- The federal government has been asked to create additional states and more local governments in the southeast
- The demand was made by a foremost Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
- The group decried the losses Ndigbo incurred for having the least number of states and local government areas in Nigeria
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a foremost Igbo socio-cultural organization, has asked the federal government to send an executive bill to the National Assembly for the immediate creation of additional states and more local governments in the southeast.
Chuks Ibegbu, spokesman of the organisation, in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, September 10, decried the losses Ndigbo incurred for having the least number of states and local government areas in Nigeria.
“These losses are unquantifiable. In monetary terms, it's more than two trillion naira annually. Everything in Nigeria is shared based on states and local governments, and we have the least in this scenario,” he said.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Chief Olabode George recently warned that any attempt to dump power rotation in the country may jeopardize or scuttle the nation’s democracy.
George, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP, made the assertion in an interview with a national newspaper.
According to him, zoning is the pillar that has been helping to hold Nigeria together, adding that it cannot just be abandoned as the country prepares for another round of elections in 2023.
Recently, eleven politicians from the southeast were listed by a political pressure group, the Igbo for President Solidarity Congress (IPSC), as possible candidates for the Igbo presidency in 2023.
The group in a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, August 27, said the agitation for Biafra will be quelled if Nigeria produced a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Recall that a group, Ndigbo Lagos, declared that the zoning of the next Nigerian leader should be rotated to the southeast geo-political zone and not to any other Igbo speaking zone.
The umbrella body of the Igbo nationality groups disclosed this in a statement signed by its president-general, Gen Obi Umahi (Rtd), on Friday, August 21.
According to Ndigbo Lagos, when it is the turn of other Igbo speaking zones they can seek the office of Nigerian president from where they fall into either south-south or northcentral.
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