The Igbo Leadership Development Foundation [ILDF] has kicked off “The Great Debate for National Unity” for the actualization of the 2023 Presidency of Igbo extraction in Abuja.
The event took place at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
The debate was presented in collaboration with Gregory University Uturu [GUU], Okigwe, in Abia State, World Igbo Summit [WIS] Group, Center for International Professional and Advanced Studies [CIAPS], and New Generation Leadership Development Foundation [NGLDF].
The debate titled “Federal Character, Restructuring and Rotation of Presidential Power in Nigeria” featured representatives from Middle Belt, minorities of the far North and South South, the South West and South East.
The event featured speakers such as chairman of the occasion, General Yakubu Gowon who was represented, co-chairman, Alhaji Salihu Abubakar Tanko Yakassai the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, and Professor Gregory I. Ibe [Enyi Aba].
Other speakers are Professor Pat Utomi, frontline human and environmental activist, Ms. Annkio Briggs, Chief Yinka Odumakin, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Professor Udenta Udenta, Hajiya Aisha Aliyu, and a host of others.
Rotation of Nigeria’s Presidential Power, based on Equity and the Constitutional Federal Character Principle is the key to full integration and therefore our ultimate mission.
THE GREAT DEBATE will be held in Abuja, Lagos and Enugu, and the topic will be the same.
We shall therefore, continue to canvass legislative support, grass-root activism and cross-regional integration of our mutual interests to build national consciousness against marginalization, exclusion and neglect of any section of the federation.
Evidence of marginalization, exclusion and even victimization of sections of the country abound. Pockets of these exist in Middle Belt, minorities of the far North, the South West and of course in the South East.
THIS DEBATE – THE GREAT DEBATE FOR NATIONAL UNITY: FEDERAL CHARACTER, RESTRUCTURING AND THE ROTATION OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER IN NIGERIA is intended to show The PATHWAY for realistic, equitable, justiciable, self-deterministic and rapid socio-economic development that will douse the agitation for outright secession.
The event was hosted by Gregory University Uturu as part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); under the auspices of lgbo Renaissance Center.
More details of the event will be published in subsequent bulletins.
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