The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) has revealed plans to honour the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in October.
This will happen at the presentation of a book entitled “How Nnamdi Kanu Restructured Nigeria”.
This is also as Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko of the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, has revealed that elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze convinced Nnamdi Kanu on restructuring.
On her part, the Deputy Leader of ECA, Mrs Maria Okwor, said: “The book produced by the ECA, documents the travails, the journey and frustrations in the spirited attempt by good men and women to save Nigeria from collapse, through a holistic restructuring of the polity back to true federalism and regional autonomy.
“The book reveals how Nigeria is crippled by an over-powerful center, prebendalism, unitary structure, ethnic divisions, corruption and ill-fitting military constitution.”
Mrs Okwor noted: “The book also recalls the struggles by Late Anthony Enahoro, Late Abraham Adesanya, Late Rotimi Williams, Late Tunji Braithwaite etc. to reconstruct and redesign Nigeria through a wholesome restructuring of the polity that will throw up a new people’s constitution that would be affirmed at a referendum.
“The book exposes the reasons why enemies of progress have consistently killed reports of past National Conferences, just so they could continue to hold Nigerians hostage and deny the people opportunity to take back their country from the vicious cabal that believes they are born to rule and dominate others forever.
“Kanu is being honoured for achieving under two years the restructuring of Nigeria, something that seemed impossible just two years ago.
“As every group and government has set up their own committee on restructuring, going round organizing public hearings/sittings, the unborn generations of Nigeria will forever remain grateful to Nnamdi Kanu for moving the restructuring agenda from the realm of speculation into reality, something he achieved at great sacrifice.
In a related development, Uko, who is the Founder: Igbo Youth Movement (IYM) and Deputy Secretary, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) disclosed that “the 30th of August, 2017 meeting between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and South East Governors was historic, in the sense that Prof. Ben Nwabueze made Kanu to adjust his position in a landmark development.
Because of Kanu’s deep respect for Prof. Ben Nwabueze, whom he trusts absolutely, Kanu accepted in principle, Prof. Nwabueze’s proposal that the IPOB accepts the restructuring of Nigeria and step down the agitation for secession. But the restructuring should be, a return to the 1963 constitution format.
“Kanu in reverence to Prof. Nwabueze, agreed in principle to the Nwabueze proposal, but insisted on discussing with and carrying along the entire leadership of the IPOB, both at home and in the Diaspora.
“The meeting also agreed to meet again within days in order to fine tune and conclude the agreements. It was also agreed that IPOB will not disrupt any elections. But most importantly, Kanu accepted Prof. Nwabueze’s suggestions that IPOB demands are not absolute. Meaning that the group will have to shift ground in subsequent meetings.”
“Kanu was cautious not to take solo decisions without carrying his group along and therefore promised to bring the group’s leaders to the next meeting.
It is therefore, my considered opinion, that those behind the military invasion and attacks, are averse to peaceful resolution of the loss of confidence in Nigeria by millions of Eastern Youths and have chosen to sustain the status quo through force of arms”, he added.