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Restructuring: Take your case to National Assembley, Northern leaders tells agitators

Image result for nigerian flagStrong denunciation of the collaboration between the Middle Belt and the South came from the core North, yesterday, with a challenge to advocates of the restructuring of the country to use the National Assembly to push their case. In the same vein, the spate of laws by State Houses of Assembly prohibiting open grazing of cattle was flayed in the same quarters as an infringement of the freedom of movement of herdsmen which they affirmed would sooner than later be annulled by the courts. The Northern insistence on the status quo was rebuffed by advocates of restructuring from the Middle Belt and the South who affirmed that Nigeria cannot continue on the present framework which they said was discriminatory and oppressive. Northern leaders, including Tanko Yakasai, Balarabe Musa and Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, spoke in open rebuke of the Southern and Middle Belt leaders who were also accused of lacking the democratic platform to speak. Southern leaders from all three geopolitical zones, last Saturday, took a position with Middle Belt leaders during which they canvassed the immediate restructuring of the country to reflect fiscal federalism, and the prohibition of open grazing among others. Reacting, yesterday, Kano-based elder-statesman Yakassai, who served as adviser on National Assembly Affairs to President Shehu Shagari, in dismissing the collaboration of the South and the Middle Belt said:  “None of them was elected by their people to speak on their behalf. To the extent that this country guarantees freedom of speech, they are entitled to their opinion. “My quarrel with the people who are advocating this restructuring is that they failed to give the details of the restructuring. If Nigeria is restructured, every Nigerian will be affected. So it is incumbent upon anybody who is campaigning for this to spell it out so that Nigerians can look at it. But to just go about shouting slogans without giving the actual details is nonsensical. “Every one of them is represented in the state assemblies or the House of Representatives or the Senate. Every one of them knows that the way to change our Constitution is defined in our Constitution and our Constitution empowers our legislators, federal and state, to change the Constitution the way they deem appropriate. “So I challenge them to sponsor a bill through their elected representatives so that the bill can take its natural course. If the majority support it, it will be implemented. “I don’t know why they are ignoring the democratic institutions that we have? Why can’t they make use of the democratic institutions? Why are they avoiding the legislature? “Why do they think that press conference is a substitute for our elected representatives? In a democracy, you channel your views through your elected representatives if you are serious.” Yakasai responding to the position of the Southern and Middle Belt leaders on the rampage of herdsmen, said:  “The problem of herdsmen has been with us, even long before the British came and there was a process of handling it. If they strayed into your farm and destroyed your crop, usually, the local authorities would get them to compensate the victim. The right to move freely “As long as they are Nigerians, the Constitution of this country has guaranteed their right to move freely. The only thing is that where their livestock stray into other people’s land and damage their crops, they should be made to pay. “Any state assembly that makes a law to stop people from moving their cattle about is attempting to deny people their constitutionally guaranteed rights, and once the matter is taken to court, it will be declared a nullity,” the elder-statesman said. Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who served as governor of Kaduna State at the commencement of the Second Republic, on his part, was dismissive of the gathering. He said: “I have already said enough on this, and I don’t want to waste my time talking on this again. How different are they from those rascally northern youths who gave the southerners the quit ultimatum? How different are they from them, so I don’t want to waste my time.” Tsav, a retired commissioner of Police from Benue State in the Middle Belt, on his part, dismissed the Southern and Middle Belt leaders as opportunists. He said: “They are opportunists because they are trying to create a situation that will benefit them. Their coming together seems as if they want to go into Biafra. “The ordinary man does not know the meaning of restructuring. It is the politicians who are pushing for it. When there is a government that favours them, they don’t do anything but when they are not getting anything they embark on the type of thing they are doing. “I don’t agree with their demands. Some of these people are vying for the Presidency, and they feel they can get supporters from the South by supporting calls for restructuring.” The Yoruba socio-cultural body, Afenifere, which was strongly represented at the Southern-Middle Belt summit in reiterating the call for restructuring, said through its spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin yesterday:  “That call was made by a majority of Nigerians. It behoves on the Federal Government to listen to the requests, so it does not appear to the world that it is serving the minority like the apartheid regime in South Africa. “The polity is so fragile at the moment, and the government must promote inclusiveness to restore some level of confidence.” Mr. Akin Osuntokun, who served as Political Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo in his second term said:  “It is consistent and valid, but I would have wished that the coalition encompasses the whole of Nigeria, including the far North. “The consolation is the weighty and open support and identification of eminent political leaders like Ibrahim Babangida and Atiku Abubakar. Bias, nepotism, and discrimination are inherently built into Nigeria, and until the country is restructured, it will continue to be plagued by this dilemma. “The meaningful solution is devolution and decentralization of power which divests the centre of its oppressive and over-centralized powers.” Mrs. Esther Gonda, a retired permanent secretary in the Federal Civil Service from Plateau State, who was also a member of the 2014 National Conference on her part, said restructuring was inevitable on account of the structural dislocations in the polity. “Restructuring is a positive word, you restructure an organization to make it more efficient, and I think it is time that we did that in this country, given the agitations that are all over the place to look at what needs to be done to make it workable. “Nigerians all over the place are excelling, but for some reasons, as we are configured, there is a lot of vices that are being generated. So it is good to face it squarely and see what we need to do. “During the national conference, we talked about so many of these items, and we know it is time for us to sit down and face our dragon squarely.”

