First Republic Aviation Minister and one
of Nigeria's foremost nationalist, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, says
Nigeria may explode soon.
Worried by the current agitation
ravaging the country, the elder statesman said there is an urgent need
to renegotiate the basis for Nigeria's federalism.
He said we was particularly concerned on the current agitation rocking
the Nigerian boat and would not sit idly and watch things go bad.
This, he said, informed his interest and
desire to intervene by offering his fatherly advice drawn from his
wealth of experience while describing the present situation in Nigeria
as very grave.
He said: ”The very loud and universal
demand for restructuring of our federation, the go home order by an
amalgamation of Northern youths to the Igbo living in the North, the
IPOB demand for referendum and break-away of the people of Biafra, the
threat to a free conduct of gubernatorial election in Anambra State, all
constitute a grave threat to peace and security in the country. And it
is likened to the country sitting on a keg of gunpowder.
He added: “Generally, there is urgent and pressing need for a renegotiation of the basis of this federation called Nigeria.
The long absence of the elected
president and the uncertainty of when he can resume his office has not
helped matters, for there is a limit to what the acting president will
do in the presence of many hawks planted around him. But the country
should not be allowed to remain indefinitely in this vacuum.
“All relevant voices in the North and
South of Nigeria have called for an urgent coming together to revise the
injustices which military rulers of a particular side of the country
have imposed on 200 million people. If the hawks in control of power
will continue to obstruct an urgent coming together to correct the
wrongs and injustices of yesteryears, they may break the egg and the
long oppressed and exploited parts of the country will eat the yolk,”
the elder statesman said.
He recounted his encounter with Nnamdi
Kanu who paid him an unscheduled visit in his country home, Ukpor, Nnewi
South Local Government Area of Anambra State, in company of a priest, a
deacon and three other people to pay him respects as the oldest
nationalist and political father in this part of the country and briefed
him on the struggle he (Kanu) is leading for the resurrection of
Amechi said during the discussion, he
made reference to the demand by IPOB for a referendum on the question of
Biafra and the resolution of the group to advise the people of Anambra
State to boycott the gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18.
He said he strongly advised Kanu to get
IPOB to rescind the decision to boycott the election as such measure
would be counter-productive. “I made him understand that in a situation
where, for instance, there were two million registered voters, and in
obedience to the call of IPOB, only 100,000 turned out to vote, whoever
wins majority votes would be declared legitimately the winner and sworn
in as the governor and that Anambra State might end up having a governor
that was not really the choice of the people owing to the fact that
while IPOB might preach boycott, the political parties with candidates
would call upon their members and supporters to turn out and vote.
“As a political father in this part of
the country, and indeed in Nigeria, I now call on the IPOB and its
leadership to drop the idea of saying or doing anything that would
disrupt the election and advise the people of Anambra State to come out
peacefully to vote on the scheduled date.
“Without prejudice to the greater demand
of IPOB, I warn that Anambra State should not be made a battle ground
for the armed forces to have an opportunity to kill more of our youths.
They have already killed so many without cause or provocation. On the
other hand, if youths are called out to demonstrate or take any tangible
action to disrupt the election, it will give chance to the Federal
Government whose hatred for our people is not hidden to declare a state
of emergency and impose a puppet ruler over us by force. I am making
more efforts to get the leadership of IPOB to discuss for I believe that
they are really patriotic and mean well.