“We wish to call on Pres. Ahmed Tinubu to embark on electoral reforms” ~ Ndigbo advocates for reconstitution and renegotiation of Nigeria federation — ADF

The Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, has disclosed the readiness of the entire seven Igbo-speaking states in Nigeria for reconstitution and renegotiation of the Nigeria federation through a new constitution for the country that will guarantee self-determination for the different states, segments, and regions of the country.

The ADF said it believes that the chaotic nature of the Nigerian federation is the basis of the perennial terrorism, banditry and violence that have made life unbearable in Nigeria today, stressing that to build an equitable federal structure based on social justice, the reconstitution/renegotiation of the Nigerian federation have become imperative.

“This should be done through the making of a new people’s constitution and not the amendment of the 1999 Constitution as embarked upon by the current and former National Assemblies from 1999 to date.

“We are convinced that only a return to Regional Autonomy and Fiscal Federalism can resolve the problems bedeviling the crisis-ridden Nigerian federation. There should be a return to the 1963 Regional Constitution which was agreed upon by Nigeria’s founding fathers.”

National President of ADF, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie made the demand in a press briefing after the inaugural meeting of the newly elected Executive of the group in Enugu, during the weekend.

The ADF also stated that the time has come for Ndigbo to create master plans for infrastructural development of their region with a solid rail system to link all the major industrial, commercial, and administrative hubs in Alaigbo and advocated for public debates on both the cost and environmental impact of the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project.

The group expressed fear that coastal highways may hinder the development of seaports in the southeast if the bridges to be constructed are not high enough, hence the need for the environmental impact assessment.

He said: “We wish to call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to embark on serious electoral reforms and reform of the Judicial System in Nigeria. This is the only way to avert the growing political anarchy in the land and restore the confidence of the citizenry in the democratic process in Nigeria.

“Nnamdi Kanu’s continued incarceration constitutes a spite on social justice and an infringement on his fundamental rights to self-expression, especially when viewed against the Federal Government’s attitude of allowing those who had taken up arms against the state to be released, rehabilitated, and even reintegrated into the Nation’s security architecture.”

 The group announced its intention to commence a process of monitoring the developmental engagements of the governments in the Southeast and Delta/Rivers axis to compel the political and administrative leaders in Igboland to sit up and render accounts of their stewardship to the people of the region.

Culled from Vanguard