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB can not stop Anambra election—Ohanaeze

Image result for chief nnia nwodo pictures According to a statement signed by Chukwudi Ibegbu, National Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, “President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo  said  nobody will stop the November  18 elelction in Anambra. Nwodo  noted that nobody has the right to tell Anambrarians not to come out and vote for candidates of their choice in the oncoming elections and, therefore, countermanded the ‘no-election’ order by Nnamdi Kanu,the leader of IPOB. We stand for restructuring —Ebonyi Senator, PDP chieftain, others Also, yesterday, some stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State,  reaffirmed the need for the country to be restructured following the current challenges bedevilling it in every sector of the economy. Speaking with newsmen, the Senator representing Ebonyi Central senatorial zone, Senator Obinna Ogba, who expressed dismay that the South-East geopolitical zone does not have a representative in the National Security Council stressed that “we stand for the restructuring of this country. “ How  can the South-East have only five states while other geopolitical zones have more than that? Let me make it clear that no geopolitical zone is superior to the other. The 2014 confab report should be sent to the National Assembly. There is no Igbo man in National Security Council of this country and how do we know when they tell the Igbo to run for their lives. In NNPC, there is no Igbo man there; in EFCC, there is no Igbo man at the top echelon of responsibility.” Also, a PDP chieftain in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike, stated that the APC opposition to the clamour for the restructuring of the nation meant that the party has a hidden agenda. According to him, APC’s stance on the matter was a reflection that they are not ready for peace and unity of the nation. Army’ll  defend sovereignty of Nigeria — Bature Meantime, Commander 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Imo State, Brigade General, Hamza Ibrahim Bature, has said  the Nigeria Army will continue to defend the sovereignty of the country no matter the challenges. Bature disclosed this in Owerri during their clean-up exercise in the state capital, as part of their activities to mark this year’s Army Day celebration, weekend. According to the commander, it was enshrined in the constitution that the Army would not only provide security but also defend the country’s sovereignty. He also described the clean up exercise, which started at 07:30am and ended at 10:45am and, subsequently, the free medical services to the people of Okuku in Owerri West Local Government Area as “a show of commitment and patriotism which the Army has for the country.”

Biafra: South East governors, Ohanaeze, others makes position known

South East leaders and stakeholders have reiterated their commitment to a united Nigeria.

The leaders also backed the call for full restructuring of the country on the platform of fairness and equity.

Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, announced in the early hours of Sunday in Enugu while addressing newsmen on the outcome of an interactive forum of stakeholders.

The meeting which held at the Nike Lake Resort had all governors of the zone in attendance.

Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, said that leaders from the zone condemn all manner of hate speeches from any segment of the country.

He said that they were in consultation with leaders from other parts of the country with a view to engaging the Federal Government in a meaningful dialogue.

He said that the region was in full support of the 2014 National Conference report and urged the Federal Government to set up structures for implementing same within a reasonable time.

“We are also in full support of the clamour for the restructure of the country and call on the Federal Government to start a dialogue with Nigerians on the modalities for achieving it,” he said.

