Ike Ekweremdu calls on the government to Restructure Nigeria
Yesterday, the 4 th of November, Ike Ekweremadu called the present government to restructure the country. We can recall that Ekeremadu served as a deputy to the Senate President. According to him, Ndigbo is dissatisfied with everything happening in the country, especially in the constitution.
Ike Ekweremadu made these remarks during an honorary memorial lecture for Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Ojukwu, as we all know, was the former leader of the Biafra movement. So the memorial at the Odumegwu Ojukwu University was a way of remembering his great attempts at independence for the Igbos.
While stressing the need for restructuring, Ekweremadu pointed out that the Nigerian police force should be the first port of call. According to him, Nigeria can I be practising federalism while the police force is operating under a centralized system of control.
He also stated that the highest honour the Nigerian leaders can accord the late Biafran leader is to create a just nation which he lived and died for. Also, the deputy Senate President pointed out that the dissatisfaction of the Igbo people has raised diverse opinion among the polity
Ike Ekweremadu’s Comments during the Lecture
“The Nigerian structure is imbalanced and greatly counts against the South East Zone East zones. The imbalances include distribution of national offices, voting power at the national assembly, revenue sharing, the defective federalism and infrastructure. These imbalances have made the Igbos unable to harness their potential, and we are greatly dissatisfied.
“The Imbalance and injustice is the reason why most young Igbo’s are agitating for the actualization of Biafra. They believe that the best solution is to separate from the Nigerian state and actualize the sovereign state of Biafra.
“There is also a school of thought that believes that the country should be restructured. I belong to that school of thought. If restructured then Ndigbo can actualize their potential and be very happy.
The ex-Deputy senate president continued “My thoughts are in line with the late leader of the Biafra people. In 1994 Ojukwu gave a lecture titled “The truth that is self-evident” He noted in the lecture that the Nigerian Government should be committed to a restructured and United Nigeria.
Therefore the national leadership should endeavour to strengthen the Nigerian political system.
They should ensure that Love, peace, unity and justice prevail and should also ensure that every part of the Igbo land actualizes its legitimate dream.