I can’t create new state for South East–Ekweremadu

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•Says new constitution’ ll be ready in July 2013

From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja

The clamour for states creation in the ongoing Constitution Review exercise yesterday suffered a setback with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review (CRC), Ike Ekweremadu saying the National Assembly’s hands are tied over the issue.

Speaking against the background of agitations from the South East for an additional state and the Babel of voices demanding for new states during last weekend’s public sessions on Constitutional Review, Ekweremadu told the agitators to acquaint themselves with Sections 8 and 9 of the 1999 Constitution.

Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, Ekweremadu also said that it was foolhardy of anyone to expect any lawmaker to make a pronouncement on states creation and actualize it.

The Deputy Senate President spoke ahead of the commencement of a two-day zonal public hearing convened by the Senate in the country’s six geopolitical zones on Thursday.

His words: “The issue of states creation is very rigorous, 109 senators are involved, 360 members of the House of Representatives are also involved and all the members of the 36 states Houses of Assembly are also involved. There is certainly no way an individual will have an agenda and muscle in that agenda. It’s basically unthinkable. “On this issue of state creation, I will also refer you to Section 8 of the Constitution.

Things are clearly stated there and there’s no way an individual will just wake up and say he wants to create a state. “I don’t think the South-East should expect either myself or any other person to announce that they are creating a state either tomorrow or next tomorrow. That is not what the Constitution says. “They would naturally follow the procedure which the Constitution has provided and I hope that this. I have deliberately explained this, so that, nobody would say that I came back from Abuja and I didn’t bring a state for him.

“That is not what the Constitution says. The Constitution has laid down the procedure for states creation. Anybody looking for state creation must naturally follow the procedure as laid down by Section 8 of the Constitution. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. I think we need to do more enlightenment for Nigerians to understand this process clearly. It’s not just enough to come to the National Assembly with requests for state creation.”

Throwing more light on the procedure, Ekweremadu noted, “you would require the votes of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the states Houses of Assemblies, councillors and the ordinary people from where the state would be created. “I don’t think it’s something someone can sit down in the National Assembly or anywhere and say, ‘oh, he has created a state.’ It’s impossible to have a hidden agenda in this process.

The Constitution is clear on how it would be done and it must be done transparently and there’s no hiding anything under the table. “I was in Enugu last Sunday where I met with my own constituents and I made it clear to them that, see, Nigerians are confusing things and that is why anyone can begin to expect that at the end of this exercise, somebody will come up and announce that so and so state has been created.

“That is not going to happen because the Constitution has made provisions for that. The issue of state creation is different from what we are doing because if you look at section 8 and section 9, you would see that they are two different issues..” Ekweremadu then explained that any section of the country that desires a new state must necessarily go through constitutional provisions, failing to which, such requests will not scale through.

“Any group that wants a state can necessarily start the process without any requirement of a Committee of the Senate or the House of Representatives, dealing with the issue of Constitution amendment. “It’s something that can completely run its own course without involving the Committee. Now, what is going on really is that Nigerians are making their requests on states creation based on the fact that they believe that, maybe, these two committees, the Senate and the House of Representatives can come up with the criteria that would favour them.

I’ve explained this, we are supposed to make laws for order and good governance of this country and I believe that in doing so, as part of this exercise, what we can naturally do is; we have 56 requests for states creation and as responsible citizens of Nigeria, we can advise our colleagues on how many states can possibly be created and if the system can sustain it.

“If for instance we say, well, in the circumstance, that maybe the Nigerian system can contain maybe, three states, four states or even eight states, we can possibly advise on how these states would be allocated to the various parts of the country. “Then, naturally, the people who are requesting for states, can still go ahead to generate their requests and if they have done so, they would have to submit it to the National Assembly and they would also generate resolutions of the requisite authorities.

“It’s something that you expect that at the end of the Constitution Amendment exercise, that this committee or indeed, the National Assembly would announce that states would be created. That is not going to happen. “If you look at Section 8, it’s almost like passing a big snake through the eye of a needle in getting a state created.

So, anybody asking for state should go back and do a better homework; coming to the National Assembly with a request is not just enough to get a state created. Also responding to comments attributed to Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso over purported hidden agenda in the amendment, Ekweremadu said: “I’m used to cynical statements and doubts but I don’t allow myself to be distracted.

I don’t get myself involved in things that do not work. When we started the process in 2009, some of you seated here didn’t believe it would work but we succeeded in amending the Constitution. I don’t get distracted by people who don’t believe in the process, I don’t believe in people of little faith. I don’t want them to distract me; I focus on the prize. For me, it’s a mere distraction.

“We are determined to amend the Constitution because it’s what the people want. We are going to put all the cards on the table; we are going to put all the issues before Nigerians; before our people in the National Assembly and our people would vote. “It’s naive for anybody to think that anybody is being targeted or whether any section of Nigeria is being targeted. It doesn’t make sense at all! I want Nigerians to give us the benefit of the doubt as they’ve always done.

We’ll do our best and let history judge us.” Ekweremadu, however, reiterated the Senate’s commitment to giving Nigerians, a new Constitution by July 2013. His words: “As I pointed out sometime in June this year, our target is to ensure that we conclude work by the third quarter of 2013.

That should be in July so that it is steered clear of the politics of 2015 general elections. “Collation of inputs will end by this last quarter of 2012 to enable us submit our report to the Senate by March 2013. hoped that debates will have commenced by April 2013.

