……ERA May Back Atiku/Obi If……
Given the tensed and heated political atmosphere saturated in Nigeria at the moment owing to the incoming 2019 general election where Nigerians decide their fate, the Eastern Region Assembly (ERA) have taken it upon themselves, to call Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for a national discourse in London soonest since it is yet unclear to them what he means by restructuring, a relative term that could be seen from different lenses. This was made known to the press by the National President, Eastern Region Assembly (ERA), Ejike Ikezuagu after their highly powered meeting held last Monday in Stratford, London, United Kingdom on his return from the USA.
It was also noted that the ERA National President, Ejike Ikezuagu with the Secretary, ERA UK Headquarters, M/s Nkechi Anene were in the US two weeks ago for a meeting with the group’s members and stakeholders on the issues concerning “Atiku/Obi restructuring agenda” and other economic matters as it regards with the interest of the region and Nigerians in general.
ERA is a socio-political organisation representing the people of the Old Eastern Region as a political bloc to champion the interest of the region. It is a group with global chapters which its headquarters is in the United Kingdom and national office is in Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria.
After the group’s due consultations with various stakeholders, groups and friends across the region and international, they have come to an inescapable conclusion that there is need for the people of old Eastern region to have a vibrant political movement that will play a role equivalent to that of Arewa Consecutive Forum and Odua Youths.
The group take cognisance of Ohanaeze Youth Council who have been playing a good role as well as speaking wonderfully in the interest of the region, however, they are not regarded as a political bloc nor a political movement representing the people of the East.
Also, Ijaw Youths Council and other related ethnic groups in the eastern region are organisations representing their ethnic interests, thereby leaving the collective interest of the entire eastern region at bay without having a political movement to liaise with political parties in order to protect their interest as a region.
ERA is here to ensure that the entire groups in the eastern region have one voice in all national issues as it regards with the eastern region.
In the days to come, they have promised to take a decision regarding the incoming election as it affects the entire region. They shall take a decision regarding campaigns of all the political parties after proper consultations.
They expressed their anger on the current administration that have paid deaf ears to the clamour for restructuring. The National President who almost wept during the press time said “the region and Nigeria at large have taken note of the fact that the present administration under President Mohammadu Buhari rejected all pleas by Nigerians to restructure the country. The administration insisted that the problem of Nigeria is the “process” and not the “structure”.
Furthermore, he said
“However, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar agreed that the problem of Nigeria is the “structure” and had accepted to restructure the country if elected, so we may consider him if and only if”…
Finally, he said ” On the other hand, IPOB has expressed reservation on the issue of “restructuring” and submitted that there is urgent need for “referendum” for the people to decide for their fate. Well, they may make an amendment, perhaps, after Atiku/Obi has come to state categorically how the design for the restructuring of the country will look like”.
ERA believes that these are healthy national issue that needs a national discourse.
“ERA will soon take its own position in all these matters, considering various interests after inviting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the ERA World Press Conference in London to expatiate the word “restructuring” and what he means for a clearer understanding to all the Nigerians. And we will urge all the groups in the eastern region to take and uphold the position”, the group concluded.