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Igbo wants additional state, to re-bury pogrom victims

By Uduma Kalu

Eminent Igbo personalities  in Lagos State  have said that in the spirit of equality and fairness, the South East zone should be given one more state.

They also said that if rotational presidency should be maintained, then the next president for the 2011 general elections  should come from the South East or South South zones since the North has ruled far more than the South.   They also warned that Nigeria would remain stagnant if the Igbos were not granted fairness in the country as they are the builders of the nation but are denied when it comes to sharing the dividends.

Also, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it would organise a funeral for NdiIgbo killed during the 1966 pogrom in the North in which thousands of the people were slaughtered in reaction to the Major Nzeogwu coup of January 15, 1966.

President-General of the group, Amb. Ralph Uwechue, said this in response to the keynote speaker at  the 14th Zik Memorial Lecture, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, leader of the Zikist Movement Uwechue, who also inform Ndigbo that the lingering Eze Igbo title has been resolved.

He said that the case was resolved in his house at Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, where the Igbo monarchs  agreed that the term Eze Igbo as used by leaders abroad be dropped.


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