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Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by czarH: 10:52am On Aug 16, 2023
APC chieftain and former member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency, Rep. Sam Onuigbo, has said that the imbalance and unfairness being witnessed by the South East is a symptom of a foundational issue relating to imbalance in the number of states within the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The former National Lawmaker made this known while appearing as a guest on Arise TV News Network.

Reacting to the topic “The Standing of the South East Zone in Tinubu’s Government”, Rep Onuigbo posited that the perceived marginalization of the South East can be attributed to a wrong foundation, adding that this problem predates the present administration.

“That wrong foundation is that the South East is not supposed to have five states”, he said.

He noted that while the North-West has seven states and other regions of the federation have six states respectively, so the South East region with only five states would still be disadvantaged even if the ministerial positions were shared on a state basis.

"So even if you are doing a minister per state, South East will still fall short, at least two when compared to the North-West. That is something we are going to address in the near future using a constitutional amendment to be able to create a state at least to balance the South East to have six states,” he said.

Citing the works of Baron de Montesquieu and James Harrington on Jurisprudence and Separation of Powers, he stated that while government is continuous, with people coming and going, there is a need to institute structures that do not allow for the unfair treatment of any group.

“Now that we have made it clear that this shortfall is not in the interest of the South-East, this time, I am hopeful that we are going to look forward towards achieving that which is in the interest of the South East zone.

“Over the years, even when I was in the House of Representatives, we have been making the appeal for an additional state to be created in the South East zone. This is because the states and local governments are the things used for the distribution of positions. But when you have a shortfall from the beginning, that is a major bad foundation that you cannot easily repair. “

Rep. Onuigbo also lauded President Tinubu, whom he said has shown goodwill by appointing the Chief of Naval Staff from the South East zone, which is a departure from the past eight years where the zone was not represented in the appointment of the nation’s security chiefs.

“This administration has started well by ensuring that the South East now has a member among the service Chiefs of the armed forces. This is a positive sign,” he said.

“We have a saying that if you praise the man preparing akidi (beans porridge) for the one that he has prepared, he will be encouraged to prepare more for you. We have to commend him for the ones he has done, and urge him to do more. It is my appeal now to the President, who is a listening President, that as we go forward, that he will be able to look at these appeals made by South East leaders and ensure that the South East is fairly represented,” he concluded.

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by Ikaeniyan0: 10:55am On Aug 16, 2023
More states should not be created, we should be talking of reducing the states at this point sef. Nigeria is not suppose to have more than 3 states in each of the geopolitical region.

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by triple996(m): 11:11am On Aug 16, 2023
Where is d land??
D states we have now are not even viable u are calling 4 more parasitic states that will only drain more allocation 4rm fg

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by gidgiddy: 11:16am On Aug 16, 2023
triple996:
Where is d land??
D states we have now are not even viable u are calling 4 more parasitic states that will only drain more allocation 4rm fg

If it was about land, Lagos the smallest State in Nigeria, would not qualify to be a State

The 36 states if Nigeria should be dissolved, and referendum used to reconstitute them into Regions with resource control

Each Region can the create 300 states within if they like, they will be paying for them anyway

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by BossGerald: 11:17am On Aug 16, 2023
triple996:
Where is d land??
D states we have now are not even viable u are calling 4 more parasitic states that will only drain more allocation 4rm fg

Ever heard "anioma state"??


Dey play

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by triple996(m): 11:27am On Aug 16, 2023
gidgiddy:


If it was about land, Lagos the smallest State in Nigeria, would not qualify to be a State

The 36 states if Nigeria should be dissolved, and referendum used to reconstitute them into Regions with resource control

Each Region can the create 300 states within if they like, they will be paying for them anyway

Lagos state can feed itself and d entire Yoruba land. Mention one eastern state that can survive without federal allocation. Let start 4rm there.
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by GeneralPula: 11:28am On Aug 16, 2023
gidgiddy:


If it was about land, Lagos the smallest State in Nigeria, would not qualify to be a State

The 36 states if Nigeria should be dissolved, and referendum used to reconstitute them into Regions with resource control

Each Region can the create 300 states within if they like, they will be paying for them anyway
When Biafra is already 99% loading?

Relax. You’ll have it soon..

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by Ola9ja23: 11:33am On Aug 16, 2023
This Dot in a circle republic. The entire region in less than Kaduna in term of land mass

Every state just like a village in Oyo state and upon the gigantic monthly allocation they still remain most impoverish republic.

