Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought led by eminent constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze, rose from a meeting in Enugu yesterday re-affirming their position that representation to the proposed national conference be based on ethnic nationalities.
The leaders expressed happiness that their position, which is contrary to the recommendations of the Senator Femi Okurounmu-led Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC), was enjoying the support of other interest and regional groups.
The fourth assembly of the Igbo leaders witnessed even more prominent Igbo people in attendance, including former Central Bank Governor (CBN), Prof. Charles Solido; Biafra war veteran, Col. Emma Nwobodo; Prof. Felix Orange; Chief H.B.C. Ogboso; HRH Prof
Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike and Engr. Obi Thomson of World Igbo Congress, USA.
Other regular attendees include: Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Prof. Ben Object, Arc Bishop Aniens, Prince Emeka Onyedi, Sen Enyim Ude, Sen Offia Nwali, Prof Nwabueze, Prof. Elechi Onyia, and Dr. Chu S. P Okay among others.
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the secretary of the group, Prof Elochukwu Amaurosis, said they held and would continue to hold President Goodluck Jonathan.
in high esteem,
Amaurosis said: “He (Jonathan) will go down in history as really the founder of modern Nigeria if the national conference works out very well. So far, we have been concerned with modalities about the national conference. If he gets it right, every other thing will follow.
“If you look at the papers, you will find that South Peoples Assembly headed by Ekwueme, Arc Bishop Gabbing and Chief Edwin Clark, has endorsed the views of Igbo Leaders of Thought. The Middle Belt under Prof Jerry Gana has endorsed our position. The Yoruba, Odumakin and the rest of them, they are all saying the same thing.
“We want a national conference of ethnic nationalities that will produce a new constitution which will be approved by the people through a referendum. We are not in competition with any person.
“These are the things Ndigbo stand for”.