Orji Kalu Seeks Re­struc­tur­ing, Charges Youths To Take Ad­van­tage Of Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Tina Todocal­abar

FORMER Gover­nor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has called for re­struc­tur­ing of the coun­try say­ing that dis­in­te­gra­tion was not the best so­lu­tion.

He made this call yes­ter­day at the Univer­sity of Cal­abar, Cross River State while de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture on Devo­lu­tion of­pow­er­sandthe­fu­tureof Nige­ria.

His words: “The ag­i­ta­tion for devo­lu­tion of pow­ers, re­struc­tur­ing or a ref­er­en­dum, are all le­git­i­mate demo­cratic de­mands. They form partof the­con­ver­sa­tion­sthat must take place to strengthen democ­racy and make it a real sys­tem of gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple.

“How­ever, I will in­sist that we keep our ag­i­ta­tions within the bounds of our laws and con­sti­tu­tion. Once ag­i­ta­tions are within le­gal lim­its and de­void of in­sults and name-call­ing, then, you will have no is­sues with the law. You would also at­tract sup­port. Do­ing oth­er­wise means at­tract­ing the wrath of the law; and as you know, it is not al­ways a sweet ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Kalu also queried Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s in­volve­ment in state re­sources, not­ing that devo­lu­tion would have been the so­lu­tion to solv­ing those prob­lems.

He called on Nige­rian lead­ers to play a pos­i­tive role that would move the coun­try for­ward and make it a bet­ter place for the younger gen­er­a­tion.

He also charged youths to take ad­van­tage of the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for Nige­ria.

“If you ask me, I will say that the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have achieved a lot in other ar­eas by mak­ing in­de­pen­dent can­di­da­ture con­sti­tu­tional. “I will chal­lenge the Nige­rian youths to arise and take ad­van­tage of the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment on age of con­test for the pres­i­dency.

Ear­lier, Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Cal­abar, Pro­fes­sor Zana Ak­pagu, called on Kalu to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the univer­sity projects, some of which­w­ereyet­to­be­com­pleted.

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