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Apex Igbo Socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo listed four major issues it would discuss with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) ahead of its meeting with its northern counterparts.
According to the group, the four issues are restructuring, 2023 presidency, inclusion of Igbo in the appointment of security chiefs, and reciprocity of Igbo hospitality in their domains.
A spokesperson for Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the telephone, maintained that Ohanaeze position was well-defined, adding ‘if you ask any Nigerian what is Ohanaeze’s position, he will always tell you. We have never missed words.
Ogbonnia however, said “It can be classified into four major broad areas: one, presidency 2023 as a matter of equity and fairness. In 2023, the presidency should go to the Igbo.
‘Two, the whole Southern governors including Ohanaeze have agreed on structuring Nigeria. The essence of restructuring is to see how we can unlock the potential of the teaming young Nigerians. On the other hand if Nigeria is restructured it will give vent to various hunt of talents. It will help unleash talents among all segments of Nigerians. That is, it will be an opportunity available to us to explore the mineral resources within our reach and also to help expand the economic base of the people of Nigeria. Above all, it will reduce tension at the centre, because the more Nigeria is restructured the less the tension at the centre. It is to the advantage of everybody.
‘Third, in the current dispensation, the Igbo have been complaining that of all the entire security architecture of Nigeria, no person from the South-East is found worthy. It is not good and we are going to discuss it.
‘Fourth, Do unto others as they do unto you. The Igbo wherever we are very hospitable. When other people come to South-East, we are very hospitable.’
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