An Igbo socio-political group, the Igbo Leaders of Thought, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan would be hailed as the father of New Nigeria if he pursued the proposed national conference to a logical conclusion.
The group expressed delight over the excitement and frenzy the proposed national conference had generated across the country, saying that the President proposed the exercise in order to save Nigeria. Stressing that they were proud of the development, the Igbo leaders promised to support Jonathan till 2019.
Deputy Secretary of the group, Evangelist Elliot Uko, made the statement yesterday in Enugu, adding that President Jonathan should be congratulated on his bold step to deliver Nigeria from forces that had held the country down since both the amalgamation in 1914 and Independence in 1960.
The statement partly reads: “If the national conference turns out successful, as we believe it will, President Jonathan will be hailed as father of modern Nigeria.
“We congratulate President Jonathan on his vision to save Nigeria from this tiny minority dominating and oppressive hug that held the country down for decades. We believe that the conference will be successful and we believe that President Jonathan will go down in history as the man who saved Nigeria.
“The feeling of Ndigbo and which we believe is shared by other Nigerians is that if this conference throws up a new constitution, which will be affirmed at a referendum, then President Jonathan will become the most popular leader Nigeria ever had,” the statement added.
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