- Ohanaeze Youth Congress (OYC) urged the federal government to restructure the country
- The Igbo group said restructuring will bring about solutions to the country’s problems
- The youths group further stated that the federal government should implement restructuring if it does not want agitators of self-determination to go
The umbrella body for Igbo youths, Ohanaeze Youth Congress (OYC), Bayelsa state chapter, has demanded a total restructuring of the country, stating that it is the only way peace can reign among all the regions in the country.
The Bayelsa state chairman of the OYC, Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, said this on Thursday, February 15, during a press briefing on the activities lined up to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration, Punch reports.
Arthur-Ugwa said: “Restructuring is a panacea for peace amongst the federating units and could resolve the various agitations if implemented properly. We, however, want a total restructuring and say no to taking an aspect of it and leaving other components behind.
“There is a consensus amongst all stakeholders on restructuring and the Federal Government and the ruling party, as well as the opposition party, have all endorsed it; that tells you that it is the way to go.
“It is either you restructure or you allow those agitating for self-determination to go, it is either restructuring or no Nigeria.
“However it must be done in a holistic manner with all aspects of it taken along, it should not be an issue of political and campaign gimmicks for political parties to win votes.
“I am urging the Federal Government to convene a multi-stakeholders’ forum for Nigerians to be on the same page and have a clear and unambiguous position on restructuring.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Osita Okechukwu, the director general of Voice of Nigeria recently said that President Muhammadu Buhari would address the issue of political restructuring if he wins a second term in office by 2019.
Okechukwu said that for now the president is addressing issues of economic restructuring and will look into political restructuring if he gets a mandate to run for a second term.
The chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) commended the president general of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo for convening the meeting and appealed to Igbo and Yoruba leadership to support the Rails, Roads, and Power projects and the economic restructuring initiated by the president.
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