The Strategy Committee of the Igbo Leaders of Thought led by renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze, yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to see the proposed national conference as an opportunity to rebuild Nigeria in view of the myriads of challenges threatening the nationâ€™s unity.
Deputy Secretary of the group, Elliot Uko, told journalists in Enugu that the conference represents a vehicle for genuine transformation of Nigeria and commended President Jonathan for having the courage and boldness to convene the conference.
“Igbo Leaders of Thought commends President Jonathan for his efforts to transform Nigeria into a nation that we all would be very proud of. We commend the president’s commitment in fighting insecurity, his commitment in transforming the country and his sincerity in convening a national conference.
“We assure the president that even though Igbo Leaders of Thought are not praise singers, we will identify with him when the time comes, because we have watched him seriously and we have come to the conclusion that he is sincere, committed and dedicated in his avowed commitment in growing this country into a nation that will make Blackman proud,” he said.
He stressed that with the nation at cross roads, the national conference couldn’t have come at a more auspicious time, saying that it may well be a veritable platform to rebuild the country.
“We plead with the president to ensure that this national conference truly rebuilds this country and it will be a wonderful legacy if he does,” Uko said.
The Igbo leaders had last week presented the Igbo position on the conference even as it advocated for the right of the zones to form the basis for the federating units and the rights of self determination, including the right to secede.
Nwabueze who presented the position paper also apologised to Igbo leaders for the inability of himself and former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, to accede to their request to be part of the conference.