- Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy Senate president, says the Igbos in Nigeria are not happy
- Ekweremadu argues that the southeast suffers from the way the country is structured
- The politician wants the country to practice true federalism and rotational presidency
Immediate past deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has declared that the southeast zone can truly make progress if Nigeria is properly structured.
Ekweremadu made this position known when he spoke as chairman during the second Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu memorial lecture in Anambra state.
Vanguard reports that Ekweremadu noted that the Igbos are not happy in the country adding that this was so because of many reasons.
According to the senator, there is an obvious imbalance in the structure of the country and this has resulted in some grievances.
The lawmaker complained that in the Senate, for example, the southeast has 15 legislators and is the least. He argued that while this was so, a zone of the country has 18 while another has 21.
He also lamented that the southeast does not enjoy as much as some zones in the distribution of national wealth and revenue. To him, the zone is seriously affected in the revenue sharing formula of the country.
“Ndigbo have many grouses which have made them not to be satisfied in the system, among which are the distribution of national wealth and infrastructure.
"This state of affairs does not make south east to move forward. This has resulted in agitations getting to a crescendo in recent years," he said.
He, however, declared that the Igbos can make progress.
“There is a need for true federalism, separation of powers, structural balance, rotational presidency, issue of local government creation, six-year one tenure for the president, among others," he added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Ekweremadu recently reiterated the need for decentralisation of the police to enable the country to overcome its security challenges.
He further called on leaders at all levels of governance to rededicate themselves to an egalitarian society marked by justice for all.
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