Nigeria can explode anytime, warns ex-Ohanaeze leader

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FORMER President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie IkedifeUMUAHIA — FORMER President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has described as an inflammable commodity that could explode anytime.
Ikedife, a delegate at ongoing National Conference, warned that country could explode, if confab failed handle the issue of derivation formula with honesty, seriousness and without unnecessary sentiment.
According him, it is unfortunate that some delegates at confab are trying scuttle efforts amicably settle issue of derivation formula to satisfaction of everybody, particularly Niger Delta people.
He noted that people of Niger Delta had been suffering because of oil exploration and long years of neglect.
“With the stalemate the issue of derivation formula can be seen as an inflammable commodity and nobody should carry naked to where there is an inflammable commodity.
“This issue of derivation, if we push it to the bitter end it may end up in a way that an explosion will be in the face of all of us.
“Many realised that the quantum of unhappiness, quantum of anger is very high and we must not push the issue to the brinks of explosion,” Ikedife cautioned.[eap_ad_2]
He said while some people like him were working assiduously to tidy up issues at stake, especially the contentious derivation formula, some at the conference were busy drawing the issue back with personal goals they out to achieve before arrival at the conference.
He said: “Some people from a particular section of the country are bent ensuring that meaningful decision taken the issue of derivation.
“They are not aware of what the people in whose community the mineral recourses are tapped or explored suffer or they know but deliberately want them to continue suffering, and are at the conference working to put stumbling blocks to the way forward to settle the issue.
He appealed to all the delegates currently on recess to “adjust their minds towards achieving meaningful decision on the issue when the conference reconvenes on August 11, 2014.”
Ikedife insisted that the Federal Government had given Nigerians an opportunity, through the confab, to resolve the contentious issue of derivation for the country to have .
Assessing the performance of the confab, Ikedife gave it a pass mark, but noted that the only reservation he had on the issue of -go areas as directed by the Presidency.
“Much as we obey the President’s directive, suppose the solutions to Nigerian’s problems are to be found in the -go areas, should we not chase the solution into those areas?[eap_ad_3]