‘Nigeria needs restructuring, not war’

Niger Delta Zonal President, Emede Grammar School Old Students Association (EGSOSA), Chief James Okpighe (middle); Principal, Ekhama Nathaniel (second left) and others during their reunion at its 44th anniversary celebration in Emede, Isoko South council area of Delta State.

Niger Delta Zonal President of Emede Grammar School Old Students Association (EGSOSA) and former President General of Oleh Community Development, Chief James Okpighe, has advocated restructuring as the answer to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political challenges.

He added that restructuring of the country’s economic policies and priorities would get enable it to exit recession. He made the assertion at association’s re-union held at the school premises Emede, Isoko South council of Delta State.

Okpighe warned of an impending crisis if the Igbo refuse to leave the North as being demanded by northern youths, noting that greed was the major problem with ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

He urged the Igbo resident in the Northern part of the country to take the warning by the Arewa youth movement to leave the region before October 1 seriously as it signposts impending war that could lead to loss of lives.

He pointed out that what led to the 1966 civil war was similar to the current scenario, stressing that up till now the order to arrest Arewa youths has been ignored.
Speaking on: “The Problem With Ethnic Nationalities in Nigeria,” Okpighe said Niger Delta Avengers were non-indigenes of the Niger Delta who are bent on causing havoc because of the oil. He noted that Biafra agitators should have made clear their national quota contribution to the development of the country.

Okpighe cautioned Delta people not to support Biafra agitators, as the South East was the only region not easily accessible in trade and mineral resources, adding that Delta people must be vigilant not to fall into the mistake of 1966. He commended the old students who contributed to the success of EGSOSA.

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