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Igbo group insists on provisional constitution, rejects 2019 poll

An Igbo group, Take Back Nigeria Association (TBNA) has insisted the country return to the 1963 Republican Constitution where power was devolved to the regions otherwise the 2019 poll be shelved.

According to reports monitored on The Guardian NG, the group suggested a non-partisan civilian provisional government of national redemption be set up in place of the 2019 poll.

Reports stated that was the position adopted by the TBNA, comprising youths and elders of the entire Igbo nation with representatives from the ancestral communities in Abia, Anambra, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Kogi and Rivers states, after their town hall meeting in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

In a five-point communiqué signed by the Director-General, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo, Prof. Obasi Igwe, Evangelist Joseph Agbo, Mazi Boni Amalu and Ngozi Chukwudi, TBNA said it joins several other nationalities to affirm that “the basic problem in Nigeria today is the ‘national question’.”

The group said its position is borne out of certainty that: “Buhari cannot correctly restructure Nigeria or return it to true federalism, except as a miracle,” noting that “the Federal Government he heads is variously being suspected of pursuing a fundamentalist sectional agenda.”

While stressing that President Buhari “neither possess the legitimacy or honest patriotic perception, nor intellectual capacity to undertake a just restructuring of Nigeria or her return to true federalism,” TBNA remarked that: “those pleading to him to do so, are inadvertently giving him a carte blanche to further mess up everything, and drag the country from today’s frying pan to fire.”

The Igbo group added: “As part of peaceful transitional measures, another ‘act of necessity can be invoked by parliament, so that he and other officials can serve out their remaining term, without impeding, but actually logistically facilitating the work of a Sovereign National Conference and its provisional government.”

Read More: The Guardian NG

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