The leadership of the Ndigbo apex organization Ohanaeze has expressed disappointment at the position of the Senate and House of Representatives on the issue of power devolution in the country.
Ohanaeze said in a statement signed by its President General Chief John Nnia Nwodo and released on Thursday that even though it’s aware of the long process of the constitutional amendment and that the National Assembly is not the final step but it’s disappointing and disheartening that as representatives of the people the legislatures are unable to correctly gauge the mood and desires of their people and the nation.
“The barrage of voices in this country lately shows clearly that majority of Nigerians are desirous of the country running a true federal system and one expected the NASS to have appreciated this in all their actions especially in constitutional amendment.
The Ndigbo umbrella body counseled the National Assembly that rather than go into constitutional amendment at this time that the mood of the country is tuned towards total restructuring, they should have concerned themselves in making the necessary legislative enactment to empower the convening of a national conference for real constitutional drafting.
According to Ohanaeze, “any action whether legislative or executive in this country today that is not programmed to respond to the yearnings of the populace will amount to excise in futility”
Ohanaeze therefore urges the National Assembly and other legislative levels involved in the constitutional amendment in the country to put the interest of the country first and ensure that its actions are such that would help to douse the tension and stabilize of the country.
The highest Ndigbo socio political organization said it had expected the Senate after accepting to consider the 2014 Confab report put it into consideration before passing their constitutional amendment bills.
Ohanaeze finally charged all the legislative bodies involved in constitutional amendmen to consider seriously the 2014 Confab report if they really desire political progress and stability for the country.