The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has proposed a 6-year single term for president and governors as a panacea to the country’s political problem.
Presenting the resolutions at a one day summit on restructuring of the Nigerian federation, tagged, “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018”, the Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee, Prof. Charles Soludo, further called on the federal government to adopt the report of 2014 National conference.
The group also demanded for the creation of one more additional state for the South-East zone, as well as scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited.
He said the resolution already ratified by all the component arms of Ohaneze, equally demanded the re-drafting of the current constitution of Nigeria which he described as the product of military adulteration.
“Ohaneze demanded for the scrapping of state of origin and advocate its replacement with residential rights whereby a Nigerian has full right in any place he/she resides for ten years,” he said.
On the six-year-single tenure, the group noted that six vice presidents from each of the six geo-political zones should be elected, while the governorship seat should be rotated among the senatorial districts.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, also speaking said that he will sponsor a Bill on restructuring.
He said he was fully behind his colleagues from the southeast in adopting the position when presented at the National Assembly.
Also speaking, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, said the present constitution of the country was written to the disadvantage of the Igbo people, stressing that until significant changes were made, the Igbo people would not get fair treatment in the country.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Sen. Ike Nwachukwu, called on the people of Middle Belt to lend their support to the restructuring struggle by identifying with the South-East, South-South and South-West, as that would benefit them as well.