As Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day tomorrow, the Eze Ndigbo Ghana and Assistant Publicity Secretary Association of Ndieze Ndigbo in Diaspora, HRM Eze Chukwudi Ihenetu has urged President Muhammadu Buhari- led Federal government to use June 12 as a plank to launch national reconciliation conference, which will eventually heal the marginalisation and agitation wounds cause by bad governance in the country.
In a statement, the royal father said June 12, a day set aside to honor the late democratic icon, Chief MKO Abiola and subsequently adopted as Democracy Day should be used as a day to wave olive branch by convoking national reconciliation dialogue which could return peace to the land.
While lamenting that 6 years of this administration has seen the country suffering infrastructural deficit and poor governance, he said the youths who are the leaders of tomorrow are worst hit as most of them in search of elusive jobs have embarked on trips abroad where they were subjected to humiliation.
While commending the federal government over comisisioning of Lagos Ibadan rail line, HRM Ihenetu said the effort was like a drop of water in the ocean as most part of the country remain without good roads. He said the nation will only shout eureka if all the regions are connected by rail lines and complimented with good road networks.
On the civil service, the royal father explained that corruption is still very high eventhough this administration in the last 6 years had pledged zero tolerance for corruption. “Things like this ridicule our country before the international community”, he said.
On the area of security, HRM Ihenetu said killing and banditry which was initially confined to the North East gradually spread to the North Central and the south east. “It is sad to note that since after the civil war, Nigeria has never been engulfed by insecurity as we are currently experiencing today. Daily, people are killed and all we hear is empty condemnation without real proactive measure to solve the problem.”
On Education, most students have remained at home due to prolonged strike by lecturers who agitatated for better wages. Even after the industrial actions are resolved and the students returns to classroom, they are the losers as they are hurriedly churned put as half baked graduates.
Futhermore, HRM Ihenetu said with poor governance at home, it becomes difficult for Diaspora Nigerians to invest home. “How would you expect Nigerians abroad to come home and contribute their quota to nation- building when what they hear everyday is horrendous news of killings. There is hardly any day you won’t read about mayhem with loss of life and property in Nigeria. Under such circumstances, no sane person would think of investing home,” he said.
On affairs of Nigeria in Ghana, HRM Ihenetu said, Palace of Eze Ndigbo in Ghana in conjunction with Nigeria High Commission have been able to provide succour for Nigerians who falls victim of trade war between Nigerians in Ghana and the Ghanian Trade Union. He said after intervention of Nigeria High Commission in Ghana, with palace of Eze Ndigbo Ghana through series of peace meeting, which attracted the visit of Nigeria deligation led by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Permanent solutions would soon be found to the problem.