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Nigeria is better together – Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Ike Ekweremadu, has said that Nigeria is better as a united country and should not be dismembered.

Ekweremadu expressed the view after delivering a lecture on ‘Constitutionalism and the challenges of leadership in Africa: an evaluation of tested models’, in New York.

The event was organised by the Centre for Media and Peace Initiatives, a New York-based international non-governmental organisation, to mark the 10th anniversary of the centre.

He said “Nigeria does not require to be fragmented at this time. There is joy in being together. There is benefit in being together.

“There is advantage that is conferred on us as a country by our large population. What we need is giving everybody a sense of belonging and ensuring good governance.”

Ekweremadu, however, stressed the need for the country to be restructured from the current over-concentration of power at the centre, which was  non-responsive to the citizenry.

“The central government that once appeared necessary and beneficent has compromised, even jeopardised its standing by perceived highhandedness, unfair treatment of some ethnic groups and abuse of power.

“The powerful central government has made citizens vulnerable to bureaucratic manipulation and control and left them powerless, and reminded them at every turn that the promise of self-government has been eroded.

“Nigeria, and indeed African constitutions, should espouse federalism characterised by weak centres and strong federating units.

“Currently, Nigeria has a very powerful centre, hence the need for devolution of powers.”

Ekweremadu stressed that a restructured Nigeria would be in the best interest of everyone as each geo-political zone would maximise its potentialities.

“If we start this process, it will assure the agitators that there is hope for a better Nigeria.

‘’We must continue to assure that the best way to go is restructuring, not dismemberment of the country.”

According to him, no argument that is both coherent and respectable can be made to support the continued emasculation of the component states by the centre.

“For example, the North will be a net exporter of solar energy and agricultural products while the West will be the hub of banking and information technology.

“The East will be the hub of industrial manufacturing and scientific innovations while the Middle Belt will be the hub of solid minerals development and tourism.

“The South-South will be the oil and gas hub as well as shipping. When this happens, there will be less pressure on the Federal Government.

“The zones will be the centres of development, the rush to Abuja will cease and the country will be able to realise it potential,” he said.

Ekweremadu called for a new constitution in Nigeria to replace the military-imposed document as had been done by Kenya, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

He said while most African constitutions provided only for amendments, not replacements, existing constitutions could be amended to make provisions for new constitutions and referendums.

Sen. Godswill Akpabio, in his remarks, stressed the need to ensure the implementation of some of the suggestions raised by Ekweremadu in his lecture to ensure a better Nigeria and Africa, by extension.

“We will go back with you and work to implement some of these recommendations because Nigeria must lead in Africa,” Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, said.

Sen. Bala Na’Allah, the Deputy Majority Leader, lauded Ekweremadu for the richness of the lecture and pledged that the 8th Senate would work to engender good governance through citizens-centred legislations.

The Nigerian Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Amb. Samson Itegboje, said Nigeria had come a long way but was a work in progress and would overcome its current challenges.

“We have the democratic structures; Nigeria is a country that now runs on the constitution, no constitution is permanent; it is a work in progress. What we need is re-engineering.”

The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, business leaders, media practitioners, civil society leaders, academics and Africans in the diaspora.

(Source: NAN)

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  1. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 10th October 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Ekwelemadu, your points are democractically reasonable, especially on the unaviodable need to democractically restructure today’s NIGERIA all-inclusively with democractic transparency and honesty!

    Today’s NIGERIA obviously need to be all-inclusively restructured morally and politiclly!

  2. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 10th October 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Ekwelemadu, your points are democractically reasonable, especially on the unaviodable need to democractically restructure today’s NIGERIA all-inclusively with democractic transparency and honesty!

    Today’s NIGERIA obviously need to be all-inclusively restructured: morally and politically!

    There is no gain say about that!

  3. alain 10th October 2017 at 3:23 pm

    This is reasonably but my question is won’t the north start another coup after seeing we have developed more faster than them as it was in the past?

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 10th October 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Every native has right to his or her opinion and democratic decision. Majority Igbos of the five south east states has the same right to their opinion and democratic decision, and have democratically decided for God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states. Biafra is now a Sovereign State with interim government. The enemy will vacate Biafran Territorial Sovereign State- dead or alive. God Is With Us!!!

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 10th October 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Every native has right to his or her opinion and democratic decision. Majority Igbos of the five south east states has the same right to their opinion and democratic decision, and have democratically decided for God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states. God Is With Us!!!

