By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – THE President General of apex Igbo organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo has raised the alarm that uncontrollable crisis looms in Nigeria if the clamour for the restructuring of the country was not given what he described as a deserved and urgent attention.
Speaking Friday in Abuja, at a live political program on African Independent Television AIT, the Ohaneze President said “unless we restructure this country, we will slide into an uncontrollable crisis.”
Nwodo who noted that Nigeria has all the potentials of a world power given its growing population but stand to lose out if the right administrative structure was not given to her, said, ” Nigeria is a world power, but if it continues to be wrongly administered it will continue to be a laughing stock”
The President General who reiterated his earlier stand that Ndigbo remains the most marginalized in the country despite their commitment to the nation, however lamented that the country’s body politics was insensitive to the plight of Ndigbo despite their overwhelming contributions to the socio- political and economic development of the country.
Nwodo expressed regret that the Nigeria system as currently constituted kills endeavor and discourages productivity.
On how to go about with the restructuring, the Ohanaeze boss who suggested a revisit to the 2014 National Conference which had Nigerians from all sectors and headed by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, said that resources used in the conference should not be wasted just because some people do not like the administration that set up the conference.
On the advantages of restructuring, Nwodo who examined the declining importance of oil as a major source of revenue, gave examples of the Netherlands and California both of which built their strong economies out of agriculture and human capital development and maintained that restructuring was the surest way to attain fastest economic growth for Nigeria.