- In the open letter to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Doyin Okupe said he does not support the condition of the northern elders on restructuring
- Okupe also volunteered to facilitate a meeting between the north and the south so that issues would be ironed out
A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, has written to the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) over the latter’s stand on the clamour for restructuring.
In the open letter, Okupe rejected the conditions given by the ACF to accept restructuring of the country.
“Your terms and conditions in my own personal opinion are not unacceptable, and with the spirit of brotherhood I do believe we have a platform on which we can all put hands together for peaceful resolution and wholesomely acceptable and workable procedural process to attain the above stated objective,” he said in the letter obtained by NAIJ.com.
Okupe also volunteered to facilitate a meeting between the northern organisation and leaders from the south for a resolution of the lingering issue.
Here is the full letter:
Re: Restructuring of the Nation
The above subject matter and your recent statement concerning same refer.
I wish firstly to congratulate you and members of your esteemed organisation on your recent stand on the above subject matter conceding to support the call for a restructure of the polity.
Your current position as widely reported in the media is very comforting to all lovers of Nigeria and I personally commend you for this patriotic disposition.
Your terms and conditions in my own personal opinion are not unacceptable, and with the spirit of brotherhood I do believe we have a platform on which we can all put hands together for peaceful resolution and wholesomely acceptable and workable procedural process to attain the above stated objective.
It is my considered opinion that the very sensitive nature of this subject matter makes it difficult for our governments to be in the fore front of finding an acceptable solution without being accused of bias or prejudice.
I wish therefore to suggest that a team of patriots from the south meets with members of your organisation in Abuja shortly to examine the full details of this subject once again, consider our various views and possibly agree on suggestions we can pass to the executive and legislative arms of our democratically elected government.
I humbly submit that you agree that I broker this all important meeting, which should not be later than the first week of July 2017.
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Once again let me thank you immensely for your demonstrated goodwill and patriotism in this period of extreme national acrimony and latent rancour.
Please convey my best wishes and admiration to your distinguished members and be assured of my highest esteem always.
Dr Doyin Okupe.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that though there seems to be panic across Nigeria over the recent threat to Igbo people in the north, findings have shown that the quit notice may not be effectively implemented afterall.
This is also as a pan-Igbo group, The Igbo Conscience (TIC), said it condemns the ultimatum issued by the northern youth groups seeking that all Igbos in the zone must return home states by October 2017.
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