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    • Do you know that there is a clause in the amalgamation document that after 100 years of the experiment, any section of the country can decide to stay or opt out? Forget ekweremadu and his like from any part of nig. Pass on the information that nigeria will officially end by 2014 because I don’t think that any part of nig apart from the north will want to be part of this evil union called nig after 2014

  1. Dede Ekweremadu no jst fuck up o, u hear? Bcos if u do no com back 2 south east jst follo aboki dem dey go ok. Tank u and God bless u.

    • YES, I WONDER WHAT EKWERENMADU IS DOING IN ABUJA AND OTHER SENATORS AND REPS FROM SOUTHEAST, BECAUSE OF KANO STATE THREATHENS THEY CHICKEN OUT,
      WHAT GOOD ARE THESE MEN TO US?
      NORTHERN POLITICIAN ARE SUPPORTING BOKO HARAM, LET OUR PEOPLE BEGIN TO SUPPORT BIAFRA.

  2. Ejike, what do you mean by that reckless comment? Go and read Section 8 of the Constitution first before you start talking. Can’t you see beyond your nose? Can’t you see that the North has gotten all they wanted and practically dumped the rest of the country, especially the South East in the cold? Can’t you see that given the constitutional provisions, that all the State Assemblies, including Kwankwaso’s Kano State will have to vote yes? How is that going to happen when bigots like Kwankwaso and many of his northern brother Governors rule like Lords of the Manor in the North? Chei! Egwu dikwa o. Agwo no na akirika o. Dede Ekweremadu, Chukwu gbaagi ume. Ndi ugwu emela anyi iwa. Ka ona edegodu

    • @ Rex ukoh only ibos can talk the way you talk,and let me remind you about one probarb concerning northern nigeria and the rest of the country upon all what ibos are cousing in the north like killing and armed robbery that they are commiting but ,na gaba yayi gaba na baya sai labari.

  3. Northern conspiracy. We can see more reason why what the country is operating is not a Constitution. In fact, my grandfather messed up. If they had seen what Ojukwu saw decades ago, the South would not have been in this bondage. God dey sha

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  5. @Izuogu, section 8 states that Sen Ekweremadu can not on his own creates another states in Igboland. Chikena…Odinnma!

  6. The ongoing constitution amendment should then start with that section of the constitution and amend it. Why should a democratic government be so tied by a constitution forced on her by a group of juntas? After all South East was not represented in all the arbitrary state creations in Nigeria by the military. It is a shame and dangerous following sheepishly , that 1999 military nonsense called constitution

  7. Igbo people are neva united in anything they do.Ekweremadu is now a Judas,he can’t help his own people 2 realize they dreams,with his position.Hahahahahahaha don’t make me laugh cos d igbo political heirachy is d problems of d igbo race.Afta dey don eat national moi-moi finish they wil nw tell d igbo elites dat nigeria govment is bad,& d poor igbotic masses wil beleive them.Oh! what a pity.

    • Your fathers are responsible for this nonsense.but do not laugh yet as your laghter would soon be turned into sorrow.Then you would realise that he who laughs last laughs best.That is the way it is,boy.

  8. What did section 8 and 9 says?And what stops deputy presido from proposing that BILL for fair share and his telling us about section 8 and 9.if the constitution support injustice den he must speak up to his colleagues about this.fair share is what we want IKE.

    • Anthony I Efobi on

      THIS IS THE TYPE OF STATEMENT THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH A WEAK MAN, A FUILURE, A COWARD, A STUDGE, AND A LAZY MAN.
      This man is just a coward and had failed to live up to expectation. He has failed us already b4 the sharing of State and Csttional amendment. This is not man enough. His constituency should recall him back without delay. He is a sellout and not dodged comrade enough to represent any section of Igbos.
      Anyi ga alata n’ulo. Okwali agbasia oso, aguo mile. Nwoke onye ujo ndi ugwu awusa, olee mgbe iga abu ezigbo nwa afo Igbo. Na ele gi ka umu MOSSOB ga egbu. Oleela umunne ya tupu oge oke eluo. Ihele gbuo gi na Abuja ino. Onwu gbulu Ojukwu, kamu n’aju ajuju. Ihe n’ile e emezuola umu Igbo. Chukwu kele umu Igbo ka mu na-agwa n’oji anyi nnukwu ugwo onye nzoputa. Bikozienu, zityelunu anyi onye nzoputa tata na echi.
      This is a struggle he has a good cause and case to execute without fear or favour. Listen to ur early stupid sellover excuses. Sections 8 and 9. Why can’t u amend it first to clear allowance ground for fairness, equity and justice? Now is not in the power of National and State Lawmakers to make law that will establish a new state, simply bcos u as a one of the prominent Igbo failure has given up b4 to so needed radicality. Look at heart braking news this empty coward is telling we Igbos. I think this Nigeria is tearing in secton already for sparing that section 8 and 9. Same on to Deputy Senate President of this failed entity called Nigeria.
      Anthony – United Kingdom.

  9. You want to give us a better constitution with the cumbersome section 8 there. Excuses are for failures, at long last you achieved nothing only long grammar where inequity reign in you own domain. There is a great difference between achievers and oppurtunist, your are a great leader indeed, inshort you just occupied space and time in the national assembly. Phd in impossibilities.

