By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”THE Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, has called for the convocation of a constitutional conference in view of the recent call by Libyan leader, Mammur Ghadaffi, that Nigeria should split along religious lines.
In a statement, yesterday, IYM President, Mr. Elliot Ukoh, said that the call by Ghadaffi was instructive and reflective of global opinion on the future of Nigeria in chat rooms all over the world, adding that Ghadaffiâ€™s courage to say it out does not mean that he was alone and that shouting him down wonâ€™t help Nigeria either.
IYM said, â€œabout a decade ago, the United State released the report of a study that gave Nigeria a maximum of 15 years before disintegrating, we shouted them down too. But incidentally everything is being done to destroy Nigeria, first by our heartless politicians, then by our warriors,Â who specialize only in slaughtering innocent women and children in cold blood.
â€œRather than call President Ghadaffi names, we should take urgent steps to convoke a sovereign national conference in order to discover new ways of governing our great country, so that Nigeria could successfully face the internal and external challenges of the new millennium.
â€œOnly a revert to six regions, true federalism and firm punishment for acts of impunity will restore sanity and finally put this great nation on the part to progress. This unwieldy structure only encourages corruption, brigandage and lack national pride,â€ he said.