A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE IGBO CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION (ICSCO)AFTER HER GENERAL CONGRESS HELD IN ENUGU ON SATURDAY, 29TH JULY, 2017
Preamble: The Igbo Civil Society Coalition, a coalition of Igbo activists, civil society organizations, professional bodies, faith based organizations, town unions, etc held her monthly general congress in Enugu and after due deliberations resolved as follows:
- National Assembly Constitution Amendment: ICSCO is dismayed at the National Assembly’s inability to align itself with the obvious wishes of Nigerians cutting across partisan, ethno-religious and socio-economic lines, which is that Nigeria should be restructured so that there will be devolution of powers from the Federal Government to federating units. Therefore, in the interest of national stability and socio-economic advancement of the country, ICSCO appeals to the National Assembly to re-consider its stand on devolution of powers from the Federal Government to the federating units (regions). Unless that is done, Nigeria will never be able to attain economic advancement or political stability since the “Feeding bottle” federalism practised in Nigeria today is an aberration and does not make room for the development of the federating units based on areas of comparative advantage.
- Arewa Youths Ultimatum to the Acting President to Arrest Mazi Nnamdi Kanu: ICSCO observes with dismay that Arewa Youths have refused to withdraw the Quit Notice they issued to Ndigbo despite interventions of well meaning Nigerians, even from their region. Rather, they have continued to issue hate speeches, threats and ultimatums. The other time, they asked the Federal Government to declare IPOB a terrorist organization. Last time, they descended heavily on the Acting President- Prof Yemi Osibanjo, who despite all his humility and loyalty, they claimed was plotting to unseat his principal-President Buhari. Now, they are giving the same Acting President an ultimatum to arrest Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader. It is obvious that these youths want to force Nigeria into war at all cost. If not, what is the rationale behind asking for Kanu’s arrest because he is asking for Referendum when they insist that there will never be Restructuring. They should realize that IPOB has the sympathy of a vast majority of Ndigbo as a group which has stoutly challenged President Buhari’s policy of Igbo exclusion( no longer marginalization)
- Anambra Governorship Election: ICSCO is appealing to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to re-consider its stand with regards to boycotting the election. Secondly, we appeal to all parties involved to come together as Ndigbo in order to build concensus on the issue and engender peace and unity of purpose in Ala-Igbo.
Prof Obasi Igwe National Coordinator Mazi Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, MNSE Convener