The governor said that the governors’ forum and South East National Assembly caucus would constitute the official organ that would speak for the people of the area.

Umahi appealed to the Federal Government to take steps that would ensure safety of the people of the area wherever they lived in the country “just as we have guaranteed the safety of those in our domain”.

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in an address of welcome charged the people of the area to forge a common front.

The governor said that nothing would please residents of the state than to remember that Enugu was the venue where the people of the zone gathered to resolve their differences.

In attendance were, former Senate Presidents, Ken Nnamani, Adolph Wabara, and the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.

Other were Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Gil Nnaji, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, several members of the House of Representatives, members of the clergy, traditional rulers and the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo

Make your health condition status now, Ohanaeze tells Buhari

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare satus the state of his health which has prevented him from attending to important national issues.

Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President of the Igbo group made this known at a news conference in Enugu on tuesday. Nwodo also described the bail condition for Nnamdi Kanu’s release as “a celebrated example of judicial rascality” and vowed to challenge the action in court. Nwodo further said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo would file an action against the discriminatory appointments so far made by President Buhari  against Ndigbo, as  they were unconstitutional. He said that although Ohanaeze was in support of a similar suit filed by Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, in 2010 , he pointed out that it was only made public now because Agbakoba was recommended by the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in a bid to disqualify and ridicule him. On the recent declaration by some northern elders  led by Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu that  the north would not support restructuring of the country, Nwodo said, those opposed to restructuring were unpatriotic. His words, “Not too long ago, a group of northern elders met in Abuja and through their spokesperson, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu , made very strong views on the national discourse. They first of all distanced themselves from the conclusions  of  the 2014 constitutional  conference describing their treatment at the conference as intimidating and claiming to have been under represented and therefore advised the present Federal Government and the National Assembly not  to  take the conclusions of that conference seriously. They also condemned any suggestion to restructure the federation insisting that our present structure must remain. “Ohanaeze finds these conditions patently unpatriotic, inciting and capable of whipping divisive tendencies in our polity. We do not know how any patriotic person of the immense character and reputation of our leaders at the Abuja meeting will wait for nearly three years to disassociate themselves  from  resolutions  they contributed to, moved motions  on, voted for, had taken seriously we also plead to be excused from the 1979 and 1999 constitutions which were prepared by military governments dominated by northern military officers in which officers from Ohanaeze states had only token representation. “Our federation is totally out of sync with all known definitions of a federation. We have no independence of federating units. Nigeria is a unitary state with too much powers in the federal government and no fiscal independence or responsibility for domestic security in the states. The need for restructuring is so obvious when Kano with 9.5 million people has 44 local governments and Lagos with 9.1 million has 20 local governments… “Some northern leaders in their utterances give the impression that our nation is their conquered territory. God forbid! We should all be joint and equal partners in a common bid to build a united, virile and strong country…” Nwodo further condemned the inability of the Federal Government to end the Fulani herdsmen killing of innocent Nigerians in Kaduna, Benue, Enugu among other states in the South West, South East and Middle Belt states across the country saying that Buhari must order their arrests and prosecution for peace to reign. On railway development, Nwodo said it was “a vote against the South East, North Central and North East” in the country. “The major railway projects by the Federal Government are the Lagos- Kano modernisation, standard gauge rail lines and the Lagos – Ibadan segment is already undoing at the cost $1.231 billion; the Lagos –Kano modernisation standard gauge rail line project which Kano- Kaduna segment alone will cost $1.146 and the Lagos- Calabar Coastal Line will gulp $3.474 billion… “There is absolutely no plan for the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri or the Eastern Rail line which traverses Port Harcourt – Aba- Enugu – Oturkpo- Igumale- Makurdi- Kafanchan – Kuru- Gombe and all the way to Maiduguri…” he said.

(Politics) Why Igbo Will Vote Jonathan —Ohanaeze Leader, Nworgu @Richard

The presidential election, with the two main political parties,Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, and All Progressives Congress,APC, has proved to be one which will be keenly contested by both parties. As things are, no political pundit can beat his chest as to which party will emerge victorious at the polls.

