July 24, 2024

A group known as the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has rejected the creation of an additional State in the southeast geopolitical zone (Orlu and Etiti States) of Nigeria.

According to the group, the creation of the additional State in the Southern part of Nigeria is politically motivated which they believe will not promote development.

“In line with the hallowed traditions and/or principles of equity, justice and fairness, the apex socio-cultural youth organization of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has lent its support, in commendation, to the  Dist. Senator Prince Chinedu Nwoko known as Ned Nwoko, representing Delta North senatorial district, for the well articulated bill seeking for a creation of an additional State in the southeast geopolitical zone, in the country, to balance out politically.” The group said in a statement.

 

BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT

 

A TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY OHANAEZE YOUTH COUNCIL (OYC) ON THE 22ND DAY OF JUNE, 2024 AT NUJ PRESS CENTER OWERRI, IMO STATE.

*The Ohanaeze Youth Council rejects the creation of Orlu and Etiti States while, at the same time, urges the proponents of Orlu and Etiti States to support the birth of ANIOMA STATE*

In line with the hallowed traditions and/or principles of equity, justice and fairness, the apex socio-cultural youth organization of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has lent its support, in commendation, to the  Dist. Senator Prince Chinedu Nwoko known as Ned Nwoko, representing Delta North senatorial district, for the well articulated bill seeking for a creation of an additional State in the southeast geopolitical zone, in the country, to balance out politically.

The above is steeped in the foundation of egalitarianism especially in consideration of the empirically clear political  marginalisation of the  southeastern part of Nigeria in terms of the number of States thereat being only geopolitical zone in the country with only five (5) States imbalance in contradistinction to the six (6) States hitherto maintained by the other geopolitical zones in Nigeria save North West with seven (7) Seven States.

Thusly, the said Dist. Sen. Nwoko, in the spirit of fairness with views of nation building, through the bill, has re-echoed again, in Nigeria, at the National Assembly, the need, as well as the whyness thereof, for a creation of more States in the country, particularly to create an additional State in the southeast which would goad the political spirits, aspirations and/or interests of the southeastners in the political affairs of Nigeria with balanced political geometry for equal opportunities.

It is within the believability of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, therefore, that any progressive and patriotic Nigerian, particularly, within the high echelons of might, power and positions as a member of National Assembly selflessly seeking for the good of the already fragile country, Nigeria, should not wring his or her hands with muted mouth against the bill but to support same as a means to promote national unity, integrity, fairness and equity as the creation of an additional State, to be known as and called ANIOMA State, as opposed to ORLU or ETITI State, should not be seen as portions of regional benefits.

Injustice, with a play of lack of political equality and/or equity is ravaging Nigeria more like a tornado and this, majorly, accounts for reasons why Nigeria is a sinking glory, plunging into an apology of the country our heros past wanted her to be. The creation of Anioma State is undoubtedly a rescue mission to place Nigeria on the pedestal of political balance.

Among the proponents of creation of an additional State in southeast, like the proposed Orlu State which comprised Orlu zone, parts of Anambra and Abia States, and the proposed Etiti State comprising parts of Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, and Anambra States, only those favouring, in championship, the creation of Anioma State wear the sacred garbs of selflessness, equity and fairness.

Besides, it’s obvious that part of ethno-political crisis in Nigeria is as a result of ceding some micro ethnic groups to a large ethnic groups in one State. Therefore the creation of Anioma State, considering its geograph, dynamics of socio-political behaviours in the area as well as ethno-cultural topology thereof, is a blue print and anti-dote that will settle ethnic crisis in Edo and Delta States.

It’s reasonable, logical and a peaceful political dovetail and/or marriage to cede parts of Ndoni people in Rivers State that link to Ukwuani axis of Delta State and the following communities in Edo State such as Idumodin, Ottah, Ute – Oheze, Ugo, Igbanke, Iru egbede, Evbobanosa, Oza, Ogan, Oheze, Idumiru and others including the whole Delta North senatorial district to form the new State called Anioma State.

The Council is aware that the creation of the six (6) geo-political zones in Nigeria were not entirely carved out on the considerations based on their geographic locations but rather on the States with similarity of ethnic groups and/or common political history at play in the same zone. Therefore it falls within the principle of geo-political creation in Nigeria that the proposed component of Anioma State has the same ethnic groups and same political history, consciousness and/or we-feelings with other States in the southeast.

The birth of Anioma State to the southeast family will build zonal equity as same would go a long way to address the deplorable issues of marginalization of southeast zone.

It’s historical that part of agitation in the Southeast on self-determination by Pro-Biafran groupings is because of political marginalisations and lack of unequal distributions of political structure and benefits with annoying recurring ethno-political short- changes against the Southeasterners. The creation of Anioma State fall in line with the justice of salvaging the mess with every equity and fairness and it’s most strategic means to address the agitation in the southeast with genre of promotion and sustainability of unity in the area.

At this juncture, Ohaneze Youth Council calls on the proponents of Orlu State and Etiti State to abort their bill with abandonment on the ground of lack merit and garner their support to Dist. Sen. Ned Nwoko for the actualization of ANIOMA STATE.

The same call is hereby made and/or extended to all progressive Igbo political leaders of various facets including the traditional rulers and leaders to rally round in support to Dist. Sen. Ned Nwoko for a successful creation of Anioma State.

With echo voice, relatedly moreso, the apex youth Council calls on Hon. Ugochinyere Michael Ikeagwuonu, also known as Ikenga Ugochinyere and Co to withdraw the bill seeking to birth Orlu State and join Dist. Sen. Ned Nwoko, in the the labour room, for a successful delivery of the new baby state to be called ANIOMA STATE.

Ohanaeze Youth Council, therefore, state that from henceforth anyone presenting, debatimg for and/or pushing for the creation of Orlu State or Etiti State bill at the National Assembly does so at his or her peril and without the mandate and/or supportations of the Igbo youths/Ndigbo and such person(s) or group(s) are is(are) the enemy(ies) to the southern Nigeria and southeast, in particular.

To finality, therefore, it is the Council’s appeal to everyone, particularly the patriotic honourable members in the North, Middle Belt, Southwest, and South-South to see the creation of Anioma State as a regional Political balance and national equity to calm down the rate of agitation in Southeast.

Gentlemen of the press the only crime Nnamdi Kanu committed is because he is asking for equity for his people. Such opportunity for equity has come. The creation of Anioma State is part of the equity that would relieve the agitation in Southeast for a peaceful co-existence.

Signed.
Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka.
National President.

Comrade Ifeanyichukwu Cedric Nweke.
Secretary General.
22nd June 2024

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com

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