THE Traditional Ruler of Enugwu Aguleri, in Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra State, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, has called on the federal government to consider restructuring the country as a priority, for every Nigerian to have a sense of belonging in the national affairs of the country.
Eze Eri made the call in an interview with the press at his palace, urging the National Assembly to ensure that the constitution, which will emerge from the ongoing process of constitutional amendment, will equitably address the needs and aspiration of the privileged and the downtrodden in the nation.
The Enugwu Aguleri monarch, who could not hide his feeling on the state of affairs in the nation, said, things in Nigeria had continued to fall apart despite the nation’s long years of existence as an independent country, describing as worrisome, the degenerating security challenges in Nigeria, particularly the North.
He said, “Nigeria is attaining 60 years of age; so looking at things that keep us as a nation, we understand that situation is not well; Nigeria’s 60 years are not six days. Therefore, we should think deeper on our national life. An individual or society is expected to grow and develop starting from the birth, but in our case as a nation, things are falling apart on daily basis as we grow. Insecurity in Nigeria, particularly the North is worrisome”.
He, however, eulogised Gov Obiano’s giant stride and doggedness in making Anambra State crime-free, saying that the governor on assuming office, nabbed and swept crimes and criminalities out of the state using his own native town, Aguleri, to show the criminal elements in the state what he was up to, by mercilessly demolishing all dens of kidnappers in the town.
Reacting on the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff and its resultant industrial action by the organised labour, the monarch appealed to the federal government and the organised labour to settle their differences amicably, reminding them that their different efforts are for common good, therefore, the efforts should not be taken to a level detrimental to the masses.
Felicitating with the Nigerians on the nation’s diamond jubilee, the royal father expressed gratitude to God, for keeping Nigeria as one over the years and advised Nigerians to support those in a leadership position, for a progressive and desired Nigeria.
Similarly, an Executive Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Community Liaison, Peter Igbanu Anyaegbuna, called on well-meaning Nigerians to see the occasion of the nation’s Independence Day not only as a moment of rejoicing but also a period of sober reflection on the sacrifices of the famous nationalists, such as the late Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Belawa, the late Chief Obafemi Owolowo, among others.
According to him, “Nigeria’s 60 years of independence as a nation and 21 years of uninterrupted civil rule are worth giving thanks to God and congratulations to Nigerians, particularly the famous nationalists, who sacrificed their energy to bring about the independence we celebrate today. Also, all Nigerians deserve congratulations, on our determination to remain one indivisible state despite our diversities in culture, religion and ethnicity.”