Against this backdrop, the candidates have been falling over themselves to get the endorsement of various socio-cultural groups to boost their chances come March 28. In this interview, the General Secretary of the apex Igbo group,Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Joe Nworgu, speaks on why there is seeming crisis rocking the body even as reveals the reasons behind President Jonathan’s endorsement. Excerpts…

What is the problem with the splinter group, led by Chief Mbazuruike Amaechi, over Ohanaeze leadership?

Their grouse has nothing to do with Ohanaeze leadership. Chief Amaechi is an insider in Ohanaeze. He has been consistent with the workings of Ohanaeze. So he knows the correct position on the tenure issue because he partook in the three meetings that led to the amendment of the Ohanaeze constitution where the tenure was amended from two to four years.

I am talking of the meetings of the Imeobi (the Elders Council) of 14 August,30 October and the General Assembly all in 2010 under the former President General,Chief Ralph Uwechwe. He was an active participant for tenure change from two to four years. So his stance now has nothing to do with Ohanaeze or the interest of Igbo.

The other two characters in their acclaimed Caretaker Committee of Ohanaeze,Ralph Obioha and Zed Chukwujama, are totally outside Ohanaeze. It is true that every Igboman is a member of Ohanaeze. But they have not been active participants in the activities of Ohanaeze. In the last 15 years, I cannot remember of any committee they served Ohanaeze in, apart from the Reparation Committee,which is ad-hoc. That Reparation Committee is where these three people belong to.

President Jonathan

We gave Amaechi the free hand to choose some of the people he wanted to be the committee’s members, with him as Chairman. It was at the meeting leading to the just concluded Confab, that their interest became known. He pressurised us to go to the governors and query why they should be the people to appoint Ohanaeze slots. We said no,we will not confront the governors. It would mean that we are setting out as a divided group. Whoever went there should not be the concern.

We already have the document of what the Igbo people want. We had successfully presented that document to the Advisory Committee Chairman led by Senator Okunrounmu. Every person hailed the content of the document because it contained all the necessary ingredients for the convocation of a National Conference. Amaechi has been very angry because he did not participate in the Confab. We did not want to show division in the Igbo flanks. All the things you hear them say about Ohanaeze is hearsay. What they are saying is from a position of total ignorance.

Now that it is clear that Ohanaeze has endorsed the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, can you tell us the reason behind his adoption?

We endorsed President Jonathan’s re-election. You have to go back to 2010 when we first endorsed him to understand our stance.

The reason for the endorsement then was the presidential election and zoning. Therein, we argued that there are two zones in the federation of six geopolitical zones. The South-South and South-East, which had never occupied the plum seat of the presidency. There are zones in this country which have produced presidents three to four times. We said that it was the turn of those who had not produced, to produce based on equity, justice and fair play.

Since the South-South and South-East were the two zones yet to produce the President, in 2010 we backed the South-South because the oil resources that sustains the country come from them. So they should be allowed to occupy the seat in an unbroken succession. It will equally give room for minority tribes to have a chance of occupying the seat. Based on that,since Jonathan was already a sitting President from the South-South,we said we are going to support him for re-election.

But after the South-South,it will be the turn of the South-East that has never produced a President in an unbroken succession based on equity and fair play. We believe in justice and equality of all zones in the country. That is the reason for his endorsement. This time around, we endorsed him further because he was able to convoke a proper National Conference which no past President has done in the history of the country. Jonathan had the will-power, forthrightness to convoke a proper Confab.

That is one of the legacies his administration has left behind. We want that Confab report implemented. Ohanaeze stands on the implementation of that report. Jonathan in the firmament is the only person that can implement the report because his integrity is tied to it. That is the legacy he must leave as a man of history. He must implement that report.

To us, between the APC candidate and that of PDP,we think Jonathan is more likely to implement it. At the Confab,all political parties had two slots, it was only APC that did not send a representative. Certain zones during the build up did not want the Confab to hold. Their position is nefarious and anti-other zones.

They wanted the status quo to remain which is the cause of all the frictions in the country. The present structure breeds corruption and tension. The Confab addressed all these challenges and there was consensus which is the first step towards building a formidable Nigeria. Based on that, Ndigbo believes in one Nigeria, fair play, justice. Ndigbo think that Jonathan, having convoked the Confab,is in conscience,bound to implement the report.