  10. Additional state is our right in the south east, when aboki soldiers were creating states anyhow in the military era for north,nobody consulted section 8 and 9 but now ndigbo wants equity everybody in abuja must gather to delibrate.

  11. @ Mary , ebi like say Ekweremadu na you boy friend that’s why you saying this rubbish. What did he explain to you. WHO BE US ?
    Ekweremadu has been subdued by the north that’s why he is talking nonsense. I listen to the interview of the former governor of Nasarawa state yesterday, it is obvious that the north do not want the south east to have additional state.
    We have been short change for a long time so it is either the additional state or we make this nation ungovernable for whosoever that is ruling it because from every indication, all that Nigeria hear quick, quick is the language of destruction.
    If you want is in a peaceful way, then you must be prepared to wait till thy kingdom come.

  12. Nigerian in diaspora on

    I really appreciate Ike Ekweremadu how he clearly explained this to Nigerians. If every things going on in this country should have been followed this way, due process without compromise there will not be any corruption in the country. If evetything will be done by strongly upholding or abiding to the law and everybody who so ever be under the law, then Nigeria will be the best place to be.

  13. The Deputy senate President, Ikekweremadu is comfused. There is no equality in the system. Any section of the constitution that makes Ikekweremadu’s snake impossible to pass through his eyes should be treated first. Then, another state should be created in S/E to bring the region to politacal harmony with others.

  14. IS THE PROBLEM OF THE IGBO PEOPLE REALLY THE IGBO PEOPLE? I SEE IGBOS AS ALWAYS TRYING TO BE GOOD PEOPLE AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY CARRY BLAMES. THAT WAS THE SAME WAY SOME MILITARY MEN OF MAINLY IGBO EXTRACTION TRIED TO SANITIZE NIGERIA FROM THE HANDS OF CORRUPT NIGERIANS ESPECIALLY FROM NORTH AND WEST IN THE FIRST NIGERIAN COUP WAS SEEN AS BAD BY YORUBA.
    ME THINK IT IS TIME WE START LOOKING INWARDS, THIS IS BECAUSE IF IT WAS ONE ABOKI THAT IS SENATE PRES, HE WOULD CREATE MORE STATES FOR HIS PEOPLE. IF IT IS ONE SABO YORUBA MAN, HE WOULD DO THE SAME. HOW CAN THE SOUTH EAST WITH SUCH A HIGH POPULATION HAVE JUST FIVE STATES? YET ANOTHER OJUKWU IS ON THE WAY. NIGERIA WILL BE WORSE THAN SOMALIA.

  15. IKE, IKE, IKE. How many times did I call you? 3 times. If you know what is good for you and your kinsmen, do it… or else, or else… heeeh! Ike Ekweremadu, jikwe ire gi guo eze gi onu. Ejikwena aka gi nye onwe gi exile. Ka Chineke mezie okwu. Aman!

  16. Oga Ekweremadu, where is the section 8 and 9 before the proposal? why not tell us before, it is now that you people hang our hope that section 8 and 9 has to come to work here? but on ur statement last time u said that additional state in the S/east is must. bikonu menu ka odima ayiyo

  17. Abeg if u r talking abt constitution review or not, we dnt wnt 2 hear dat here in south west, u must creat state of us expecially in oyo state. I use dis medium opportunity 2 urge d sen president 2 do dis amendment of constitutn on tym? Gud luk 2 all indigbo

  18. No one can be certain who this our Ekweremmadu is addressing. But his rigmarolling and circumlocution seem to have betrayed his clear understanding of what his people think of Nigeria, short-changed states and other political injuries they suffer. Say Ekweremmadu, so you don’t have your brothers, Igbo leaders, to confide to and advice on this matter? I ask you, a father who is giving advice to his household from the streets, doesn’t he have a house? Our leaders are making me to restrain myself from exclaiming; Anyi ga ama ihe mana o ga abukwa n’ikpeazu.

    • He was merely dancing to the gallery. To tell his Aboki brothers that he is with them. His disdain for the leadership in Igboland and Igbo values speaks volumes. These days, Ekweremadu’s words in Toronto and in Lagos against creating new states are the reference words by anti Igbo opponents of new state in the southeast .

  19. If u guys can not make equity possible of which creating one additional state is part of then u guys have just been wasting tax payers’ money in the name of jamboree called constitution ammendment nonsense, why am I even surprise

  20. If Nigerians should tell our Selivs a bitter TRUTH it is possible to give SouthEast one more State to say sorry for
    the injustice done to them all these years God Bless Nija

  21. Ekweremadu let me tell u if u did not creat any state in south east that means u ar finish.don’t even com back here wot ar u doin there? Ppl that elected u knows why and now that u suppose to do ur work u ar clamoring lik dog fool.don’t creat and com back u will suffer 4 it mad man.

  22. james odoememe on

    I said it. The first shot has being fired. I can now see that the igbos do not have king. What is this DSP of the abokis talking about? Well, finish your gramma and stay put in Abuja. With people like this fool how can the igbos make it in 2015?

  23. Brother, Sen Ekweremadu first and major thing to do is to include the section 8 and section 9 of the present constitution for amendments since that section is improper. We the Igbo’s can not and will NEVER accept any new constitution next year that is not (ALL INCLUSIVE). the best thing to do is stop this process of half/part amendment of 1999 constitution. Let the National Assembly convey a National constitutional Assembly to create a total brand new constitution in Nigeria for Nigerians, base on Equity, Justice and Love. Then if we all as a Nation choose Federal state structure,then the states MUST be equal in the six zones. This will only bring PEACE and PROGRESS in our country.

