Igbo Youth Group Wants Next President To Restructure NigeriaFeatured, Latest News, News Friday, February 6th, 2015
FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – A week to the general polls, the famous Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Friday staged a rally in Enugu, on the need to restructure Nigeria by who ever wins the presidency, insisting that true federalism remains the answer to the nations woes.
Speaking with newsmen at the rally, IYM president, Evangelist Elliot Uko, posited that for Nigeria to move forward, it must be restructured with a view to weakening the centre which he said, is presently too strong, attractive and powerful.
“One week to the election, we deem it absolutely necessary to state the truth, just for the record”
“We all know that the fierce struggle for central power is serious business, why? Because Nigerian presidency is one of the most powerful in the world”
Uko, whose organization put together the rally in conjunction with the, South East Self Determination Coalition, (SESDC), noted that the 1999 constitution makes the centre so attractive.
According to him, because of the so much powers at the centre, all manner of strategies are usually employed to grab power at that level of government.
“Weaker Centre is antidote to electoral violence” hence there is also the need for who ever emerges as the next president, to implement report of the National Conference (CONFAB)
“Because of the winner takes all syndrome, the struggle for Aso Rock is bitterly fought” Uko stated.
“We are worried that the plea to restructure Nigeria into true federalism is being delayed.
“We believe that if the centre is made less attractive, the vicious struggle for central power will be a thing of the past hence, there would be no more fears of post- election violence in Nigeria.”
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