June 9, 2024

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Southern, Middle-Belt leaders demand immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, restructuring of Nigeria

LEADERS and elders from the South and Middle-Belt regions have risen from one-day meeting in Abuja with demands hinged on two major national headaches.
They ask the Federal Government to take urgent steps to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu “since a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered so.”
The leaders also express belief that Kanu’s release from detention would promote peace and security in especially the Southeast.
Next, they call on the Federal Government to as “a matter of urgency and priority” work towards restructuring the country to enthrone true federalism as was originally entrenched in the 1960 and 1963 constitutions of the country.
They reiterated their earlier position that “without restructuring, the future of Nigeria and democracy remain bleak” hence this must, therefore, be carried out immediately.
Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), in a communique issued after the meeting, express great concern and total rejection of the trend “where certain sections of the country are continually marginalized in the number of states, local governments, and even appointments into the Federal Executive Council.”
They particularly requested that the South-East be appropriately represented in the Federal Executive Council, similar to other geo-political zones.
“Nigeria must always remain a country where all citizens and sections enjoy a full sense of belonging and equality,” they say.
The meeting which, according to the communique, discussed “current developments in the country exhaustively,” was chaired by SMBLF leader and elder statesman, 96-year-old Chief (Dr.) Edwin K. Clark, OFR, CON.
Also in attendance were several national leaders including Chief Ayo Adebanjo (leader of Afenifere), Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR, OFR, CFR, (president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide), Dr. Pogu Bitrus (president of Middle-Belt Forum), and Chief (Sen.) Cornelius Adebayo (former governor of Kwara State).
There were also Obong Victor Attah (former governor of Akwa Ibom State), and Sen. Emmanuel Ibok-Essien (national chairman of PANDEF).
Others were retd Gen. Zamani Lekwot (former military governor of old Rivers State), retd Gen. Lawrence Onoja, Ph.D., mni (former military governor of Katsina State), retd Lt.-Gen. (Dr.) Ishaya Bamaiyi, CFR, (former Chief of Army Staff), Chief (Dr.) Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CON (former governor of Anambra State), Chief S.N. Okeke (former chairman of the Police Service Commission), and Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, CON (former chairman of NDDC).
Also at the meeting were Chief (Barr.) Sola Ebiseni (national secretary ofAfenifere), Amb. (Dr.) Godknows Igali, Amb. Okey Emuchay, MFR (secretary-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide), Sen. Nimi Barigha-Amange, Sen. Musa Adede, Prof. G. G. Darah, Solomon Asemota SAN, and retd DI-G. Potter L. Dabup.
Yet, others were Engr. Marcus Gundiri, Akin Oshuntokun, Dr. Akin Fapohunda, Prof Charles Nwakeaku, Dele Farotimi, Prof. Echefuna Onyebeadi, Jonathan Tsaku, Mr. Mac Emakpore, Hon. (Dr.) Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, Prince Maikpobi Okareme, Jonathan Asake, Mrs. Elizabeth Jibrin, Chief Hon. Olivia Agbajoh, Esq, and Dr. Ken Robinson, among others.