  24. ekweremadu oyaa tell them there, that majority of our people want biafra, you have seen that every law in nigeria was made against us. pass the motion in house that is the wish of the people your representing, if you didn’t do it don’t come back to south east. youths are coming for all of you.

    • Brother ( spanish guy) please dont be deceived ekweremadu or whatever is his name is not there for you but his pocket/s. from the outset he (ekweremadu) said that his hands are tied. the question is by who?? he should better untie it before its too late. i wont be surprised if he has collected SOMETHING which is their trade mark and sell his people away. assuming we did not vote for him he would have boasted how he wanted to take the igbos across the Red sea / house of bondage. he wants to please aboki for his re-election. big FOOL!

  25. Matthew Ikponmwonba on

    I have said this before and won’t relent in saying it again that if we as people from different ethnic background constituting a one nation called “Nigeria” allow our senses of reasoning to be beclouded with all sorts of corruption that ranges from Nepotism, Tribalism, Favouritism, Religious sentiment and what have you, we are bound to fail when it comes to deliberating on issues of national interest. However, I want to believed that there has always be some yardsticks used when creating more states. Proponents of more state creation in Nigeria should rather advance a convincing, objective, and constructive argument in it favour (i.e. more state creation) instead of giving a ridiculous reason as the need to equates or balance the states in each Geo-political region. There is also the need for us as Nigerians to look beyond our parochial interest. For instance, when we take a look at Nigeria map showing all the 36 states including Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) we ‘ll discover that the land mass of a single state in the Northern part of Nigeria such as Bornu, Bauchi, Yobe, Taraba, Niger, kaduna, Zamfara, etc is bigger than the entire South-East Geo-political Zone that is made up of five states. I am not saying land mass is the only parameter used for state creation as there are equally other factors to be considered. Suffice it to say that the agitators for the creation of more states are nothing but politicians who have been prostituting around the corridors of power and because they couldn’t get to the sit of power or probably because they had limited access to power and as such they now wanted their village to be created as a state in Nigeria so that they can have the whole revenue allocation to themselves and family members. Just like the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has raised a number of posers on the contentious issue.“Has the creation of more states allayed the fears of minorities and the feelings of marginalisation and domination…? Has it resulted in good governance and speedier development at state levels than we had before…? If it is meant to bring governance closer to the people, what then is the essence of the local government areas? Importantly too, is the proliferation of states, and even the extant ones, viable and self-sustainable?” please, let us continue to do whatever is worth doing with all our senses guiding us. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Anthony I Efobi on

      Stupid and foolish Matthew Akponmwonba. What are talking like a man filled with water without brain and blood? A man swimming on injustice? Pls get lost here bcos Igbos are commenting.
      U think that u are educated without knowing that ur knowledge was sank and tainted bias mind. Matthew, u lack equity and justice in ur person. Ur type pursue falacies insteade of living facts.
      U must me one of the educated idiots. Clear off from wise men forum.

  26. You are a big fool Ekweremadu you have nothing to offer to your Igbo people. One day God will visit you and you will account for all the wrongs you have done to your follow Igbo people because of money.

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  28. Ike, Don’t be worst than Boko. You should kept quite instead of disgracing yourself and people who voted you. You should be fighting for the southeast and not otherwise.

  29. Ike, let section 8 and 9 that is posing as a hindrance to people that has been marginalized from getting more State be amended first, so that that difficulty can give way. Let us for once be fair in this country. Amend it to enable South East have additional state to meet up with other zones, we cannot be saying this until the deaf start hearing.

    • How can section 8 be ammended? It still has to pass through the house and the senate and all the states in Nigeria house of assemblies. You people should stop blaming the senator and stop abusing other zones because you will need them to get that state whenver it is possible. All the Igbo leaders could do now is to start loybying other zones not fuming please.

        • @Anthony, I guess the truth hurt ehn? For your information, I cannot be a Igbo man but I an Ibo man. See how you contradict yourselves, you cry of marginalization and says I am jealous of Igbos. Tell me how can a marginalized people be envy at the same time? We Igbos should try to swallow our prides sometimes because you cannot eat your cake and have it.

  30. ALL THE REGIONS SHOULD HV EQUAL STATES IF NOT THE CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW WILL BE USELESS. ON THE OTHER HAND NIGERIANS MAY DECIDE TO GO BACK TO REGIONS, PERIOD.

  31. You can now see that reason why i called this enweremadu a fool starting from the day he said that any section of the country calling for break up should have a re-think. They are there only for their own enrichment not for the interest of the masses. Don’t worry because you will not remain a senetor forever ok.Just finish and come back home that is if you will ever,but let me remind you that Biafra as a Nation will not contain you and your likes.Idiot.

  32. Southeast gov said after their meeting that additional state in southeast is not negotiable. I use this medium to urge them to call this judas IKE EKWEREDEVIL to order before it is to late.

