The immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has asked the leadership of the National Assembly to back the creation of “Adada” from Enugu State.
Nwodo, who led a delegation to the National Assembly on Wednesday, met with Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamil; and Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, on the matter.
The Igbo leader noted that Adada was approved at the national conference of 2014, adding that since then, no one has rejected the creation of the new state.
He said, “The proposed Adada state has peculiar characteristics which are; no petition against it within or outside Enugu state, unanimity of demand by all the five south-eastern states, approval at the 2014 national conference and the need for it to make states in Igbo north, three, as it is presently in Igbo south which has Imo, Anambra and Abia states as against Igbo North which presently has only Enugu and Ebonyi as states.”
Speaking on behalf of the National Assembly leadership, Lawan said the creation of the state is a “legitimate agitation”, adding that the national assembly will listen to concerns of all Nigerians.
He asked Nigerians to take the opportunity of the constitutional review process that the ninth senate and indeed the national assembly have embarked upon.
He said: “You are in order. You are at the right place. This is the people’s assembly, saddled with the responsibility and mandate of receiving and listening to Nigerians who desire one form of legislative Intervention or the other to ensure that Nigeria is stable, peaceful, that people live in harmony and trust.
“We are going to give you every opportunity and support that will be necessary for the creation of the Adada state.
“It is a constitutional and legitimate agitation. Nigerians should take the opportunity of the constitutional review process that the ninth senate and indeed the national assembly have embarked upon.”