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How to achieve restructuring – Ohanaeze

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President General of Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo (Jnr)

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The clamour for restructuring of the country and declaration of state of Biafra in Southeast would remain a mirage if such agitations were not aligned to civic obedience and political diplomacy.

Ohanaeze President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who dropped the hint in Enugu yesterday, therefore, called on Nigerians, especially Igbo youths who have not registered in the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registration exercise on the guise of agitating for Biafra to do so, stressing that such was no longer realizable by force or use of gun.

Nwodo said: “Go and register because that is the only way you can talk about restructuring and having people listen to you. You cannot achieve restructuring by shouting everyday or words of the mouth and you cannot achieve restructuring by the gun but with your voter’s card. The war is on the future of Nigeria and nobody can change it if you don’t participate in the electoral process. You cannot get Biafra by gun and shouting every day. You can only get it through the power of ballot and by political diplomacy.”

Speaking during the first excellence lecture series of the Student Affairs Department, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Nwodo stated that the future of the country lies in the hands of those who were ready to confront their challenges in the most acceptable manner.

He lamented the loss of confidence in the Nigerian youths, saying they had done this by “passing a vote of no confidence on themselves by refusing to engage in activities that can shape their future,” explaining that unless they rise to be counted, nobody would remember that they exist.

Speaking on the theme: “Excellence in character and learning as a tool for restoring the dignity of man,” a Political Economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, explained that idea was the essential ingredient that rules the world and that a country without thinkers would always have its growth distorted.

He challenged Nigerian youths to imbibe character and culture of excellence in their daily living, stressing that the problem with Nigeria was the fact that majority of those elected to lead negated the values of good character formation.

Utomi, who was the guest speaker, stated that young Nigerians must always ask questions on how they want to finish in life, stressing that, he did not rise to the pinnacle of his chosen career by corruption but by dint of hard work.

He stated that rebuilding Nigeria was possible when the right attitude was imbibed; stressing that it was also required to restore the dignity of man.

Ohanaeze, has also faulted the order by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Musa, that people, including vigilante groups, should surrender their arms.

Nwodo said to obey the Inspector General’s order would be an invitation to anarchy and a worsening of the security situation where herdsmen killers, armed robbers, kidnappers and other purveyors of death and crime would have a field day in the country.


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