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Ndigbo insists on six zones for Nigeria

The group demanded proper application of the secularity of the Nigerian State

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it would not back down on its request for the recognition of the six zonal structure for the country.

The group stated this in a communiqué issued after its General Assembly meeting on Sunday.

The communiqué was signed by Ben Obumselu, a professor, on behalf of the Communique Drafting Committee. It was forwarded to South East delegates at the ongoing National Conference on Thursday.

Ohanaeze is the main umbrella organisation of the Igbo in the five south eastern states, namely Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra as well as some parts of Delta State.

The organisation thanked the Igbo delegates for the “good work they are doing and are still doing.”

However, it said, “Ndigbo reaffirm our support for six zonal structure in solidarity with the South West, South-South and all delegates that share our common view on the way forward.

“Ndigbo unanimously affirm that we stand on the six zonal structure.”

On power devolution, the organisation restated that power should be devolved to the zones. It also insisted on proper application of the secularity of the Nigerian State.

“We affirm that Citizenship Rights should prevail as contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Ohanaeze said.

The communiqué was, however, silent on the issue of another state for the zone. The South East is the only zone with five states.

The organisation’s re-affirmation of its agenda at the National Conference came two days after another Igbo group, Igboezue, slammed the zone’s delegates for their “abysmal performance.”

The group in the statement by its leader, Chekwas Okorie, said it was worried that the core issues which persuaded Ndigbo to embrace the Conference with great enthusiasm and hope had no potential of being discussed.

It warned that it would not hesitate to mobilize other Igbo groups to decide the fate of the zone in the Nigerian project if it does not get a fair deal at the Confab.

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