  33. Ekweremmadu will believe that you have done well, by letting we south easterners to know what is on ground. Okey answer this question! Do you think that without you as a deputy senate president now, to create a state to the south east will be 100% possible? Okey you may abandon that for now may be when the next Hausa man who is preparing to take away the both senate and deputy seat do that lgbos will then actualize the creation of state aby? Our problems should be blamed on our political leaders most because they have the full knowledge of achieving their monetary goals in politics, but never in favour of their people. Ekweremmadu if it is possible l would come to that Aso rock and be delegated on your behalf because this utterance from you, now is heading lgbos to a big disappointment but never. My advice goes to the entire south easterners to have the boldness of speaking with one voice this time. It is With the reason to achieve our mission of 7 or even 8 states because over years from 1967 till date dehumanization from yoruba and Hausa on the lgbos remains the major issue on ground. If not these cargoes, what is there in the creation of states? Something has to be done as early as possible before this month runs out, you will just begin to witness our opinions and agitations in action.

  34. Look Mr. Ekweremadu Additional 2 state is what we need in South East, so you have to do something and stop telling us Section 8 or Section dat of the Constitution.

  35. Ekweremadu should go and sit down and stop harlucinating. He should stop making useless comments about creation of more states. The NASS must give Nigerians what they want. It is as simple as that. What are those procedures to follow in creating new states? Ekweremadu plz spell them out for Nigerians to see and stop being selfish. South East needs another state and if other zones with 6 states already are given more again then South East must also be given more states to be at per with other 5 zones in Nigeria. Infact, it is better to make all zones equal in terms of number of states they have.

  36. This is a disappointing statement frm u, Ekweremmadu! ur statement lack hope, courage, focus, steadfasness n wot have u. For such a comment to come from a person like u is quiet disheartening. We shall not be discouraged cos victory is sure!

  37. Do we need to go to section 8 or 9 before we equalize in fair sharing. We have been in this state of 5 states in the South East geo political zone ever since. Is it not what our representatives would have fought for long since this new dispensation. Now that all other geo-political zones are gunning for more states it now looks as if they are dragging who will win. Our case shouldn’t have require sections before the approval. Let us equalize first, they we will now start gunning for more as others are doing. But our representatives are their for their families and friends. For you to even get letter of recommendation for job seeking from them is a tug of war. You can go to national assembly up to six months to be able to see Chris Anyanwu and that Bethel Amadi (Ikeduru Rep). More greese to their elbows.

  38. We are disappointed in you all, u mean Nigerians now follow constitutions? just because South East is demanding for more states. When its time for north to get one it will just happen in finger tip. Dont useless your time given, fight for the state creation now or never.

  39. OBICHUKWU CHRIS on

    If we are really practicing democracy,this man would not be able to win any position in the future because of this statement

  40. What this constution review all about.? Is it not to find the parts that are not suitable or too static and amend it. What military govt did in a blinking of eye is taking a democratic govt almost a decade to make a step forward. What type of constitution do … . What a hell are we pushed to? In this 21st century the igbos are paying for their breath in this entity called nigeria. God, where are you? Remember your children once again

  41. Udam Ochiaghandigbo on

    It is amazing how stupid people can be even if they are the second in command of the Senate and Chairman of Constitution Review Committee. This Ekweremadu of a guy has shown how stupid and inarticulate and dumb he is. Just as Jonas above asked “what is constitution review all about?” Is it not to review what we have currently which shortchanged the Southeast Zone by one state and address it by adding one more state to it to bring it in line with the number of states in other zones? Mr. Ekweremadu, you are not only a disgrace to the community you came from, but a TOTAL disgrace to the IGBO NATION.

  42. Interesting comments from different people and my joy is that awe Igbos are really united in this.Now Mr Ike Ekweremmadu let me ask you was it becouse of ranting and counter speach by Rabiu Kwankwanso against you thats why your now afraid of him and you didnt remember all along that there was Sec 8 and 9 in Constitution but now your telling us about it now becouse your afraid of Rabiu Kwankwanso traiting words and i still remember that thesame Kwankwanso told his Housa brothers in the Senate and House not to play dummy and that they should make sure that South East never get additional State.Ike Ekweremmadu if your afraid of the North the way i see it then let we the South East know and stop making excuses becouse i can still remember vividly how Sanusi Lamido Sanusi imposed his policies on w Nigerians and even you people in people the House and Senate and he succeed withouth even a challange from anybody,even wen he wanted to introduced Islamic bank and #5000 he almost succeed withouth any querry from the NASS.So Mr Ike Ekweremmadu man up and be man enought and take the Bull by the horn and create not only 1 State for the South East but 2 States to per it with Kano that has 7 States.I hope i have spoking the mind of my people Igbos

  43. for speaking in this manner in the public, ike ekweremadu u ar really really foolish, i mean how can u be saying something lik this in the public. just becos u want to be vice vice president of nigeria? betrayal!

  44. HISTORY MUST BE TOLD.PETERS on

    Oga,Mr.D.S.P, i want to ask, this section 8 or 9 u are captalizing on now, is it Baba God tht gave it to us, military or we ? Is not not human beings that made it. My BIG QUESTION now goes, Y cant it be amended, ?????? atleast to take care of these injustice that is being melted out to one section of this entity,i ask again, when will all these our so called leaders learn sumthin 4 God’s sake ?? wht will u tell ur children tht make u not to add value to ur tribe when u are in that position.i knew tht if its an hausa region tht is being cheated this way now, they must hve taken up arms and name it anythin to show their angers, just like one guy said up there, i now believe tht the only words Gov hear easily in this entity is VIOLENCE/Agrreesssion, if u needs anythin,u must take up arms b4 u can get that. maybe when they finish their dialogue with hausa that wanted sharia, and settle them with the sharia, then the S/E ppls will now take up arms against them to agitate for their additional state 4 Equity if they can not get tht throu constitutional means, i think that is wht they wants and they shld start preparing 4 tht.nonses-cable.

