Ohanaeze urges National Assembly to revisit 2014 Confab Report

Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo
Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo

The umbrella organization of Igbo socio-cultural groups, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has charged the National Assembly, as it works on constitutional amendment, to revisit the report of the 2014 Constitutional Conference.

The organization made this call in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday and signed by its President-General, John Nwodo.

It said it had expected the Senate to put the report into consideration before passing its constitutional amendment bills.

Ohanaeze also said it is disappointed in the position of the Senate on the issue of power devolution to states. The Senate had rejected the devolution of powers to states.

The organisation said even though it is aware of the long process of the constitutional amendment and that the Senate is not the final step, it is disheartening that as representatives of the people, the legislators are unable to correctly gauge the desires of the people and the nation.

The body advised that rather than go into constitutional amendment at this time that the mood of the country is tuned towards total restructuring, the National Assembly should have concerned itself with making the necessary legislative enactment to convene a national conference for real constitutional drafting.

“The barrage of voices in this country lately shows clearly that majority of Nigerians are desirous of the country running a true federal system and one expected the Senate to have appreciated this in all their actions, especially in constitutional amendment.

“Any action whether legislative or executive in this country today that is not programmed to respond to the yearnings of the populace will amount to exercise in futility,” the statement read.

Ohanaeze therefore urged the National Assembly and other legislative levels involved in the constitutional amendment to put the interest of the nation first and ensure that its actions are such that would help to ease the tension in the country.


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  • Jon

    With reference to devolution of powers to the States, the Senate has done what the Hausa/Fulani has told them to do. The core North is dancing because the status quo has been maintained. This is the time for the SW to say enough is enough. The SW should send a warning to Nigeria as to what course of action they will take if power is not devolved to the States. Nigeria knows the stand of SE from Nnamdi Kanu. They know the stand of SS from the militant freedom fighters. So, what is the stand of SW? Just talk and no action? They are the reason we are where are today. Total slaves for Hausa/Fulani. Total second hand citizens in Nigeria. Let us all stand up and say capital NO to Hausa/Fulani Unitary System that favors them.

  • Agba

    Our yoruba political elite are the geat beneficiary of the illegality in that useless constitution after hausa fulani,we are eating the future of our children with our own.O da mi loju pe orun ma wo ki nse oro enikan.

  • emmanuel

    Ohaneze go and seat down somewhere.
    IPOB is the Umbrella body we know. Where have they been?
    Nobody is touching any 2014 documents or doing any restructuring.
    You will regret if you do not follow your IPOB and other agitators