- Professor Charles Soludo suggests a single term of six years for presidents
- The Ohaneze Ndigbo also recommends six-year single term and rotational presidency as well as governors
- They also canvass for six vice presidents to be elected from the six geo-political zones of the country
Professor Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and economic expert, on Monday, May 21, advocated six vice presidents to deputise for the leader of the country on a single tenure of six years.
Soludo reportedly stated this during the South-East summit on restructuring Nigeria in Awka, the capital city of Anambra.
This was supported by the Ohaneze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural umbrella of Ndigbo, which called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country.
It also demanded creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited.
Soludo said: “The tenure of office of the president shall be a single term of six years.
“There shall be five vice presidents, one from each of the six geopolitical zones,” Daily Trust quoted him as saying.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) further reports that Professor Charles Soludo, the chairman, planning and strategy committee, read out the resolutions.
Soludo further said Ohaneze want the federal government to adopt the report of the 2014 National Conference.
He said that the resolution already ratified by all the component arms of Ohaneze, equally demand that the current constitution of Nigeria, which he stated was the product of the military, be redrafted.
NAN says Soludo added that Ohaneze recommended that a constituent assembly for the drafting of a new constitution be constituted and thereafter a referendum be held, adding: “Whatever recommendations of the group would be sent to National Assembly.”
The former CBN governor said that group also demanded for the scrapping of state of origin and its replacement with residential rights whereby a Nigerian would have full right in any place he or she resides for 10 years.
Concerning the six years single tenure, the group noted that six vice presidents from each of the geo-political zones should be elected, while the governorship seat would be rotated among the senatorial districts.
On his part, Chief John Nwodo, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, said the summit was organised to enable Ndigbo articulate major challenges affecting the country.
Nwodo claimed that the present constitution of the country was skewed against Igbo people and should be redrafted to give Igbo peoplevfair treatment.
The deputy Senate president, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, challenged the Ohaneze leadership to convince those yet to support the restructuring of the country to back the idea.
Ekweremadu assured that he would table any bill on the restructuring of the country whenever the Ohaneze present it at the national assembly.
Former foreign affairs minister, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, who also spoke called on the people of middle Belt to support the call for restructuring of Nigeria, claiming that they stand to gain more.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the chairman of the summit, called on Igbo people especially the leaders to exhibit honesty in their affairs, to help move the people forward.
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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra in his address thanked the organisers for choosing his state for the summit organised for the Igbo people to articulate what they want as Nigerians.
Earlier in a sermon, which followed the Bible, Ven Ben Osisioma of the Anglican Communion, called on Ndigbo to rely on God for solution to their challenges in Nigeria.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said restructuring the country could not have been the priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration given the challenges it inherited upon resuming office.
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