Resolutions of Igbo Summit on Restructuring of Nigeria

The Igbo Summit was held on Monday 21 May 2018 at the Ekwueme Square Awka Anambra State Nigeria. The aim of the summit which was organised by Ohaneze Ndiigbo was to articulate the position of the Igbo People on the issue of the restructuring of the Nigerian State towards equity justice and fairness for all. The summit which had prominent sons and daughters of Ndiigbo including the members of the Indegenous People of Biafra IPOB came up with the following resolutions which was presented by the chairman of the Organising Committee Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
John Nwodo and Senator Ike Ekweremadu
  • Constitution of a national conversation for all Nigerians to discuss on how they want to live in Nigeria.
  • new constitution.
  • review of Nigeria’s democratic structure, demanding regional government and a review of the nation’s constitution.
  • enthronement of the principles of equity and fairness noting that this will help Nigeria achieve all-round development and solve its political and economic challenges.
  • convocation of a constituent assembly.
  • six-years single tenure for the president of Nigeria.
  • vice-presidentsdents from each of the geopolitical zones except the zone from which the president emerged from with the vice-presidents holding key ministries.
  • Rotation of the president among the geopolitical zones that make up Nigeria which includes the Southeast, Southsouth, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest and Northcentral.
  • Scrapping of local government system.
  • resource control by states.
  • removal of the state of origin clause and the creation of a merit and equal opportunities commission to replace the federal character commission.
  • Creation of additional state for the South East Geopolitical zone before considering creation of more states in the country among other demands as the position of the Igbo.
Prominent Igbo sons and daughters who were present at the summit include:
Host Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who was chairman of the event, President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Victor Umeh; renowned economist, Professor Pat Utomi, former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chikioka, Dr. Joe Nawaogu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Rita Maduagwu, representatives of Igbo in Diaspora, among many others.
While addressing the summit Deputy Senate President Professor Ike Ekweremadu together with other Igbo Lawmakers ratified the resolutions of the summit as presented by Professor Charles Soludo as the official legal position of the Igbo People of Nigeria.
In addition, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President during his address condemned the classification of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by federal government and demanded for the reversal of the tag.
Ekwerwmadu enjoined all to support the restructuring of Nigeria saying that the day was a historic day in Nigeria, and that the National Assembly would continue to network with other members in other parts of the country as no zone can effectively champion the restructuring campaign alone.
He said restructuring was for the benefit of all, and that no zone can truly claim to be the biggest beneficiaries of the restructuring campaign, as doing so would be a win, win situation for all zones of the country.
President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo stated that all the arms of Ohanaeze accepted the recommendations by the various committees that drafted the stand of Ndigbo on the restructuring, adding that Nigeria needed a constitution because “the present constitution was dead.”
In his speech, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, stated that in the life of any nation, there should be a time to pause and reflect into the past, reflect on the present and peep into the future, adding that though Igbo had a great past and great people that championed Nigeria’s Independence, they have not had a fair deal in Nigeria.
He said: “Today, things are no longer the way we want them. In as much as I believe that the future of the Igbo is great, there are some concerns. In 1966, Igbo didn’t know about the coup, but they were slaughtered in the civil war that lasted 30 months.
He said: “We have made the most sacrifices and more often than not, we have also paid the supreme price for the unity of this country. But we have made these sacrifices in the belief that in the contemporary history of mankind, the road to nationhood is often paved with the blood of patriots. Indeed, Ndigbo have paid the price for Nigeria’s greatness. We paid in blood. We paid in full!
“The future summons us to a brighter dawn! And we must walk in the shadows of our fathers. Yes, our fathers played a major role in Nigeria’s long road to independence. And today, we have gathered to dream a balanced federation into existence for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“I have combed the pages of history and our contemporary times. And I boldly declare that I did not find a perfect human society anywhere. Every nation on earth is a work in progress. Citizens of both advanced and developing countries continue to ask their countries hard questions that will lead them to a better federation, a better nation and a better society. And Nigeria cannot be an exception to this rule. So, we must ask Nigeria hard questions too!
“The question on everyone’s mind today is ‘what kind of country do Nigerians want Nigeria to be?’ This is the question that will determine Nigeria’s promise; Nigeria’s future and Nigeria’s greatness. Happily, different ethnic groups and geo-political zones have made bold efforts to ask this question in recent times. And today, Ndigbo will ask their own!
“As governor of Anambra State, I was born and raised in Nigeria and I have lived in Nigeria for the better part of my life. I have lived the Nigerian Dream and felt Nigeria’s Heartbreaks. I know what my people want from Nigeria and the question we must ask of Nigeria. We must ask what every forward looking people want from any socio-political arrangement – life, liberty and a chance to raise happy families. We must ask for a just, fair and equitable federation where every citizen is guaranteed the freedom to be the best they can be and to aspire to the highest position in the land regardless of their tribe, culture or religion. And this is what Nigeria in its present structure, has not given to us!
“We have answered the call of history. And hopefully, history will be kind to us. If our fathers invested their youthful hopes and the power of their intellect in the Nigeria of their time, we have invested our wealth, our enterprise and our emotion in remaking Nigeria.

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