Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that no amount of harassment, intimidation or marginalisation will end the agitation by Ndigbo for a restructured Nigeria where every component part can substantially harness its resources.
He however called on Ndigbo to never allow any provocation that will lead to armed struggle because such according to him, is “an ill wind that blows no one any good.”
According to the senator, the minimum demands of Ndigbo from Nigeria is restructuring of the country and nothing less.
On the controversial abandonment of Eastern Rail Line, he said the rail line was not for the benefit of the South East alone, but also the South-South, North Central and North East.
A statement he released on Saturday through his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, quoted Ekweremadu as saying this at the World Igbo Congress (WIC) summit in Enugu.
He said, “The minimum Ndigbo demand of Nigeria is a restructure of the federation so that every component part of it can substantially harness its resources, cut its coat according to its cloth, and develop at its own speed.
“Instructively, the ill-fated Aburi Accord was about restructuring, even if it is not exactly as we want it today. But it was breached and discarded, plunging the nation into an avoidable fratricidal war. Yet, fifty years after, the need and call for restructuring and return to a true federal state have only persisted.
“Although the call initially fell on deaf ears, it is heart-warming that the right quarters are beginning to listen and the call is gathering traction daily, even from hitherto improbable quarters.
“No matter the intimidation, harassment, and marginalisation of our people, we must never be provoked into an armed struggle. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good.
“But we must consistently continue to say a loud, ‘No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! Until we get to the promised land of an equitable and just society. Let no man be tired and let no woman give up. The night may be long, but the day will surely break.”
While he called on the Federal Government to seek and sustain peace in all parts of the country through equity, justice, and fairness, Ekweremadu added, “a man that is unjustly treated will never be interested in peace.
“The rights of Ndigbo to peaceful and democratic engagements must be respected. Those who try to muffle and subdue democratic engagements by citizens are only playing into the hands of anarchists.
“Importantly, the marginalisation meted out to Ndigbo in appointments, especially in the commanding heights of the security sector is unacceptable; and must be redressed”.
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