An elder statesman and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has said that restructuring as endorsed by many South Eastern leaders he consulted is the only sure guarantee for the continued unity, peace, development and stability of Nigeria.
Chief Iwuanyanwu who was spoke at the National Stakeholders Summit on 2019 General Elections called on the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government to fast trace the restructuring process before next year’s election.
While expressing happiness that the National Assembly is taking steps towards that direction Chief Iwuanyanwu said that its future will depend on the honesty and integrity of which the 2019 general elections in Nigeria is conducted.
The publisher of Champion Newspapers who noted with dismay that past elections in Nigeria since independence had been fraught with and marred by corruption and violence advised all Nigerians to resolve to get it right come 2019 so that in the new Nigeria votes must count.
Chief Iwuanyanwu called for the cooperation of all concerned, namely – the INEC, Security agencies, the Judiciary, politicians and the electorate to put the nation first before their personal interest and ambition.
On the menace of electoral malpractice and violence, the PDP chieftain advocated stiffer penalties for individuals, groups and agencies who will try to steal the mandate of the people either by corruption or violence.
He appealed to all Nigerians to help and build a nation they will be proud of and commended the organizers of the summit for a job well done.
ys the increasing wave of loss of human lives and property in the country is the most despicable act of heartlessness.
t Government revenue that should have been spent on development is being wasted in fighting unnecessary enemies and war.
He mentioned that the first one was Boko Haram and recently the nation is confronted by the menace of Fulani herdsmen. He said that these two events have created a deep crack in the unity of the country as there is general mistrust of which in his perspective is quite unnecessary.
Dr. Iwuanyanwu feared that if nothing is done to quell the issue before the 2019 General elections, the crises it will generate may plunge the country into chaos that may destroy the existence of the country.
He restated that “the existence of one united Nigeria is very important to everyone of us irrespective of our religion ethnicity or State. We may have had some minor misunderstandings, but none has taken as much toll in human and material resources as that of Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen.”
He called on the Government and the Security agencies to tell Nigerians more truth about the Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen and ensure that the menace of terrorism and insurgency is tackled once and for all.
He described as very strange the information to Nigerians that the arms being used by cattle herdsmen come from Libya and went further to say “I sincerely also believe that the bulk of logistics of Boko Haram must be coming to Nigeria through the same source.
“If Nigerians of all tribes, ethnicity and religion resolve to confront this monstrous problems, it would be solved. Since Nigerians are made to understand that the herdsmen who are unleashing mayhem on Nigeria as reprisal for the rustling of their cattle as have been confirmed by some of their leaders, their leaders should call them to order.
“This should be done by convening a summit of Fulani People to address them on the damages they are causing the corporate image of Nigeria and the bad name their actions are bringing to the Fulani entity as well as the volume of innocent blood they have shed.
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