The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu,
has asked President Bola Tinubu to focus on creating a true federal
constitution and restructuring of
Iwuanyanwu made this appeal
in an interview with Arise Television on Wednesday.
According to him, the peace committee he set up by Ndigbo
was intended to clear up the misunderstandings and curb the alleged unfair
treatments that other Nigerian tribes show towards Igbo people.
On the need for a federal constitution, Iwuanyanwu said,
“That particular government before independence, they had a constitution, a
true federal constitution. A constitution that could actually apply and bring,
without a lot of strain, to a people who have diverse background like Nigeria.
We had a true federal constitution in 1960,1963, and that worked for us.
“Later on, they changed to military constitution which is
not right. Now, that is why we in Igbo land, we are saying, please, let us have
a true federal constitution. What we are operating today is a unitary
government. It doesn’t work with a people who have diverse backgrounds.
“I believe that the government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu should
take steps to see if we can actualise this restructuring of Nigeria. Without a
proper restructuring, Nigeria will continue to have problem, there is no way
this country can survive. Today, everybody is talking about presidency. In a
restructured Nigeria, the presidency will not attract so much attention as it
does today,” he said.
Speaking on alleged animosity displayed towards Igbos,
Iwuanyanwu said since the recent Presidential elections, there had been unfair
treatments towards Igbos.
He said, “Suddenly after the elections, Igbo buildings were
being demolished in various places with excuses. I have investigated the
demolitions in Lagos with example, and it is very clear to me that some of them
didn’t follow the process of law of any civilised society.”
On the peace committee that has been set up to clear the
prejudice between the Ndigbo and the rest of Nigerians, he said, “We’re going
to produce our own story about the events in Nigeria from 1966. We’re going to
produce a book which we are going to keep in Nigeria for posterity, to know the
position of Igbos.
“Because today, a young Northerner, for example, will think
Igbos hate Northerners by killing two great leaders from the North, it’s not true.
But when we put our story, this community will put up a story, it will be clear
According to Iwuanyanwu, the committee is also set to
contact the heads of other ethnic groups to find out their misgivings and
fallouts with Ndigbo, so that peace can be brokered between the Igbos and the
ethnic groups in Nigeria if there were any problems.
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