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National Conference: Igbo Leaders Insist on New Constitution



Leaders in Igbo land, under the auspices of ‘Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought’ led by Lagos based constitutional lawyer, Professor. Ben Nwabueze, have vowed to push for the emergence of a brand new constitution from the proposed national conference.

constitutionAfter their meeting on Monday in Enugu, the leaders, also advocated that  the new constitution such come into law through a referendum, saying it should not be subjected to National Assembly approval.

Former Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), and secretary of the group Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, hinted that the Igbos  was in total support of conference of ethnic nationalities where members would be nominated from their groups.

According to him, “The (Presidential Advisory Committee) PAC, seems to be thinking of the amendment of the constitution and we met to see how to inform the president that this is not in order because we are thinking of an entirely new constitution.

“What we are saying is that we must have a way of informing the president and Nigerians that the recommendation is not in order and in trying to do this, the meeting of “Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought” and Ohanaeze Ndigbo are resolute that this will not help the country.

“We want this country to survive and we are doing all in our power to make it survive”. The former NOA stated

He further said that nomination into the conference should not be based on existing geo political zones or senatorial zones, but rather, should be on different ethnic nationalities that make up the country.

Amucheazi, therefore, stressed that it would be a denial on certain ethnic groups if representation was made on the basis of senatorial zones.

His words: “If this is a conference of all nationalities, in order words all ethnic nationalities should be represented. What we are saying is that if we are using the geo political zones, we must make sure that all ethnic units are represented.

“Again, it is not delegates through adult suffrage by individuals on their own merit but that the ethnic nationalities will have a way of nominating people to it. So we are dealing with nationalities and this is an issue that seem to be misunderstood”,

The political scientist, stated that the position of the Igbo race on the dialogue would be made known by the end of January, adding that: “We are working out content of the constitution and when we are through with it, we are going to invite all Igbo groups to have a say at it.

Personalities that graced the meeting, were Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo Igariwey, veteran woman politician, Mrs. Maria Okwor, Senator Offia Nwali, former Ohaneze preident- General, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Sepecial Adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on inter party affairs,  Chief Ben Ndi Obi.

Others include Senator Anyim Ude, former minsiter, Dr. Chu S. P. Okongwu, one time Governor of old Enugu state, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, ex- minister of education, Igwe Aja Nwachukwu, among others.

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