Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Charles Soludo, who spoke at the south-east summit on restructuring Nigeria currently ongoing in Awka, Anambra state capital, proposed five vice-presidents serving at a time — one from each geo-political zone and a six year single term for Presidents.
Charles Soludo who aligned his voice with that of various stakeholders across the country who have repeatedly argued that restructuring will help address some of Nigeria’s problems, said having a vice-president from all geo-political zones will ensure the representation of all Nigerians in government.
“The tenure of office of the president shall be a single term of six years. There shall be five vice presidents. One from each of the six geopolitical zones.”
The Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who presented the position of the zone said the present structure of Nigeria was not sustainable.
He indicated the readiness of the South East to work with any political party within the context of a transformed Nigeria that will work for every Nigerian.
“Ndigbo want a Nigeria that works. We want a national conversation to rework Nigeria. We demand for a new constitution; a Constituent Assembly should be constituted; thereafter the National Assembly should repeal the relevant clauses of the constitution,” Soludo stated.
He explained that the proposal was the aggregation of memoranda received from hundreds of Igbo groups and think-tanks home and abroad. He reiterated the commitment of Ndigbo to a united federation but noted that in the restructuring process, the current presidential system of government with bicameral legislature should be retained.
Charles Soludo further said that each region should have its own constitution, which shall be consistent with the constitution of the Federal Government.
“If the state structure is retained, the six geopolitical zones should be the basis for sharing political, economic and other things.”
Other highlights of the recommendations were that an additional state be created for the South East while local governments should be expunged from the federal constitution. They also want equality of the six geopolitical zones enshrined in the constitution so that infrastructure, appointments and revenue sharing would be based on equality of zones.