Thursday 17th August, 2017
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Ohanaeze demands more states, LGAs for S'East

Ohanaeze demands more states, LGAs for S'East

Leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo have de­manded the imme­diate creation of additional states and local government areas for the South East geopolitical zone – to bring the zone at par with other re­gions in the country.
 
With only five states, the South East has the least number of states in the country while others have six states respectively ex­cept the North West which has seven states.
Ohanaeze National Pres­ident, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in a press statement issued on Tuesday, frowned at the lopsidedness against Ndig­bo in the political structure of Nigeria, saying it could no longer be tolerated.
In the statement signed by Ohanaeze National Dep
 
uty Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, the pan-Ig­bo body urged the Feder­al Government to initiate urgent steps to correct the anomaly before the 2019 general elections.
 
Ohanaeze insisted on the restructuring of Nigeria to give all the ethnic nation­alities a sense of belonging.
The statement read in part: “Ndigbo are at present shortchanged by the least number of states and local governments at their dispos­al compared to other zones of the country.”
“They have lost more than N300 billion for this deliberate shortchange by those who feel they are the owners of Nigeria”.
According to Ohanaeze, “whether by constitution­al or consensual means, the South East urgently needs additional states and local governments”.
Ohanaeze also threw its weight behind Prof. Ma­duike Ezeibe of Michael Ok­para University of Agricul­ture, Umudike, Abia State who recently claimed that he discovered the cure for Human Immunodeficien­cy Virus and Acquired Im­munodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/ AIDS).
The apex Igbo socio-cul­tural body expressed dismay that instead of commending and encouraging the inven­tor for his scientific break­through, some federal agen­cies resorted to unnecessary criticisms and baseless con­demnation.
“A situation where re­search findings in Nigeria are ethnicised rather than critically investigated with a view to ascertaining their ve­racity is condemnable. That act discourages research and discoveries,” Ohanaeze said.
The group, therefore, called on the National As­sembly to intervene in the matter and save the inven­tor from the unwarranted attacks by “retrogressive el­ements and ethnic bigots.”

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