By Samuel Ese
Speaking on the challenges confronting the South-East ahead the 2019 general elections, the South-South youth leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chinedu Arthur-Ugwa, said what the Igbo people have been asking for is restructuring of the country to meet the yearnings and aspirations of all Nigerians.
Arthur-Ugwa, who is also the leader of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth wing stressed the need for state police and management of resources by states which would pay tax to the central government, but pointed out that the youth were looking up to the elders for direction.
According to him, Ohanaeze Ndigbo was working with other groups across the country to actualise restructuring while maintaining that the Igbos are not seeking secession as many people are led to believe.
Arthur-Ugwa who explained that he did not want to make political statements used the opportunity to call on politicians to redeem their promises to the electorate saying that “making promises and fulfilling them is not good for any politician.”
Meanwhile, peace has returned to the Bayelsa State chapter of the apex Igbo group following a resolution reached in Enugu on September 11, 2018, on election to remove factions that have been crippling the activities of the body.
The two factions in the state attended the meeting including Mark Nlem, acting chairman and leader of one of the factions and both factions accepted the resolution that the election should hold as soon as possible.
Arthur-Ugwa, who made the disclosure to in Yenagoa at the weekend expressed appreciation to the national leader, John Nnia Nwodo, and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Sector Commander, Ikechukwu Igwe, and other stakeholders for their efforts.
Arthur-Ugwa who is also the South-South Coordinator of Ohanaeze Youth Wing said the national leadership also set up an electoral committee made up of representatives from all the South-East states with Charles Odunukwe as chairman and Eric Abel as secretary.
He also disclosed that the annual Igbo Day celebration which usually held every September 29 has been shifted to October 29 due to the political activities taking place across the country in order to ensure peace and harmony.
The youth leader particularly expressed joy that the election into the Bayelsa State Chapter executive would have been conducted paving way for a unified event which he has been fighting for.