  6. Kele 10th October 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Nigeria is better together if Fulani caliphate will allow democracy and civil institutions to govern the nation. Nigeria will never be one and united as long as warmongering jihadist Fulani live in our midst. Go read about their history. They practice radical Islam and they do not permit an infidel to rule over them. The South (Yoruba/Benin, Igbo/Ijaw, etc. should unite and fight for their freedoms to restore their sovereign nations. Let us stop deceiving ourselves with one-Nigeria nonsense and elusive unity.

  7. Dr. Uche Kalu 11th October 2017 at 12:47 am

    Well,according to late Senator Patrick Moynihan,everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion but not to his or her own facts.
    Mazi Senator Ike Ekweremadu might be entitled to his own opinion.But he failed to explain how we Infidels, could ever
    cohabit harmoniously with those barbaric,bellicose and murderous Troglodytes, so called Fulanis and their Hausa/Kanuri Jihadist mongrels in this country?
    Personally, and to be candid about it,we Indigenous Nigerians,can only coexist in peace, with those cattle driver nomadic sojourners of the North,the Fulanis with their parallel Islamic Republic,so called Sultanate of Sokoto,under a Conderation of Semi-Autonomous Republics.
    This moribund failed country of ours must be restructured into
    5 Republics,namely:
    1.AREWA Islamic Republic.
    2.Christian Republic of Biafra.
    3.Middle-Belt Republic.
    4.Niger Delta Republic.
    5.And Oduduwa Republic.
    The other alternative will be for us Nigerians to go our fucking
    separate ways because,the basis for our togetherness as one country no longer exist.
    Nigeria is an oil-fed Commonwealth.It only the oil and gas of the
    Niger Delta that is keeping us together as a country.
    The Muslims don’t ever live and let live,not even amongst themselves.They only live and let die.
    Thus,in Afghanistan,Iraq,Libya,Mali,Pakistan,Somalia,Syria and in
    Yemen, muslims are killing themselves daily.
    Yonder in our North East,the Boko Haram Jihadist Killer Squads
    are daily killing innocent Nigerians,muslims and infidels alike.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

  8. Ezekiel Okeke 11th October 2017 at 6:50 am

    @Dr Kalu, as I already said, southern political future is defined in three Republics- Biafra of south east, Niger Delta of south south, Oduduwa of south west, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. Northern issue is northern affairs, it is up to north to define political future of middle belt, north east etc. or remain in the fallen caliphate bondage with the worst human right violation on earth- call Almajiri etc. Biafra is now a Sovereign State with interim government. Biafra will feed the enemy with conflicts till the last enemy vacates Biafran Territorial Sovereign State- dead or alive. God Is With Us!!!

  9. Dr. Uche Kalu 11th October 2017 at 11:00 am

    @Chief Ezekiel Okeke,you seem to have forgotten that there are some Indigenous Ethnic Bantus, Igbos and Yorubas in the so called Middle-Belt.
    Must we Southerners abandon our fellow Qua (Kwa) cousins and Christian brothers and sisters of the North to the mercy of those murderous blood suckers,the Hausa/Fulani muslims?
    Of course not.
    The Afizeres, Anagutas,Beroms,Eggons Idomas ,Igalas,Iyems,Jukuns ,Kofyars,Tivs et al,are all our brothers and
    sisters.We shall not turn our backs to them because, their ancestors fought and stopped the spread of those
    barbaric Nilotic cattle driver savages,the Fulanis, with their evil and wicked crack pot religion of peace, so called
    Islam, to us in the South.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

  10. Jo 11th October 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Ekweremadu just said bunkum. whats the population of Iceland but they are at the world cup and some big countries are not going. its not by size. I will always go with united Nigeria but built on fairness, equity and social justice. A situation where monkey dey, baboon dey shop is not allowed and if not, divide the country.

  11. Ezekiel Okeke 11th October 2017 at 3:12 pm

    @Dr. Kalu, the issue in question is political issue, not biological issue.

  12. ochendo 11th October 2017 at 3:52 pm

    the problem I have with the likes of ekweremadu is shying away from reality.for how long can one wait for equity in the so called one nation nigeria.the constitution we operate is in itself skewed.so if the constitution is discrimatory what else guarantees the ‘sense of belonging’.and the common expression ‘……..sense of belonging’ tells that ‘some winners have taken it all and there are losers who look so small.tell ekweremadu what his likes are doing in cameroon,catalonia and perhaps sooner than later zimbabwe.what shall it benefit us to remain together yet in pieces not peace.

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