World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Clamour For Political Reforms Grow In Nigeria

2007 Presidency:Clamour For Political Reforms Grow In Nigeria

Akanimo Sampson - Port Harcourt,Nigeria

NIGERIA is still awash with agitation for a broad-based political reforms before the uncertain 2007 presidential elections in the country.Already, most of the dominant ethnic groups are resorting to spiritual powers to push their political agenda.

The South East geo-political zone seems to have turned to God in respect of their presidential project in 2007. They are also pushing for political reforms.

President General of the Federated Igbo Congress (FIC), a socio-cultural group,Chief Cosmas Ikechukwu Enweluzo, and Rev. Canon Godwin Ozumba, of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Rumueme Parish, made these facts known to SCOOP in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The state is one of Nigeria's major oil and gas producer..

While Ozumba claimed that they (clerics) are for Igbo politicians who will serve Nigeria selflessly, Enweluzo, who is also a lawyer, confirmed, “we have committed the political aspirations of Ndigbo in 2007 to God. For us, this is God’s time for Ndigbo.”

It was however, gathered the from these two prominent Igbo sources that there is a deep longing in the South East geo-political zone for political reforms in Nigeria before 2007.

For the Anglican canon, the political process in Nigeria still remains allegedly stuck in the dirty quagmire of black money. He claimed that the influence of such money, alleged greed and utter lack of responsibility have made it difficult for the country’s leaders to act decisively.

In the mean time, Enweluzo, has said that he is a pro-reform leader. According to him, “the FIC supports the clamour for good governance, progressive activities, national unity”.

“But, he went on, “politics in Nigeria seems to be criminalized. From all available indications, the criminalisation of politics appears to be engulfing the political parties instead of witnessing a setback. This is vividly captured with what is happening in Anambra State.”

Continuing, he added, “the benefits of democracy through good governance may not be realized in Anambra and other trouble spot in Nigeria, as long as the political parties in power are not sufficiently cleansed and made competent to serve people’s interest.”

Good governance, he claimed, can be attained in some measures only through the carrying out of political reforms to make the Nigerian political system fit enough to deliver good governance.

“A situation where some sections of the country like the South East and South South zones are in slavery and bondage in Nigeria, is not good enough for a country that is destined for greatness. We should strive to dismantle every impediments that have made it impossible for all hands to be on deck”, the FIC said.

According to the Igbo congress, “it is high time concrete measure were put in place to end the continued marginalisation and neglect of the South East and the South South. These two geo-political zones are being devastated by environmental problems. This, must not be allowed to continue. Wed are opposed to continued injustice in Nigeria”.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC