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42 South-East Groups Billed For Five Million-man Match In December On True Federalism

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By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

No fewer than 42 different South east groups are to participate in a planned five million Man march in December over demand for restructuring of the Nigerian polity.

Organizers of the exercise, the Igbo Youth Movement, (IYM), said it will hold in the five South-East States of Nigeria.

Making this known after a meeting with Igbo Traders at the IYM Secretariat in Enugu weekend, the group’s Founder, Evangelist Elliot Uko said “the thirteen marches for restructuring Nigeria will hold in Afikpo, Abakaliki, Nsukka, Enugu, Aba, Umuahia, Ohafia, Okigwe, Owerri, Orlu, Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka”.

The IYM boss explained, “the peaceful marches will be led by the Clergy and students groups in each of the cities and towns in the South East”.

On the meeting this Sunday, of South East Governors and Igbo Leaders, Uko said the current developments were beyond political interest and considerations of any individual or office holder, insisting that “only the truth can save the situation and the truth is that Nigeria must be urgently restructured in order to give all sections a sense of belonging thereby enthroning true Federalism without delay, any other solution will not work”.

“Sometime ago, an Igbo leader, who tried to superimpose a strange agenda on Ndigbo at Women Development Centre Abakaliki failed woefully in that attempt; was booed by Ndigbo who clearly rejected the third term agenda of his friend.

“That man is yet to recover his credibility till date, any Igbo leader who is willing to allow himself either to be induced or intimidated to shy away from the truth, will only destroy himself.

“The truth of the situation is so clear that even the blind can see it. Only early return to true federalism will heal Nigeria” Said the IYM Leader.

“I do not think any Igbo leader will be stupid enough to commit political suicide by trying to deny the truth

“Everybody knows the truth, any attempt to impose scripted agenda on the people will only drive those leaders to irrelevance and self-destruction, conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it.

“I can tell you that Nigerians from other zones are all agreed that only true Federalism can save Nigeria, delay is dangerous”, Uko declared.

Among the South-South groups that attended the meeting in Enugu included, Union of Niger Delta, South-South Youth Congress, and others.

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