Igbo present demands for National Confab

 The Presidential Advisory Committee on the proposed national conference yesterday met with the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, alongside other stakeholders in the South-east zone with the body presenting 10 strong demands to the committee.

President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Igariwey, who presented a memorandum  that contained the  position of the region, emphasized that the issues to be discussed  during the conference should include  among others, Nigeria’s political structure, forms of  government/ tenure, power of the tiers of government /devolution and revenue and fiscal federalism, derivation and distribution.

 Others include citizenship right, structure of the armed forces and other security agencies to improve the security of lives and property, population and census issues, religion and secularism as well as the place of traditional rulers and institutions.

Chief Igariwey also spoke on what should form the structure of the conference, its size and composition, method of selecting delegates, legal framework of the conference as well as its duration.  The memorandum was signed by Igariwey and other prominent Igbo sons such as Senator Ken Nnamani, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Dr. Sam Egwu, Prof. Ukwu I. Ukwu, among others. 

The Ohanaeze leader, who said he spoke on behalf of all Ndigbo both at home and in the Diaspora, said: “We insist on equal representation of the six geo-political zones of the country. We propose 60 delegates from each zone, and since this conference is essentially about ethnic nationalities, it is expected that each zone should bring ethnic nationalities in their zone, and special interest groups such as women labour union, youth, religious groups and the disabled. Political parties should not play any role in the selection of the delegates.”  The Ohanaeze recommended 60 delegates per zone, giving a total of 360 delegates in all. 

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