All thanks to Simon Epa 😂😀🤣
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by mdimefields: 11:41am On Aug 16, 2023
GeneralPula:

When Biafra is already 99% loading?

Relax. You’ll have it soon..
Na Igbo matter una dey get mouth. Very wicked fellows.
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by GeneralPula: 12:11pm On Aug 16, 2023
mdimefields:

Na Igbo matter una dey get mouth. Very wicked fellows.
Aside from Igbos, who else dey choke mouth for Yoruba matter?

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Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by KGBKremlin: 12:15pm On Aug 16, 2023
czarH:
APC chieftain and former member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency, Rep. Sam Onuigbo, has said that the imbalance and unfairness being witnessed by the South East is a symptom of a foundational issue relating to imbalance in the number of states within the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The former National Lawmaker made this known while appearing as a guest on Arise TV News Network.

Reacting to the topic “The Standing of the South East Zone in Tinubu’s Government”, Rep Onuigbo posited that the perceived marginalization of the South East can be attributed to a wrong foundation, adding that this problem predates the present administration.

“That wrong foundation is that the South East is not supposed to have five states”, he said.

He noted that while the North-West has seven states and other regions of the federation have six states respectively, so the South East region with only five states would still be disadvantaged even if the ministerial positions were shared on a state basis.

"So even if you are doing a minister per state, South East will still fall short, at least two when compared to the North-West. That is something we are going to address in the near future using a constitutional amendment to be able to create a state at least to balance the South East to have six states,” he said.

Citing the works of Baron de Montesquieu and James Harrington on Jurisprudence and Separation of Powers, he stated that while government is continuous, with people coming and going, there is a need to institute structures that do not allow for the unfair treatment of any group.

“Now that we have made it clear that this shortfall is not in the interest of the South-East, this time, I am hopeful that we are going to look forward towards achieving that which is in the interest of the South East zone.

“Over the years, even when I was in the House of Representatives, we have been making the appeal for an additional state to be created in the South East zone. This is because the states and local governments are the things used for the distribution of positions. But when you have a shortfall from the beginning, that is a major bad foundation that you cannot easily repair. “

Rep. Onuigbo also lauded President Tinubu, whom he said has shown goodwill by appointing the Chief of Naval Staff from the South East zone, which is a departure from the past eight years where the zone was not represented in the appointment of the nation’s security chiefs.

“This administration has started well by ensuring that the South East now has a member among the service Chiefs of the armed forces. This is a positive sign,” he said.

“We have a saying that if you praise the man preparing akidi (beans porridge) for the one that he has prepared, he will be encouraged to prepare more for you. We have to commend him for the ones he has done, and urge him to do more. It is my appeal now to the President, who is a listening President, that as we go forward, that he will be able to look at these appeals made by South East leaders and ensure that the South East is fairly represented,” he concluded.

Wait till you get Biafra and make it 10th states
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by gidgiddy: 12:46pm On Aug 16, 2023
triple996:

Lagos state can feed itself and d entire Yoruba land. Mention one eastern state that can survive without federal allocation. Let start 4rm there.

And which other state was capital of Nigeria for over 70 years like Lagos was?
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by Typing: 1:02pm On Aug 16, 2023
IGBO only have 3 and half indegeneous States in the EAST. They are Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and half of Enugu States. Anambra and half of Enugu States are Igala ancestral Land and part of North.

If Igbo actually need more States, then it has to be created between Ebonyi, Imo or Abia. Anambra and half of Enugu States are no ho area for Igbo.

Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by triple996(m): 1:28pm On Aug 16, 2023
gidgiddy:


And which other state was capital of Nigeria for over 70 years like Lagos was?
The usual excuse. So because lagos a capital that's why no biafra state can feed itself or survive without fg allocation. Btw Kaduna is also generating the same as allocation given to them so is rivers and ogun, was any of them capital also?
Re: Onuigbo Calls For The Creation Of A Sixth State For The South East by gidgiddy: 1:58pm On Aug 16, 2023
triple996:

The usual excuse. So because lagos a capital that's why no biafra state can feed itself or survive without fg allocation. Btw Kaduna is also generating the same as allocation given to them so is rivers and ogun, was any of them capital also?

You people should agree for Nigeria to divide and not bother about who can feed its self

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