    Oga,Mr.D.S.P,still hve a word 4 u again, write u name in GOLD 2day in the hearts of ur brodas and siss as u mighty not have such chances again,try 1st and let it be tht it did not work and everyone will see,dnt just wake 4rm bed and star telling us that u cant create state on ur own,as we know what D.S.P means in GOvt. bring up the matter 1st with ur position to ur so called members and enlighten them on the reasons ur own region needed an additional state, bcos u cant be working on their own request alone every time pleasing them when they need sumthin and displeasing urself. A WORD IS ENOUGH 4 D WISE ONES.thk u and good luck.

    • what is the population of Igbos in the southeast compare to that of northwest in the last census? Guys just make unguarded comments to kill the man that has decided to tell the truth. Do you really there is section 8&9 before we start agitating for more states. it is not the number of states that matter but how well the states are govern.

  45. The comments of uninformed Igbos here confirmed that an average Igbo man is an irrational thinker.
    Ike has just explained what the constitution of Nigeria says on state creation, and instead of applauding the man for saying the truth my brothers on this page are blaming the senator.
    Blame the constitution and don’t kill the messanger please.

    • Go and get a real job and stop being a political carpet bager. Stop singing the praise of politicians who rape our treasury to pay someone like you. Some time ago, the Enugu state was embroiled in the Okwesilieze/Sullivan politics., How come their hands were not tied in obeying the constitution? How many governors obey the constitution – no how many pooliticians and theior contract partners? Who is deceiving who here. Ike Ekweremadu can come out of his cccoon and tell the Igbo people that he is incapable of representing them. He is making too much money and wopuld’nt want to get kicked out so he has to speak for his northern paymasters. By the way, when did come to pass that the Wawa had to think for the Igbo people. Go and sit down and eat your okpa delicacy.

    • UCHE MY BROTHER, IT SEEMS U TOO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE POSITION OF UR IGBO BROTHERS. SECTION 8 AND 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION MADE IT DIFFICULT TO CREAT A NEW STATE IN THE SOUTH EAST , THEN , HERE IS A CONTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT SESSION ON GOING WHERE THE IBO ARE SAYING THAT ALL ASPECT OF THE CONTITUTION MUST TOUCHED INCLUDING CREATING NEW STATE FOR THE SOUTH EAST. IT SI PART OF THE AMENDMENT. IT IS NON NEGOTIABLE.

  46. See how you insult your leaders, Many of you reason from anus, is it possible for Ekwerenmadu to create state by himself without the agreement from other geopolitical zone ? many of you just full of abuse without showing decorum, I think average black man is mentally disadvantage.
    @ Matthew Ikponmwonba you have said it all , big regard to the level of your intelligence.

  47. I PRAY MAKE QUAKE HEAT THIS NONSENSE COUNTRY, THAT HATE WE IGBOS FOR NOTHING. EKWEREMADU OR WHATEVER CREATING STATE IS NOT MY OWN PROBLEM I WANT BIAFRA. NIGERIANS IS KILLING WE IGBOS WITH NEW STYLE OF WAR. NO JOB FOR IGBOS YOUTH NO GOOD POSITION FOR IGBOS, LAGOS LASTMA IS AFTER IGBOS YOUTH GOD WHY US. PLZ BABA GOD FORGIVE US IF WE COMMITTED ANY THING B4 YOU BABA GOD WE HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH BABA GOD PLZ ARREST ALL THE NIGERIA WICKED POWER HOLDING, GO TO FIDELITY BANK YOU WILL SEE IBO MEN AND WOMAN PAYING MONEY INTO LAGOS STATE BANK ACCOUNT FOR TRAFFIC OFFENSE. IS ONLY IGBOS COMMITTEE THE OFFENSE NO. IS JUST BECAUSE THEY HATE US, I KNOW PEOPLE OF NIGERIA IS HEARTLESS. THE WAR IS NOT OVER AFTER STAVING VIEW IT ON THIS LINK: https://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=biafra+genocide+and+starving&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=38626820&biw=1280&bih=661&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=f9yjUNH_B83jrAfO5YGoBg WE WANT TO GO GOD HELP US OOOOOOOOO

  48. Sometimes I wonder what nigerians are up to.Many are clamouring 4 revolution while others want God to send us Jerry Rawlings.Rawlings method can never work in nigeria bc their will be massacre.4rm which tribe do you expect the rawling to emerge 4rm bc the igbo did that in 1966 but the whole north and soutwest turned against them.I think its the time for the yorubas to act.Dont sit on the fence,join the defence.

  49. Which Way Nigeria on

    Our stupid heads has sold us for suffer and untold hardship. We will continue to suffer if we don’t fight for our dear life and right. Yeye ekwensumadu.

  50. Dr. Sunnyfranklin .E. on

    ….Chey! NIGERIA, may God in His infinite mercy defend the less-privileged. The leaders have killed us, but none will go unpunished. I trust my God.

