Aba News

[Aba News][bsummary]

South East

[South East Region][horlab]

People

[People][horlab]

Chekwas Okorie: 'Biafra can be achieve through Ballot box'


After the balkanization of Nigeria’s political structure, the last military government led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, imposed a Nigerian Constitution on Nigeria with provisions that make the creation of more states and local government areas near impossible. 
Chief Chekwas Okorie
Chief Chekwas Okorie
That is why no civilian democratic government has been able to create any new State or Local government Areas. Even the creation of Development Centres has no constitutional backing and therefore not considered in national revenue allocation formula.

There are several obnoxious provisions of the 1999 Constitution that have turned Nigeria into one large “concentration camp” with “slave masters” riding roughshod over fellow Nigerians, with provocative arrogance and impunity.


It was also under the military government that Nigeria’s Revenue Allocation formula plummeted from 50% by the principle of Derivation to 0% and later began to be adjusted to 1%, 3% and the present 13% that was made possible by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, during his regime as a democratically elected President.

In all the absurdities that have been imposed on Nigerians, Ndigbo have been the worst hit. Ndigbo are rated as the second largest ethnic population in about 31 states of Nigeria and are by far the largest ethnic population in the 5 south east states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Similarly, Ndigbo have settled in all parts of Nigeria long before the advent of the European Explorers and Colonialists. I was astonished to be informed in the year 2000 when I was a Special Guest of Honour at the Igbo Day Celebration in Gusau in Zamfara State, that there was an Igbo Settlement in what was known then as Northern Gusau that dated back to 400 years.

It was in that year 2000, that the Caliphate Celebrated its Bi-centenary Celebration. This means that Ndigbo were already in that part of Nigeria for two centuries (200 years) before Sultan Othman Danfidio arrived Sokoto to establish the Caliphate. These later day arrivals now refer to Ndigbo as non-indigenes and charge their children differential school fees.

Since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war there have been many attempts through National and Constitutional Conferences to make Nigeria a True Federation where all the ethnic Nationalities and Federating units will co-exist peacefully and develop at their own pace for the benefit of all but those who are benefiting from the unacceptable and debilitating political structure have frustrated every initiative to put Nigeria on the part of growth, development and civilization.


Most Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the fact that the Recommendations of the 2014 National Conference which cost Nigeria over N9b to host in which every state of the Federation actively participated including the 21 states controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, could just be consigned to the archive by President Mohammadu Buhari with a wave of the hand.

The current and persistent agitation for self-determination championed largely by the Igbo youth is a direct result of the insensitivity of subsequent Nigeria Governments to their cry of marginalization and alienation. The painful fact that there is no person of Igbo origin that is a member of Nigeria’s Security Council since the inception of the APC Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is the height of exclusion of the Ndigbo. The agitation has reached the height where the consciousness for self-determination has permeated the entire Igbo populace both in Nigeria and the diaspora.

Many are of the opinion that since Nigeria is not comfortable for us, the option is to exit from Nigeria. We have been forced to dig deeper into our history to establish that whereas God created us Igbo which is our origin, but we are BIAFRANS by indigenous identity. Yes we are Nigerian citizens but this citizenship must be renegotiated. It is a blatant fallacy to say that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. Even the institution of marriage which is the oldest institution established by God is negotiable and dissol

oluble. The conditions and modalities for such actions abound in the Holy Books.

Any human being who is not proud of his indigenous identity and ethnicity on account of fear or timidity is not worth the name he is called. You break no known law in Nigeria when you admit proudly that you are a Biafran by indigenous identity.

THE OPTION FOR NDIGBO

It is generally accepted by the proponent of self-determination or even exit from Nigeria that violent means or arms struggle is not an attractive option for several reasons. The political process is what I propose to our people. Although some of us have been exploring this process within the limited space of the Nigerian Laws, it will appear that President Mohammadu Buhari has given impetus to this process.

In two recent occasions President Buhari used the platforms of Al Jazeera an International Television Network and a Nigerian Town Hall meeting in New York, United States of America to urge Ndigbo to take advantage of Nigeria’s Multi-Party Democracy to organize themselves in a political party of their choice to pursue their aspirations. It is a challenge we have taken up immediately.


There are several other ethnic Nationalities and political blocs in Nigeria who will very readily align with us in a Political Party that is ideologically driven and has express provisions in its manifesto registered with INEC, for the self-determination of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities, True Federalism, devolution of Power, State Police/Community Policing, Referendum, Release ofPolitical Prisoners or Prisoners of Conscience with Compensation, Resource Control, etc.

I am of the strong view that tension will be greatly reduced in Nigeria if the Constitution of Nigeria has a provision for an Exit Clause that enables any section of the country wishing to opt out of the Federation to do so peacefully in accordance with the law. The nation of Ethiopia has an Exit Clause in its constitution, which has effectively ended the ethnic wars that plagued the country for many years.

There is mutual respect and accommodation for all ethnic nationalities in Ethiopia as a result of which none has opted to invoke the provision of the Exit Clause. Subsequent governments in Ethiopia have treated all ethnic nationalities as equal stakeholders, with the awareness that each of the ethnic nationalities has the option of EXIT should they be pressed to do so.

It is fortuitous, that in recent times many eminent Nigerians such as General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Balarabe Musa etc have been speaking out in favour of an Igbo President of Nigeria. It is also interesting that our own Dr. Alex Ekwueme whose political party the PDP has zoned its 2019 Presidential ticket to the North, has been urging Ndigbo to contest for the President of Nigeria. The latest is the resolute statement of the new President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo that Ndigbo are poised to produce the President of Nigeria in 2019.

In conclusion, I wish to state that the political process is a viable and quicker option for us to address the Igbo question in Nigeria but it can only work if we wake up from our sulmber to take our destiny in our own hands by participating actively in the politics of Nigeria henceforth at wherever we are domiciled. The Era of lamentaion is over.

This is the time to stand to be counted. Ndigbo have the population and the national spread to align with ethnic nationalities and political blocs of like minds to make a huge difference. The action time is now.
Thank you for your audience.

Chief Dr Chekwas Okorie

Oje Ozi Ndigbo


Loading...

1 comment:

  1. Enter your comment...that's foolish idea for you

    ReplyDelete

Entertainment

[entertainment][horlab]

Business

[Business][horlab]

Tech & Startup

[Technology][horlab]

Church Blog

[Church Blog][horlab]

Opinion

[Opinion][horlab]

World News

[world news][horlab]