Vice President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof.Chigozie Ogbu, has ststed that the agitation for Biafra by the youths of the south-eastern zone was a genuine struggle against injustice meted against Ndigbo in the Nigerian federation.
Ogbu, who stated this at his residence in Abakaliki, insisted that after the Nigeria civil war, the constitution of the country was drafted to have oppressive tendencies against Ndigbo, seeing Ndigbo as a conquered territory.
He said that the situation has left the country with two options of restructuring or be ready to face agitations, which could degenerate into uncontrollable conflict in the country.
On the clamour for restructuring, he said that though it has come to mean different things to different people and groups, who are interpreting it to fit into their interests, true restructuring, according to him, simply means to amend the supreme law of the land, the constitution, to correct some defects that had promoted injustices, inequality and a sense of exclusion, which has made it difficult for Nigeria to develop into one united, peaceful and progressive nation.
Ogbu expressed dismay that the objectives of the 1999 constitution, which was to provide a constitution for the purpose of promoting good governance and welfare of all persons in the country on principle of freedom, equality, justice and consolidating the unity of the people, is at variance with the content of the constitution whose provisions are full of injustices and inequality that do not promote unity and good governance.
He further posited that no amount of good governance could cure the current agitation for self-determination resulting from marginalisation, because good governance meant implementing the constitution faithfully and since the constitution contains injustices and inequality, there can’t be good governance.