  51. All, all the people representing igbos today as governors, Nass members,ministers are more dangerous to igbos than yoruba/hausa fulanis.Let anybody prove me wrong.May God help us.

  52. Udam Ochiaghandigbo on

    @ Uche Okafor and DSTATE

    Where in the constitution that states that Islamic banking system should be introduced in Nigeria, which Sanisu, a foolani single-handedly introduced? (2) Where in the constitution of Nigeria does it state that there should be state Police? yet all the 12 Sharis states have their Police forces called HISBAH? …and the list goes on. So, brothers, reason before you write.

  53. What Mr Ekweremadu failed to tell us is how the already existing states were created. Did Gowon use sections 8 and 9 of the constitution Mr Ekweremadu is referring to? Did Babangida also use these documents? Where was the constitution when the Southeast was given only five states because, like the rest of Nigeria are saying, Igbos are defeated people and have no right in Nigeria.Mr Ekweremadu knew this all along, my question to him is, why has he not summoned his people, direct them, and help start the process? Why is he tgeaching us now about the constitution – just after coming back from Canada, now he becasme an erudite constitutional teacher. Action, they say is louder than voice. Mr Ekweremadu must of import, begin the process gleaning from his understganding of the laws to direct his people and set in motion what necessary ingredients to validatge tghe Southeast quest of additional state. The Southeast senators and legislators can go on demonstration on this anormaly. How come they do not have the power of persuasion, and they still believe they are more educated than their colleauges from the north and west? To me, the Ekweremadus and his ilks are failures for they represent themselves, and not their people. Sooner, he will start positionoing himself for the governorship of Enugu state. I urge him to help create another state in the Southeast, and then campaign for its governorship position. A teacher is of no use if he cannot educate and produce students who will be better than himself.

  54. sir nwendu ezike base in china on

    okeafor or what did u call urself,u want ekweremadu to respct nigeria section 8%9? fine,let me ask u?how many of our gov pples is respcting our constitution today. or any nigeria law?u want him to do that,pls go and check nigeria first cencus count u will see that after north next is igbos.so to explian to you ,even if ur checking by mass land or populations igbos need more state

  55. Let us be reasonable! Our Brothers from the South-East needs one more state to make the number of states in the zone to be 6 in number like any other political zones in the country.Remember that each political zone has 6 states except North-West that has 7 states.For God’s sake,for equity and justice,give them one more state.Are they asking much? If they are asking for much and you don’t want to create one more state for them,then you let them be-Give them Biafra! Why this hatred for the Ibos? Is this because of the Civil War? Remember,no Victor,no vanquish!
    If the National Assembly Members hands were tied in the area of creation of new states,who tied their hands? And whose Constitution are they trying to amend? I guess the Military made that Constitution for us.So if they can not create new states,their hand should also be tied from amending that Constitution because it was made by the Military.
    Since 1999 to date,I have not seen any law made by the National Assembly that ordinary man on the street benefited from.I stand to be corrected.Just tell me one!
    They (the National Assembly) have looted more than the Military Government.I wish the Military come and untie their hands by taking over the government and creating more states for us.And tackle the issue of Boko haram for us.To hell with the insincere democratic system of Government of Nigeria.
    You can call me a mad man!

  56. What do we expect from these hungry leaders?The likes of ekweremadu can not help us.The man is an ignorant. How can you complain about the constitution when ur about to mend that constitution?

  57. If i can get this UCHE OKAFOR, I must teach that idiot the lesson he will never forget for insulting an igbo man.I hope he must be an OSU just as his prostitute mum with HAUSAS.

  58. THE NIGERIA CONSTITUTION IS A COLLECTION OF ISLAMIC, KORANIC AND SHARIA DECREES FROM IDIOTIC YAKUBU GOWON TO USELESS ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR WHOSE AIM IS TO CONFISCATE, SEIZE, STEAL IGBO LAND, IGBO RESOURCES AND IGBO PROPERTIES. SO, NO ONE SHOULD EXPECT ANY GOOD THING COMING OUT FROM AMENDMENT OF SHARIA DOCUMENT CALLED CONSTITUTION. NIGERIA CONSTITUTION IS A SCRIPT WRITTEN BY SOKOTO CALIPHATE, IT WAS DELIBERATELY AND PURELY DESIGNED TO RAKE HAVOC IN IGBO LAND. THE AMENDMENT FAILED FROM THE BEGINNING AND NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OUT OF IT. MOST OF TODAY POLITICIANS FROM IGBOLAND ARE AGENTS OF HAUSA-FULANI AND AND YORUBA OLIGARCHIES WHOSE AIM IS HOW TO DESTROY IGBO LAND SO, THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE WELFARE OF NDIGBO BUT THEIR POCKETS. THERE IS NO WAY HAUSA-FULANI DOMINATED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WILL WANT ADDITIONAL STATES BEING CREATED IN IGBO LAND. IKE EKWERWMADU AND THE LIKES ARE AGENTS OF HAUSA-FULANI THEY ARE NOT IGBOS. THEY PRETEND TO REPRESENT NDIGBO WHILE IN ACTUAL FACT, THEY ARE HAUSA-FULANI AGENTS. THE ONLY WAY FOR NDIGBO IS FOR EVERY RIGHT THINKING IGBO SON AND DAUGHTER TO SUPPORT BIAFRA MOVEMENT. IT IS ONLY INDEPENDENT STATE OF BIAFRA THAT CAN GRANTEE THE SURVIVAL OF NDIGBO. NDIGBO HAS NO FUTURE IN INGERIA. THE FUTURE OF NDIGBO LIES ONLY IN BIAFRA NOTHING MORE. IKE EKWEREMADU AND HIS FELLOW FIFTY COLUMNISTS SHOULD GO AND SIT DOWN B/C THEY ARE NOT TRUSTWORTHY. PLS, VISIT RADIO BIAFRA, http://WWW.RADIOBIAFRALONDON.COM. ANY IGBO MAN WHO STILL THINK THAT NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER IN FUTURE IS A LIAR AND A DECEIT. ANY IGBO WHO STILL SEE NIGERIA AS HIS OWN COUNTRY IS DEAD.

