Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has emphasis on the call for more powers to be devolved to the states while adding that what the southeast geopolitical region wants is equity and justice in the country.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s southeastern region has been asking for a referendum to determined where the people wish to be in, an agitation that has led to extreme violence and killings by the Nigeria police against the people of the region.
While hosting the House of Representatives committee on constitution amendment which was led by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, Uzodinma claimed that the move to amend the 1999 constitution will put to rest “our fears and agitations and accommodate our legitimate desires without compromising our rights as citizens.”
He also noted that debates, conflict and dialogue are essential ingredients of the democratic process, and that what the southeast needs is a constitution that guarantees inclusion, justice and dividends of democracy to everyone.
“Our people want a constitution that devolves more powers to the federating units, that gives vent to restructuring, that allows for greater autonomy without losing the essence of the federation.
“In whatever name that it is called, we need a constitution that will make us stay together as one country comfortably,” Gov. Hope Uzodinma said.
The legislature began conducting nationwide hearings on the review of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic since May and is still in the process.
Meanwhile, the southeast group agitating for freedom, led by the Indigenous People Of Biafra, (IPOB) has said not even an amended constitution will stop what they’re doing, until Biafra is allowed to exit Nigeria.