Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an elder statesman has emphasized the need for the country to restructure.
Iwuanyanwu reiterated this position in Ibadan after he chaired the first session of the 22nd synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Ibadan Diocese, at the Cathedral of St. James the Great, Oke-Bola on Friday, April 21.
The elder statesman noted that politics was a game of number that the Igbos were at a disservice due to the current form of government. He said Nigeria needed to restructure in order for each region to grow at its own pace.
He said: “So, I sincerely say that unless we restructure, Nigeria will have problem. Nobody should make any mistake about it. When you see some people talking about Biafra or so, I don’t think anybody wants to break away.
Igbo believe in oneness of Nigeria. They believe that things are not working well in this country. That is why we must restructure Nigeria. “We in the South-east and South-south, even South-west too, are all insisting on restructuring. South-west says we should restructure.
South-east says we should restructure. South-south says we should restructure. Many right thinking people in the North say we should restructure. Anybody who is wishing Nigeria well, anybody who wants this country to survive must insist on restructuring. It is very important to everybody.” “You cannot do anything, ignoring the culture of the people. We need to come back to the system in operation before independence that made us to come together to have Nigeria.
“In Igboland, we marry essentially one wife and we don’t get many children. Obviously, in other parts of the country, people get many children. In Igboland, a man can have five children, elsewhere a man can have between 50 and 60 children.” He said the Igbos have realised that their own cultural practice can handicap them in Nigeria which was why restructuring was necessary.
“Anybody who fails to restructure Nigeria now is not fair to Igbo.” Iwuanyanwu however applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the success recorded in the fight against corruption.
He said: “I think we must congratulate the President for the efforts he has made. But I like to observe that Nigeria has deteriorated. The total damage is incredible. Everything around here is corrupt. The schools are corrupt. The society is corrupt. The fact is that the President has started this battle very well. This is a battle for everyone of us, including journalists. Everybody must join hands to fight it. “We want to found a new Nigeria where people will from the cradle know that corruption is bad. It should be inbuilt in us. That was the society where we were all born.” Read more: