Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country.
In sweeping demands for restructuring Monday during the “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018’’, the group also called for the creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited
The resolutions were read out by Prof. Charles Soludo, the Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee and Organising Committee, who said they want the Federal Government to adopt the report of the 2014 National Conference, Daily Trust writes.
Furthermore, the group demanded for the scrapping of state of origin and its replacement with residential rights whereby a Nigerian would have full right in any place he or she resides for 10 years.
On the six years single tenure, the group noted that six vice presidents from each of the six geo-political zones should be elected, while the governorship seat would be rotated among the senatorial districts.
Speaking at the event, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, said the summit was organised to enable Ndigbo articulate major challenges affecting the country.
Nwodo reiterated that the present constitution of the country was skewed against Igbo people and should be redrafted to give Igbo people fair treatment.
On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, challenged the Ohaneze leadership to convince those yet to support the restructuring of the country to back the idea.
Ekweremadu assured that he would table any bill on the restructuring of the country whenever the Ohaneze present it at the national assembly.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Chairman of the summit, called on Igbo people especially the leaders to exhibit honesty in their affairs, to help move the people forward.
The host, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra in his address thanked the organisers for choosing his state for the summit organised for the Igbo people to articulate what they want as Nigerians.