Nnamdi Kanu has said that speculations in some quarters that he promised to drop the agitation for Biafra restoration if Nigeria was restructured were untrue.
Kanu who made the denial in Umuahia, Abia State, said that he wouldn’t have made such pronouncement when there were no indications that the endemic injustices against Igbo could ever be addressed through restructuring.
Also in a statement yesterday, the Southern Leaders of Thought said that “negotiated restructuring implemented through a new constitution is the best assurance for the realisation of our desire for one Nigeria.”
The group said: “We, members of the group of Southern Leaders of Thought, are committed patriots imbued with an abiding faith in one Nigeria and the belief that the majority of Nigerians share the same faith, but wish to be given an opportunity to negotiate changes in our governmental structures, needed to accomplish their desires believing that appropriate structures must be put in place for good governance, another of our vital needs, to take place.
“In our circumstances as a country, with a vast expanse of territory, comprising a great diversity of ethnic nationalities with divergent interest and outlooks, it seems generally agreed that a federal system, truly so called, is the system appropriate to our situation.
“We therefore conceive restructuring or re-establishment of the kind of federalism that existed under the 1960/1963 Constitutions. That is the central object or purpose of restructuring.”
Nwabueze said that the way forward for Nigeria is for the people “in exercise of power inherent in them as a sovereign people, to make, through a referendum, a new constitution, consisting of a new political order.”
He added that the process must be led by a President, “as the elected leader of the people imbued by an ardour for change.”
Kanu, who dismissed the speculations as part of the fabrication and distortion of facts by the enemies of the struggle, urged Biafra activists and other Nigerians to disregard the claims.
He said that those who believe Nigeria could ever be restructured were living in self-illusion because “those benefiting from the current lopsidedness will stop at nothing in resisting any move towards restructuring.
According to him, it is too late to restructure Nigeria “because those who think Nigeria is their estate have made it impossible.”
Kanu said the advocates of restructuring would soon come to terms with realities but regretted that such realization might be too late.