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Nigeria’s imbalance system affects Southeast more —Ekweremadu

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A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the apathy towards the South East has made the region displeased with the country.

Ekweremadu also the imbalance had resulted in agitations.

He, however, said the Igbos could actualize their potentials in a structured Nigeria.

Ekweremadu stated these at the 2nd Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Memorial Lecture at the Igbariam campus of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

According to him, the distribution of national wealth and revenue sharing formula did not help the Igbo to harness their potentials.

He said: “Ndigbo have many grouses, which have made them not to be satisfied in the system, among which are the distribution of national wealth and infrastructure.”

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“This state of affairs does not make South East to move forward. There are those, especially the younger generation that believes that the best way forward was separation from the Nigerian state and the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

“This has resulted in agitations getting to a crescendo in recent years. But on the other hand, the school of thought to which I belong, believe that Igbo can actualize their potentials in a structured Nigeria.

“The Igbos, at various fora, have expressed their belief in a united Nigeria, but there is a need for true federalism, separation of powers, structural balance, rotational presidency, issue of local government creation and six-year one tenure for the president, among others.”

Ekweremadu was attacked in August by some members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.

IPOB members physically assaulted the senator In the video and Ekweremadu was severally condemned over his alleged conspiracy with the federal government in its decision to proscribe the IPOB in the South East and killing of several of its followers.

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