Igbo people across Nigerian have been asked to return to their home for a census that is to be conducted in the country soon.
The Nation is reporting that the call was made by the southeast caucus of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the umbrella body of registered political parties in the country.
According to the political group, the exercise will help to ascertain the actual population of Ndigbo and help in the distribution of infrastructure in the area.
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The organisation further called on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to free detained Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra detained over a year ago.
In a 10-point communiqué issues by IPAC after a two-day retreat in Umuahia, Abia state, the organisation condemned the “frequent and indiscriminate shootings and killings of innocent IPOB/MASSOB and unarmed protesters by security agencies who maintain a lackadaisical indifference in handling the armed and murderous Fulani herdsmen issues."
It called on the federal government to demonstrate a sincere commitment to eradication of this menace so as to erase the perception of bias and injustice.
The communique demanded for a review of the country’s constitution to reflect true federalism and the devolution of power to states so they can control their own resources.
“On Southeast governments to work urgently towards creating a conducive environment for living, industry, investment, tourism and trade, including the full establishment and functioning of the South East Nigeria Economic Commission which will facilitate integration, harmonization and cohesiveness of infrastructure and economic development of the South East Nigeria,” the communique read.
“On all South Easterners in various parts of the world to urgently invest their resources in the South East for the purpose of building a strong regional economy,” it added.
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Concerning Kanu, the group said: “We condemn the frequent and indiscriminate shootings and killings of innocent IPOB/MASSOB and unarmed protesters by the security agencies and maintain a lackadaisical indifference in handling armed and murderous Fulani herdsmen.
“IPAC South East associates herself with the fight against corruption by the present administration and equally commended the release of funds for the purpose of payment of salaries and pensions.”