- The agitation for another state in the southeast region of Nigeria seems to have been reactivated
- A former leader of the influential Ohanaeze Ndigbo is leading the aspiration which was approved in the 2014 national conference
- The agitation has now been taken to the National Assembly for it to get a legal backing and support of the legislature
Some Igbo leaders led by Chief John Nwodo, former president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday, February 10 visited the National Assembly to demand the creation of another southeast state from Enugu.
Nwodo met with all the key officials in the National Assembly to push for the new state which he called 'Adada' adding it was approved at the 2014 national conference.
Responding to the demand during a meeting with the delegation, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said it is a legitimate agitation.
The Cable quoted him as saying;
“It is a constitutional and legitimate agitation.”
In a related development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decried the exclusion of southeast military personnel in the recent service chiefs appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The socio-cultural group made its stance known in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, and seen by Legit.ng.
Quoting the president-general of Ohanaeze, George Obiozor, the statement said:
“One way of ensuring compliance with the federal character provision of the Nigerian constitution is to observe the distribution of important and vital offices of the federal government in accordance with the zonal structure.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo hopes and believes that Mr. President in continuation of appointments in this sector would consider the southeast zone.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari has named Dr. Uzoma Emenike as Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America.
Emenike from Abia state is currently the Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, with concurrent accreditation to Iceland. With her new role, Dr. Emenike will be replaced by Obiezu Chinyerem at the embassy in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
With her appointment, Dr. Emenike has made history as the first female Nigerian ambassador to the USA.