Igbo leaders hinge nation’s unity on equitable power, resource control
THE issue of equitable power and resource sharing as essential tool for the continued unity and stability of Nigeria has re-echoed as Igbo leaders gathered in Enugu to inaugurate the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF).
The leaders stated that Nigeria is nation of many ethnic nationalities and not the rights of political parties, stressing that every administration must bear such in mind to move the country forward.
They also called on Igbo sons and daughters to urgently invest in Igbo-land, explaining that economic power was one way that the reconstruction of Igbo-land battered by the civil war and neglected for long could be achieved.
They lamented that political and economic powers have continued to elude the zone despite her efforts in the development of the country and attributed it to the inability of the people of Igbo-land to speak with one voice.
Present at the occasion held at the Igbozurme Centre in Enugu were Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, Omu of Anioma, Her Royal Majesty, Igwe Martha Dunkwu, former Presidents general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife and Prof Joe Irukwu, Anglican Bishop of Awka, Rt Rev Alex Ibezim, Methodist Archbishop, C.N Edeh and National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie.
Others were Dr. Chinweizu, Imo University Vice Chancellor, Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Prof Elo Amucheazi, former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ginigeme Mbanefo, leader of Alaigbo Development Foundation, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, Dr. Kalu I Kalu, Ohanaeze Secretary General, Dr. Joe Nworgu and many others.
Prof Nwala, who read the position of the group about developments in the country said: “We wish to congratulate the President- elect, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). We in ADF look forward to a healthy and constructive relationship with his government in promoting the reconstruction of Igbo land battered by war and neglected ever since.
“It is important to remind the President- elect that Nigeria is not a federation of political parties but a federation of ethnic nationalities, many of whom are viable nation- states in their own right. It is, therefore, important for the government to bear in mind that the issues of equitable power and resources sharing essential for the unity and stability of any federation have to do with the rights of the various ethnic nationalities, and not the rights of political parties.”
Igwe Achebe, who was the chairman of the occasion, said that the birth of the organization followed the colloquium of the Igbo last year on the need to reconstruct and rebuild Igbo-land for the future.
He said a lot had been written on how Igbo land could be rebuilt since the war ended; lamenting however that what was left was how to translate the ideas into practical realities.