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Ndigbo push for constitutional conference, demand removal of terrorist tag on IPOB

Ndigbo push for constitutional conference, demand removal of terrorist tag on IPOB

The Ndigbo Ohanaeze on Monday at its meeting in Awka, the Anambra State capital called for a constitutional conference.

The group also called on government to remove the terrorist tag on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Ohanaeze made these known in its communiqué issued after the meeting and read by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Chukwuma Soludo.

The group in its resolutions at the one-day summit tagged, “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018’”, also wants the Federal Government to adopt the report of the 2014 National Conference.

Calling for the redrafting of the current constitution of Nigeria, which Ohanaeze said was the product of the military, the Igbo group 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”.

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Ohanaeze also demanded that state of origin be scrapped and replacement with residential rights, which according to it, would allow a Nigerian to have full rights in any place he or she resides for 10 years.

The Igbo group went further to call for a six-year single tenure for the president of Nigeria, with six vice presidents that would be elected from each of the six geo-political zones, while the governorship seat would be rotated among the senatorial districts.

The president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, commenting on the summit explained that it was put together to allow Ndigbo articulate major challenges affecting the country.

 

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