By Chinenyeh Ozor
Nsukka – Paramount ruler of Essodo Kingdom in Enugu State, Igwe Simeon Itodo, has told Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State, to apologise to Ndigbo over his comments that the South-East geo-political zone deserved no additional state.
The monarch, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard in Enugu, shortly on his return from a trip to Canada and India, expressed shock that the governor was yet to withdraw his comments.
Igwe Itodo said the governor’s comments were a collective insult on the people of the South-East zone, and described the North-South dichotomy, with regards to the number of states in each zone, as an arrangement that was not in tandem with a federal democarcy.
According to the paramount ruler, the present arrangement is tantamount to deliberate marginalisation of Ndigbo.
The royal father explained that there was no doubt that the creation of additional states in the South-East was imperative, which will not only ensure equity and justice but also create employment
opportunities in the country.
Igwe Itodo, who is also a member of National Council of Traditional Rulers, appealed to the National Assembly to expedite action on a conducive constitution for state creation as it had beenpoliticized above its social and economic benefits and values.
He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to impress upon the National Assembly to take seriously the creation of states, saying that a slot should go to the South- East to permanently heal the wound inflicted on Ndigbo psyche by the civil war.
He said: “Kwankwaso should know that Ndigbo and other ethic groups in Nigeria can no longer be hoodwinked by spurious census figures that were institutionally manipulated in favour of the North to serve the Northern interest.”
He charged the Presidency and other leaders to guard against utterances capable of heating up the polity as the security challenges in the country were more than enough for government to grapple with.