Cross River group calls for restructuring of Nigeria

Cross River group calls for restructuring of Nigeria

- A group, the Cross River National Front, accuses the federal government of ceding Cross River territories to Cameroon twice without consultation and protection

- The front, an offshoot of the Pan Niger Delta Forum says it is time to have discussions on the articles of association among the different peoples of Nigeria

- The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, commends the approval of the payment of pension to police officers who served under the defunct Biafra police during the civil war

A group, the Cross River National Front, comprising of some of the most eminent personalities in Cross River state, has called on the federal government to restructure the country to enable a fairer, more equitable and united federation.

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According to Vanguard, the group which is an offshoot of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) accused the federal government of ceding their territories twice to Cameroon without consultation and protection.

The front in a communiqué by Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, convener; Ntufam EdetAsim, secretary among 18 other leading personalities in the state said it was time to have discussions among the different peoples of Nigeria to avoid chaos.

It said: “We firmly insist that it is time to have precise and free discussions on the articles of association amongst the different peoples of Nigeria, with all options open for discussion.

"The unity of the Nigerian federation can only be founded on equity, justice and equality for all citizens and discussions in this regard must be commenced immediately in a peaceful, honest and accommodating atmosphere to avoid the country being pushed into a situation of chaos and confusion.

"The machinery for negotiation of the association with the Nigerian state by the various peoples and nationalities cannot lie with the National Assembly because of the imbalance in representation structured into the National Assembly by various military regimes.

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"We, therefore, support implementation of the various resolutions arrived at by the 2014 National Conference which will allow the states as Federating Unit to control and manage their resource and constitutionally manage their affairs."

Meanwhile, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended the approval of the payment of pension to police officers who served under the defunct Biafra police during the civil war by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group reacting to the president's approval said the move by Buhari is a good development.

The president general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia-Nwodo, said while the approval is a move in the right direction, it is justice denied for too long.

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Source: Naija.ng

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