Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
One of the founding fathers of Abia State, Professor Joshua Ogbonnaya has berated successive governments in the country for abandoning the ideas of the independence-struggle leaders for personal, tribal, and regional interests.
Ogbonnaya stated this in Umuahia while speaking to our correspondent on the 57th independence anniversary of the country amidst agitations for and against its restructuring and other challenges.
He said rather than consolidate on the ideas and structures built by the nationalists, the successive leaders have been seeking their personal ambitious at the expense of the generality of the people.
“In all honesty there have been times, when after reviewing the discomfort and prices our independence-struggle leaders paid to free us from the colonialists I wonder whether it were worth the dangers,” he lamented.
He pointed at several countries both in Africa and Asia which gained independence with the country at the same time that ” have leaped to prominence in all areas of development while we are still learning to crawl despite our endowments.”
The one time chairman of the governing council of Abia State University, Uturu, (ABSU) therefore prescribed the implementation of the recommendation of the 2014 National Conference as the end to the challenges facing the country.
According to the fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England and delegate to three national conferences the time to address the vexing issues had come or else the people would continue to suffer without hope.
“We need to restructure this country according to the recommendations of that conference which was convoked by former president Goodluck Jonathan in his wisdom to ensure peace and equity,” he added
The former old Imo State secretary of the defunct Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) in the second republic used the forum to condemn in strong terms invasion of farmlands by cattle in the state, describing it as worrisome.
Calling on the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the development which he described as a time-bomb, he added that anything short of this will highthen security challenges in the state and beyond.