– Vanguard

(Presidential Poll) Igbo Leaders Warns Against Attack On Igbos In The North @Richard

Prominent lead­ers from the South – east , including tra­ditional rulers, have kicked against what they described as un­necessary attacks on Igbos and their busi­ness interests in many northern states ahead of the tension soaked presidential poll.

Emerging from its 1st National Summit of Ndigbo in Northern Nigeria which was held in Abuja over the weekend, the leaders equal­ly accused the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega of plans to disenfranchise the Igbos, adding that the commission’s boss lacks the credibility to conduct free and fair polls.

Some of the leaders which include former gov­ernor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Eze­ife; President, Council of Traditional Rulers in the Diaspora, Chief Jonah O. Eze-Ekwueme; Coordinat­ing Secretary, South East Peoples Assembly, Dr If­edi Okwenna and other high-ranking traditional rulers, called on the fed­eral government to ensure that Igbos were protected before, during and after the presidential election in the country.

“We urge Ndigbo in Northern Nigeria not to fall to any form of intimidation and manipulation, but to re­main resolute, collect their Permanent Voters Cards and cast their votes accord­ingly to ensure the election of President Jonathan.

The Sun

(Polls) Ohanaeze Endorsement Of Jonathan Is Gross Deceit –Okechukwu

 In his interview recently the Secre­tary General of the Igbo apex body Ohanaeze Ndigbo Dr. Joe Nwaorgu dismissed insinuations of a division in the Igbo body, describing the caretaker committee led by Chief Ralph Obioha as pretenders and members of a drinking club who are disillusioned.

H e also said Ohanaeze endorsed Jonathan because he is the only one of the two major presidential candidates who will implement the National Confab report. “We made input in that report and a lot of Nigerians agreed harmonious­ly, by consensus on the way forward for Nigeria. And between Jonathan and Buhari, Jonathan is the one likely to implement that report.”

In this interview Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the South East spokesperson of the APC joins issues with Nwaorgu insisting that Ohanaeze endorse­ment of Jonathan was on selfish grounds and a gross deceit of Igbo people and cannot be justified.

Excerpts:

Ohanaeze said they endorsed Jonathan because only he would implement the decisions taken at the Confab; do you agree with him?

He is not sincere in the sense that he is self serving and did not consider the collective interest of Ndigbo who reside across the length and breadth of our dear country. Methinks Chief Nwaorgu and his cohorts either did not thoroughly digest the outcome of the confab or sincerely do not appreciate what are the germane or true interest of Ndigbo. Do they have a Check-List of Igbo interest, if yes did they give President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR before endorsing him in 2011? Did they give him before the recent endorsement racket that our elder statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, Chief Ralph Obioha and co are contesting?

One agrees with him that Jonathan convoked the National Conference; one agrees with him that Jonathan is the president but the constitu­tional conference submitted their report months back and President Jonathan has not found the political will to present the findings of that confab to the National Assembly. Nor has our dear president implemented those that did not require constitutional amendment, so who is fooling who?

He has not deemed it necessary to do so; he has not even issued a white paper report on the findings of the report. So for God’s sake what our Secretary-General Joe Nwaorgu is engaged in is wishful thinking. Delusion as he said in his interview and outright falsehood to the Igbo people. And I don’t like people trying to dish out lies to Ndigbo because even the enemies of the Igbos the traducers of the Igbos do not deny our hard work, dexterity and entrepreneurship. No Yoruba man has called an Igbo man a foolish man; no Hausa man has called an Igbo man a foolish man.

Everybody believes on the dexterity, the hard work, the entrepreneurship of the Igbo people. So if a president has convoked a conference and months after the delivery of the report, there is no white paper, no executive bill to the National Assembly for the amendment of the relevant sec­tions, how can you bestow Ndigbo hope on him? And there are also issues of policy; because some of the recommendations do not require constitu­tional amendment. So what one is saying is that the Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Joe Nwaorgu and the President Chief Enwo Igariwey are being less than transparent and should be condemned for being unfaithful to the Igbo cause.

Why do you say so sir?

