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Iwuanyanwu canvasses urgent restructuring of Nigeria, state police

By Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri) and Ernest Nzor (Abuja)
28 March 2022   |   3:02 am
Elder statesman and Chairman, Elders Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has canvassed urgent restructuring of the country in line with the wishes of Nigerians.

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Elder statesman and Chairman, Elders Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has canvassed urgent restructuring of the country in line with the wishes of Nigerians.

Iwuanyanwu also advocated the establishment of state police to enhance security at the sub-national level, just as Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his South West counterparts had the courage to set up the Amotekun security outfit.

Describing Akeredolu, who is chairman of the Southern Governors Forum as a worthy son of the South, he stressed that it was time to address the constant agitations for restructuring of the country.

He made the assertions at the weekend, when the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akerelodu, visited him in Owerri, Imo State.

Iwuanyanwu, who commended Anyanwu-Akeredolu for always visiting her ancestral home in Emeabiam, Owerri West Council to identify with her people, expressed delight that she has been conferred with a chieftaincy title of Ada Oweri 1 (a worthy daughter and defender of Owerri Senatorial District).

He urged the Ondo State First Lady to maintain her stance by constantly touching base and offer the dividend of democracy in infrastructure development and lifting the poor.

On state policing, Iwuayanwu argued that if for instance, Borno State had a state police when Boko Haram came up, the state would have started fighting and might have defeated the insurgents and sent them away.

“If we had state police, Boko Haram wouldn’t have spread so fast and yet, some people are still doubting why we need state police. That is why I compliment your husband. He has really done well and we are happy with his courage,” he stated.

Iwuanyanwu expressed the hope that Nigeria would be better and stronger if there was political balance between the North and the South and if injustice and greed were removed from the country’s politics.

MEANWHILE, as agitation for power shift to the South continues, Coalition of All Young Candidates and Youth Leaders in Nigeria and the Diaspora, has resolved to back only presidential candidates from the South East.

The group stated this at the roundtable national conference to brainstorm on the need for the rest of the country to embrace and support a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

In a statement issued, yesterday, in Abuja, by leader of the coalition, Vincent Ubani, the group said: “The only solution to restore peace and unity in Nigeria is the urgency produce the most trustworthy person with high level of integrity, honesty and transparency from the South East.”