- It is time for the various tribes in Nigeria to review the basis for their coexistence, Senator Emma Nwaka has said
- Nwaka who lamented that Igbos were marginalised, recommended the implementation of the Aburi Accord
- According to him, the accord encapsulates all that is required for Nigeria to stay united
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Abia state, Senator Emma Nwaka has said it is time to renegotiate the structures of a new Nigerian state.
Nwaka, a third republic’s senator who represented Abia North senatorial zone in the Senate, made his stance known in an interview with The Authority.
Nwaka posits that there is urgent need for the tribes in Nigeria to review the basis for their coexistence.
He also recommended the implementation of the Aburi Accord, adding that the accord encapsulates all that is required for Nigeria to stay united.
Nwaka contended that for the unity of Nigeria to be guaranteed, the various ethnic nationalities in the country should re-negotiate basis for their continued existence.
He decried the continued marginalisation of Ndigbo by the federal government since after the Nigeria civil war.
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He maintained that Nigeria does not need a new conference to chart ways to remain together as a united entity as the Aburi document encapsulates all that is required for Nigeria to stay united.
His words: “I believe in the spirit of Biafra in the context of one Nigeria. What we should be calling for is the renegotiation of the basis of our coexistence. To achieve this we need no new conference. The Aburi document contains all that we need.
“It’s not in Igbo interest to consider violent secession from Nigeria as an option much as there’s no denying the fact of our marginalisation in the scheme of things in today’s Nigeria.”
Senator Nwaka, however, advised Ndigbo against violent secession saying the sacrifices are colossal.
“It’s not in Igbo interest to consider violent secession from Nigeria as an option much as there’s no denying the fact of our marginalisation in the scheme of things in today’s Nigeria,” he added.
He advised that Ndigbo should rather seek recognition and actualisation of their dream in a united Nigeria than to separate.
“Thank God for the Biafran spirit which has enabled us to hold our own against all odds? We have in the wake of the war contributed so much in the development of Nigeria.
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“We therefore have as much stake as any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria. So we must stay and fight for our right in the country. Nothing will be achieved by chickening out only to go and confine ourselves in one corner.
“So let no one stampede Igbo into another round of suffering. Only those who were not there when we had to carry on our head just a few of our earthly possessions trekking long distances in order to get the homeland will be championing that," Nwaka concluded.
Meanwhile, the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has warned that Nigeria is on the verge of another civil war following the yet-to-be addressed incessant killings of other Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.
Bakare spoke during his sermon on Sunday, May 28 where he declared that Nigeria "is moving towards another collapse" with the division among different groups and violence in the country.
Watch Acting President Yemi Osinbajo talk about the Biafra war on Legit.ng TV below: