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S’East wants referendum not additional state — IPOB



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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday, criticised the bill seeking to create an additional state for the Southeastern region.

Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, said the Igbo people needed a referendum to exit the most populous African country and not the creation of an additional state.

A bill seeking the creation of an additional state for the Southeastern region passed the first reading at the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The bill, sponsored by Ikenga Ugochinyere, the member representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency, Imo State, and others is now set for a second reading.

According to the draft bill, the creation of Orlu State will alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended), making the number of states in the federation 37 instead of the 36 it’s presently.

The proposed state will be carved out from Imo, Abia, and Anambra states, with Orlu as its capital city.

IPOB spokesman who reacted to the development said, “We don’t want more states in Igboland; creating more states in Igboland means creating more confusion and hatred among the Ndigbo.

The already existing states have not been well managed by Nigeria and now they want to create more confusion.

“The cost of governance is increasing on a daily basis in Nigeria; certainly, the new state will not be well managed like others.

“Most of the existing states in the country are not viable and they want to add more confusion and problem.

“The creation of more states is not our problem. All we want is a total referendum to determine whether the Ndigbo would like to remain in Nigeria or not. The Ndigbo want total freedom and that is what we insist on.”




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