  59. @Mathew Ikponmwonba you really want to be fair in your reasoning but do more.Look at that stamp size political zone again not up to the size of a state in North,the people the whole Nigeria fought for three years are from there. The largest no-indigines or Nigerian aliens in all the States in the federation are from there. You don’t pretend you don’t see them bc even in your backyard doing doing menial job, selling articles or practicing medicine. They take their census and pay their taxes and come back to their stamp size State for their welfare; ,children scholarship ,employment in police army; civil service etc . In fact your fiends the Igbos are defeated , marginalized . looked down with disdain and hated by all tribes.This simple request of extra state to enable a marginalized race to federate with other political zones has become another war. Since Nigerians want it so let the war continue.

  60. Additional State is the Clamour of the People of the southeast,so what is expected from the foolish senator is to fight according to the wishes of his People and not to Rush to the Media to Dash the Hope of his people when no attempt has Been made so far to address the Injustice melted to his People.He is simple trying to please his northern colleaques at the detriment of his peoples wish forgeting he was elected to serve his People and Not to Build his political Empire..The best Treatment is to Lynch him to to Set example to others.

  61. People talk about equity only when it suits them. In a country where people vote based only on sentiments how can southeast push for any bill when they are highly outnumbered. Any human being who breaths through the nose can see that the more states you have ,the more senators and legislators. This is pure day light robbery because everything is tilted towards the north.

  62. My igbo brothers why re u making noises ova dis issues,ike knows wat he will do, don’t mind his comments i’m assuring u dat wen d constitution might hv been amended,there wil be extra states in southeast,ike jst talked like an politician who is representing d interest of different pple.so Ike knows wat,hw,wen 2 press his button,he is not a fool

  63. BRO. CHRIS NKEM on

    I am not suprise to hear such unguided comments form the big fool in the person of Ekworunmadu.What do you expect from such people with tribal marks claiming to be an Igbo man, of course we know the blood they are made of.How can this idiot in his position as a lawyer he claimed to be and at the same time the chairman of the constitutional review c’mmttee opened his dirty mouth wide to tell us to read section 8 & 9 of the constitution which 85% of Nigerians are calling for total scraping except few brainless Northerners who see no evil in giveing additional one state to the southeast since we said we are one Nigeria. This is a constitution the military thieves made to suit them at that very time with a lot of errors that calls for amendment now for the benefit of all and sundry.Which of the constitution is he refering to? If Ekworumadu based his arguement on this present constitution, why are we amending it? You can see the type of law makers that is wasting the nations resources at Abuja in the name of senators. WE ARE TALKING OF JUSTICE AND EQUITY, PEACE AND LOVE, OTHER ZONES WITH SIX STATES FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS NOW, EXCEPT SOUTHEAST ZONE WITH ONLY 5 STATES, YET, OTHER REASONABLE NIGERIANS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS FROM OTHER ZONES SEES IT AS GOOD INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THE NEEDED EQUITY AND JUSTICE ,PEACE AND LOVE………ONE .NIGERIA.A.A? It is as a result of injustice, hatred, discrimination to the Igbos by the past and the present ruling class of this Nation since after the civil war that NIGERIA is suffering today, nothing is working. GOD IS NOT FOOLISH LIKE SOME OF US. THERE WILL BE NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED. DR. OLUSOLA SARAKI WAS A STRONGMAN IN KWARA POLITICE, BUT AS I AM WRITING NOW HE IS LATE AND DID NOT GO WITH 1 KOBO OF ALL HIS WEALTH AND MIGHTY. VANITY UPON VANITY ALL IS VANITY. BE UP RIGHT AND LEAD BY GOOD EXAMPLE

  64. A former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has called for the creation of another state from the South East.

    The zone, he said, needed priority before any other geo-political zone in state creation.

    He, however, said the clamour for more states was not in tandem with what was agreed upon at the National Political Reform Conference during the civilian administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    Ekwueme stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.

    He said, “Well, all I know is that during the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, specifically at a political conference where all Nigerians met, the delegates agreed that one state should be created from the South-East; that was a unanimous agreement.

    “If people are honest with themselves, they should implement that before talking of more states.

    “Again, I believe that the six geo-political zones should be elevated to a level of federating units and once that happens, any zone that wants to have 100 states can have it because those states will be like provinces.

    “It will be the decision of the zones or regions to have as many states and local governments as they want. But if we want to carry on with this dispensation, after the one state which was unanimously agreed on at the political conference to maintain parity among the zones, any other state outside that is just reducing what is available for development and wealth creation.”

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