- A group of southern leaders on Sunday, August 6, invited the North for talks on how to renegotiate Nigeria
- They said the current agitations will not stop until Nigeria is restructured along the 1963 Constitution
- The group said they do not want a Nigeria where any section will live as slaves of another
A group of southern leaders on Sunday, August 6, invited the North for talks on how to renegotiate Nigeria.
According to Vanguard, the group said the country was approaching a terminal crisis from which it cannot recover unless it is restructured along the paths of the 1963 Constitution.
The group noted that the National Assembly’s rejection of the proposal for devolution of power was against popular demand.
Premium Times also reports that southern leaders however vowed to press on with their demand until the issue was brought to a conclusion.
The leaders also berated security agencies for threatening to deal with people agitating for the country’s restructuring.
They described the threat as empty and ineffective.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Southern leaders, who met under the aegis of the Southern Leaders Forum, in Lagos state included among others, Adebanjo; former Director General of the department of state service, A.K Horsfall; former president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Joe Irukwu; Ike Nwachukwu.
Others are secretary of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Kunle Olajide; Afenifere chieftain, Amos Akingba and erstwhile chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, Vanguard Publisher, Sam Amuka; former Senate Whip, Senator Stella Omu, Tony Nyiam ; and Chief Guy Ikokwu among others.
Afenifere publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, who read the communiqué of the forum, said: ''We do not want a Nigeria where any section will live as slaves of another, but rather we want a Nigeria where all citizens irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliation are able to live their lives to the fullest and in happiness without let or hindrance.
''For emphasis, the restructuring we demand is a return to principles of federalism in Nigeria as obtained in the 1963 Constitution, which allowed the federating units to have autonomy over their local affairs to create a Nigeria that sustains the principles of fairness, equity, respect for all constituent units of Nigeria.
''Lastly, we are aware of the threat issued from the recent security meeting in Abuja where operatives of the government were issuing threats against agitators for renegotiation of the polity.
''We, therefore, call for immediate meeting of well-meaning leaders from the South and the North to find a way to save Nigeria from destruction and crisis.
''An urgent return to the principles our founding fathers agreed as the basis for our independence is the only way out for Nigeria as most sectors of our country have lost faith in the provisions of the 1999 Constitution''.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a faction of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra said Nigeria must divide to pave way for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.
In the video below NAIJ.com TV takes a critical look at Nnamdi Kanu and the struggle for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra: