The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has admonish the federal government to revamp the country to avoid boycott of the forthecoming general election in 2023.
“Processes to begin our amelioration as a nation must be decided and stipulate before the 2023 general elections so as to prevent a situation where sections of the country may boycott the elections and present the country with a constitutional force majeure”, he said.
Nwodo made this known, at the 17th Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture organised by the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos.
Speaking on the need to revamp the country according to The Cable, Nwodo avouch: “There was only one reason why things worked so well then. We had a regional system of government that allowed regions to enjoy sovereignty over their resources whilst paying royalties and taxes to the federal government. Our local security was independent and uninfluenced by the federal government.
“Suddenly, the army came to power and abolish our constitution, turned us to a state where unitary system was implement and imposed a unitary constitution on us. They seized our natural resources and donated them to the federal government to share without adequate respect for derivation.
“Nigeria must revitalized and give its component units sovereignty over its natural resources provided they pay royalty or some form of taxes to the federal government to maintain federal responsibilities like external aggression, international relationship and foreign missions, customs and immigration.
“Emphasis must return to agriculture and education. Domestic security must remain in the hands of the federating units because living safe in Nigeria today is by luck. The secularity of the Nigerian state must be respected. These irreducible minimum conditions are not negotiable. If it does not happen, we will have no alternative but to go our separate ways.
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