I say so because I do not want to delve into the issue of whether they have four-year-tenure or two-year tenure because I attended the 9th November meeting of Imeobi meeting of Ohanaeze. I attended the January 3rd where they even made a presenta­tion or what they call the amendment; I don’t want to go into that because I asked the Secretary General “where is the minute notebook that detailed the amendment of that constitution in 2010. They didn’t read any notebook what they showed us is a projector film; I don’t want to go into that Nollywood film. I asked him, I said look; where is the newspaper you published the agree­ment reached to amend the constitution? And where are the copies of the amended constitu­tion you circulated to the general of Ndigbo?

In the Communique along this line which I read was published on 6th November 2010, which stated interalia, ‘the General Assembly resolved as follows, in accordance with article 29 of the Ohaneze Constitution, that amendments should be made, to the constitution to provide that the national and state offices be a one term of four years and the current executive commit­tee shall remain in office till December 2012 as approved by Imeobi on 30th October 2010.’ Is that amendment? But I don’t want to go into that money politics, where I am concerned is about the Confab.

We of the APC noted that the Confab was untimely, political motivated, predetermined to pursue a Jonathan agenda. That Jonathan as a wise PhD holder is aware that critical ingredients of elections in liberal democracy are about the performance of the incumbent and wanted to overshadow this core ingredient of democracy. He knew he failed; Soludo gave him F-9; Dr. Alex Ekwueme said he can’t get what he got in the South East; the London Economist magazine gave him F-9, the New York Times gave him F-9. So in an effort to circumvent that core ingredient of democracy, of the electorate trying to assess performance his performance he con­voked the conference as a cannon-fodder. This is why the APC opposed the conference. We said that Jonathan was sworn on May 6, 2010; that between then and 2014 he could have convoked a conference and there could be a lot of time to discuss what the conference had to offer. So that’s why I said it’s fraudulent for him and those other people who say it’s only Jonathan that can implement it; how can he implement it? In all honesty constitutional amendment is built around consensus of all, because you must secure 2/3 of members of the National and State Assemblies, before any amendment. Our constitution is a rigid constitution, therefore no group can amend any section by abusing or demonizing any sec­tion, talk less critical groups like the Hausas and Yorubas who embraced our great party the APC.

Are you saying that he wouldn’t want to implement it or that he doesn’t have the capacity to?

The 1999 constitution which is the foundation of any amendment or any law that is governing us states explicitly that for you to amend this constitution you need two-third of the National Assembly, you need two-third of the State As­sembly. My brother, Jonathan doesn’t haven’t the capacity; he has failed the South-South, he has failed the South-East, his core supporters; you don’t talk of the North, he has failed the North; he failed even the middle belt or what we call the North Central who hoped on him. So where is he getting the votes; why can we bank on a sinking ship? If the presidential election was held on 14 February, Jonathan could have lost, no matter the date he will loose, so why put all our eggs in one basket? What we studied in primary history, what they ask us in every history exam is the ‘rise and fall’ of empires. Jonathan’s empire is on the departure lounge, truly speaking.

Joe Nwaorgu, Igariwey and their supporters are trying to pitch the destiny of the great Ndigbo on a sinking ship; they are not kind, they are very fraudulent; they are thinking about themselves and their pockets; I should regard them as food-is-ready politicians. Are they happy that if Jonathan is voting back to office, the 2nd Niger Bridge will be the only federal toll bridge? Must our cow be the only one being milked?

Buhari wrote them a letter saying let’s discuss; what does the Igbo’s really want in a new dispensation lets categorize. I delivered that letter and I thought that the letter alone could have been a platform to tell Jonathan ‘please what is your checklist for the Igbo’s. They went out if their way; the only thing I have read from what they have said is that the only condition they are supporting Jonathan is because of Confab and I said if it’s the only condition then its fraudulent. As our leaders I challenge them to show us the Ndigbo Check-List? If they are truly Igbo leaders and not Food is Ready, why can’t they prepare a check list of Igbo demands and present to the two major contenders? Because they know that going by that constitution the ingredients of consensus, the ingredient of compromise, of negotiation are key. Jonathan doesn’t have the political will for negotiations because he is an auto pilot; he doesn’t have the will for compro­mise, he doesn’t have the will for negotiation, he doesn’t have the will for consensus and worse of all he doesn’t keep promises. So whats the chances he will implement it if he comes back. Did he revamp Enugu Coal which he promised? As Rev. Fr. Mbaka pronounced in the profound New Year Sermon; it will be a disaster for the country to vote Jonathan back power.

