The ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria, Mr. Bernhard Schlagheck, has said that his country desired to see a more united and prosperous Nigeria devoid of wrangling.
The envoy stated this during a meeting he held recently with the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, adding that the aim of the meeting was to determine the impact of the agitations of the Indigenous People of Biafra on the Igbo youth.
According to him, Germany has confidence in Nigeria’s ability to deal decently with the call for the restructuring of the country for a more equitable and just society.
German ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck.
“We are observing developments quite closely and I am here in order to get first hand impression and clearer picture of the degree of the frustration on the youths and the main cause of the dissatisfaction. We are very much interested in seeing a decent constitution process and plead with all stakeholders to respect the Nigeria Constitution and territorial integrity,” he said.
He further pointed out that he was optimistic the Nigerian people and their representatives in the National Assembly will take appropriate steps to make the restructuring process a successful one for the people.
Noting that the type of federation Nigeria operates is not the sort seen anywhere else, the president of the Enugu State chapter of the Igbo socio-cultural association, Chief Chiedozie Ogbonnia, said the agitations from the South-East stemmed from years of marginalization. He added that the main goal of the agitation was to secure a better condition for the people of the region in a united Nigeria.
The youth leader said the clamour for restructuring has become a national issue, adding that it was imperative to give all sections of the country equal sense of belonging.
He stressed that it was the hope of all Nigerians that all issues relating to the
restructuring of the country be sorted out before the 2019 general elections, as the zone was working with other regions to ensure the country continues to exist as a corporate entity.