s structure of governance from the true federalism carefully negotiated and agreed in the 1960/63 constitutions by the country’s founding fathers to the effectively unitary structure which arose from the prolonged period of military intervention in the government of the country.
“That there is urgent need to arresting this national drift through a restructuring government architecture by returning to a true federalism based on fewer and more viable federating units
The Igbo elders expressed conviction that restructuring will usher in greater national cohesion and a more united country where all the citizens in the component regions can pursue their self-fulfilments with equity and fairness.
The communiqué, which was signed by Chief Anyaoku, Dr. Ekueme, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor, Anambra State and Dr. Tim Menakaya, former Minister of Health read thus:
Members of the Anambra State Elders Council deliberated at length on the present state of affairs in our country, Nigeria, including in particular, the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state scheduled for 18th November 2017, and unanimously reach the following conclusions:
In the case of Biafra induced by both perceived failure to heal the wound of the civil war and continuing marginalisation of the South East zone by the federal government, and in other cases induced by a strong conviction that the present governance structure and performance of the federal government constitute a great obstacle to the development and self-fulfilment of their people.
We call on the federal government, particularly the Executive and Legislative to urgently take steps to initiate the process of restructuring.
Signed by their Excellencies
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, CFR
Chairman, Anambra State Elders’ Advisory Council
Dr Alex Ekwueme, GCON
Former Vice President
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CON
Former Governor, Anambra State.
Dr. Tim Menakaya, OFR
Former Minister of Health.
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