The apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting its earlier proposal to convoke a national conference as a matter of urgency.
Ohanaeze was however quick to state the modality for the conference, saying the six geo-political zones of the country should be represented by the same number of people.
It even went further to recommend that top on the agenda of the conference will be for the country to federate based on the six geo-political zones only and not by states as it is presently obtained.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Garry Igarawey, who spoke with our correspondent from Afikpo, said the organisation called for the national conference because it was the only way to resolve imbalances in the country.
He called for equality of Nigeria geo-political zones through creation of more local government councils and states in the South- East, adding that the National Assembly may not make input in resolving Nigeria’s inequality since there is inequality of representation of the zones at the parliament.
Igarawey stated that Ohanaeze’s call for the convocation of a national conference was to address Nigerians myriad of problems especially after 100 years of amalgamation. On what will be the Igbo agenda at the conference, Igarawey said: “The Igbo agenda will be arrived at in a colloquium to be conveyed by Ohanaeze.
But one thing clear is that Nigeria has a structural problem and one of the things to be discussed is to return the country to true federalism.
“The present six geopolitical zones should be recognised as the federating units. Ohanaeze will be absolutely involved in the conference.”