Former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme
By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Notable Nigerians, including the Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Yoruba leader, Ayo Adebanjo, former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana and former Governors of Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Peter Obi on Sunday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to commence the immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.
They insisted that doing that would go a long way in addressing the myriads of problems confronting the country, adding that the current protests and demands for separation by various groups in the country as well as other socio-economic crises could be reduced by half if the national conference report was considered and implemented.
Speaking at the 17th Annual Convention of the Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), headed by Evangelist Elliot Ukoh which held at Nike Lake hotels, Enugu, the leaders who also included Resource Control protagonist, Ankio Briggs maintained that anything short of restructuring Nigeria in line with the principles of true federalism would not be accepted.
According to them, the contents of the said report prescribed ways of solving most of the country’s problems, adding that the president should demonstrate his commitment to building an enduring legacy by embracing the document as “a working document”.
Speaking on the theme of the convention, “Still In Search of True Federalism” former Vice President, Ekwueme said every disappointment was a blessing, noting that his incarceration in 1984 at Kirikiri prison by the military afforded him the opportunity to reflect deeply on Nigeria’s problems.
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