What do you think would hap­pen to the report of the Confab should Buhari win the election?

In 2003 I was in Buhari’s Presidential cam­paign and one of his programmes is restructuring of the country to true federalism. In 2007 and 2011 Buhari returned restructuring; in 2015 he returned the same agenda and luckily now Buhari has a bigger platform with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and co, who are adherents of true federalism.

In 2003, we had a Northern platform; in 2007 and 2011 we had a Northern platform but in 2015 we have a Pan- Nigeria platform that includes the South West and other progressive elements who are supporters of devolution of powers. Which is timely, as we of the APC do not want a Federal Government that drill borehole. And Buhari believes in democracy and the necessity of exploring the common ground, therefore it is futile not to support the Big-Battal­ion. Buhari is pleading with Ndigbo to vote for progressives, because Igbos are progressive by nature. Ndigbo had always supported restructur­ing and believes in devolution of powers; which includes creation of States. Buhari supports as well the creation one additional state for Ndigbo and the provision that the centre concentrate more on security, foreign affairs and policies. Buhari says he doesn’t believe in a federal government that drills boreholes; so what’s the local government doing with the money it gets? So that’s’ a new dimension; and he said that he believes sincerely that the Igbo people as hard working and enterprising group. My take is that we will benefit more from where there is transparency than patronage system. A lot of people forget that APC has in our midst those who support state police and all the fine points raised by theNational Conference. That’s what Buhari believes, that’s what Jonathan couldn’t do for six years. That’s why the country collapsed; that’s why we are broke; that’s why the naira collapsed.

So Buhari and APC are looking at what can change fundamentally; why did the West de­velop? Why did China decree a law which says anybody who is corrupt should be shot? Because they know that corruption is fundamental; and the Jonathan regime doesn’t care about or give a damn about corruption.

What one is saying is that Jonathan in 2010 awarded three refineries one for Bayelsa his home state, one for Lagos, one for Kogi at $23bn, it may interest you to know that on that date the federal government had $17bn as excess crude account; Which means that Jonathan was sitting on top of $17 billion. When the Chinese saw that he couldn’t pay from the huge Excess Crude Account, they offered to contribute 80% of the $23billion and Nigeria to contribute 20% . Despite this juicy offer Jonathan failed to honour it and the deal failed. The unfortunate outcome is that Nigeria sells the Crude Oil with right hand and buys refined petroleum products with the left hand; hence little is left in our coffers.

Is Jonathan the man you are saying the great Igbo people will hang their fate and destiny on; and you say you are sincere? It is fraudulent; gross deceit that nobody can pardon. For those who clamour for Jonathan have they forgotten how his regime awarded the Eastern Electric­ity Distribution Company to a company via less than transparent process? The unpleasant result is that the South East now has the highest electricity tariff in the country, which means that the few factories here will soon close. They can’t compete even locally as the electricity tarrif in the South West is cheaper than the Shylock Tar­rif approved by Jonathan who so loved Ndigbo than Buhari.

Considering this position of Ohanaeze what do you think will be the position of the Igbo’s should Buhari win the election?

The GMB I know if he wins the Igbo’s will be the greatest beneficiary as all hard working Nigerians not only the Igbos will be the col­lective winners. Buhari will run a transparent administration and transparency does not en­courage patronage. Because transparency is his foundation and transparency is for the talented, the hardworking and the innovative.

That GMB I know, if a Fulani man from Katsina fails in contract bid he won’t award him the contract, that’s why the elite in the North is fighting him. He is not being fought by the Southerners he is being fought more by the elite of the North, East and West. That’s why he is Mai Gaskiya; the Talakawa’s that are supporting him in the North, not the rich; and that’s why we have been supporting him. And so the gainer is the hardworking Igbo, the hardworking Efik, the hardworking Hausa, the hardworking Yoruba, the hard working people of all the tribes we have. Buhari will spread the joy. He will revamp Enugu Coal, generate electricity with it, export, attract coal ancillary factories and create one mil­lion jobs in four years in the South East.

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