A former governor of Anambra State, Okwadike Chukwuemeka Ezeife has revealed the reason the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is getting respect from the other group calling for the actualization of Biafra.
Ezeife who said this in an interview with Vanguard said some Igbo leaders talked to Kanu before and they are still doing so.
He is a very determined youth. That is why he is where he is now. But he has to watch it. We have cautioned him against making bad mistakes.
He was alleged to say that without referendum on Biafra, there would be no elections in Anambra. I don’t know whether he said it or not. He seems to have good intentions but I think he doesn’t know enough.
What is wrong is that many people seem to believe and go along with anything he says. He appears to be very humble, kind, determined and because of that, he has a lot of people who believe in him and obey him. But a lot of people are wrong in obeying him.
How things work is different from what he knows. He cannot say no to election in Anambra. If there is no election in Anambra, which government continues in Anambra? Anarchy or what? If there is no election in Anambra, who upholds what? Are we going into war?
See, many countries have gone to war. Look at what Boko Haram has done to the North-East. Look at countries that fought war in Africa and elsewhere. We have talked to him so that he doesn’t spoil what he has achieved already. He shouldn’t spoil everything.
The sit-at-home directive was obeyed but it was not by the strength of any organisation. People died. We lost men. So I think it is our responsibility to make things work but not to throw away the baby with the water.
Restructuring Reiterating the call for the restructuring of Nigerian, Ezeife said the restructuring being clamoiured for by the Igbo leaders is to transform Nigeria as a whole.
Every part of Nigeria, the Middle-Belt, parts of North-West and North-East; the entire South. The restructuring we want is going back to the agreed Nigeria.
We agreed on something before the war. We have found that we are going backward in every direction. Therefore, we have to get back to going forward.
We need to have a federal government where there is fiscal federalism and the way to go is to go back to the federating units or regions running their own affairs.
We have to go back to how it used to be when we had the regions and we run our individual regional affair. The zones, the regions or federating units this time should be in control of its security. Therefore, there should be zonal police and state police.
He explained further that the federal police should be at the borders like the army and the imolenetatuon of the 2014 confab report.
The kind of restructuring we want is not difficult at all because it is on paper. The independent constitution of Nigeria, federal and regional are still available.
It is available now. The report of the 2014 Conference which was a best organised conference, best attended, best in terms of coverage, in terms of people from various areas, even youths, old men, old women, men, women; disabled, able; all kinds of people were represented in the 2014 conference.
And they reached agreement on almost everything. Only on a few things were agreements not reached.
There was total agreement in other things. Therefore, we have the raw materials to work with. What we need now is the realisation that time is running out and before the end of November, there must be a gathering to fine-tune things.
Whether you call it a national conference or whatever, we must gather to fine-tune things, maybe for at least six mouths.