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An Attack on One of Us is an Attack on All of Us – South East, South West, South South and Middle Belt Leaders Declare




In accordance with the established democratic ideals of peacefully resolving fundamental issues or even conflicts through genuine dialogueand consultations, it was considered wise and most appropriate to convene a high-level Summit of leaders from the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria to peacefully consult and lay-out an orderly process of finding viable solutions to the rising agitations for a fair, just, equitable and balanced restructuring of our federal system. Rising from an intensive consultative session in Abuja on Saturday, 15th July, 2017, the delegates resolved to issue the following Communique:

1. In a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious country like Nigeria, the federal system makes enormous sense, because it allows the federating units to fully look after their local affairs and to develop at their own pace. We therefore renew our loyalty, love and fundamental support for the Federal Republic of Nigeria as ONE Nation under GOD.

2. However, we are resolutely of the view that the current federal structure is unbalanced, unjust, unfair, over-centralized, unstable, anti-development and therefore unacceptable. Accordingly, we firmly support the demand to re-structure the federation in line with the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference to restore the country to the principles of Federalism enshrined in the independence constitution negotiated by our founding fathers.


3. For the federation to function properly in the interest of the constituent parts, there should be fundamental devolution of powers and functions to the federating units, so that each federating unit can effectively serve the development interests of the people. This is the central essence of a good federation, not the current over-centralization of powers and functions in the central government.

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4. As a logical derivative, we must work out a new fiscal formula that will move Nigeria away from the current over-dependence on oil and gas revenue to a diversified economy where all federating units are encouraged to develop their abundant natural human resources for regional and national development. The Federating Units shall remit agreed percentage of their revenue to the federation account.


5. Since these fundamental matters were considered and resolved at the 2014 National Conference, we urge the Federal Government to take appropriate and urgent steps to ensure the full implementation of the resolutions and recommendations contained in the CONFERENCE REPORT. Accordingly, we support the recent resolution of the National Assembly that the Report of the 2014 National Conference be placed before it.


6. We draw the attention of the Federal Government to the fact that the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a secular state, in which the Governments cannot adopt any religion as a state religion. Therefore, we ask the Federal government to immediately review the discriminatory appointments into key offices of Government and the Public Service and comply with section 14 of the 1999 Constitution. 


In addition, recent plans to adopt a combined Syllabus of religious and moral education be immediately stopped, and a return to status quo be restored, so as to ensure the teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge separately. 


7. We denounce in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible and wicked destruction of lives and property by invading herdsmen throughout the Middle Belt and Southern States. There appears to be an organic link between the operations of the Herdsmen and the Boko Haram group. The current non-chalant attitude of the Federal Government to the violence daily unleashed by the Herdsmen on innocent Nigerians is driving the Country to a war situation in several states. 

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We call on the Federal Government to immediately disarm all herdsmen in the Country and bring an end to this organised terror. State Government are also called upon to outlaw open grazing in favour organise ranching. 


8. The Summit condemns in the strongest terms the recent revelation by the chief of Army Staff, Lt General TukurBuratai about sinister plot to upturn the constitutional order in the country. The summit resolved to resist any attempt to overthrow constitution rule in the country. Nigerians will resist Military rule under any guise.


9. Summit condemns the quit order issued by Arewa Youth to Igbos to vacate the North by 1st October. The quit order is reprehensible and we insist that any harm done to the Igbo will be taken as an attack on the entire South and the Middle Belts.


10. The Summit calls on the Federal government to look into 16-point agenda submitted to the President by the South-South Leaders to sustain the current peace in the Niger Delta.



Southern Nigeria [South West, South South& South East] and Middle Belt Leaders 

In Attendance


I. Elder Edwin Clarke, OFR, CON 

II. General Ike Nwachukwu, Rtd

III. Chief Ayo Adebanjo

IV. Prof. Jerry Gana, CON 

V. Chief OluFalae

VI. Chief Guy Ikokwu

VII. Amb. Dan Suleiman 

VIII. Chief Albert Horsfall

IX. Obong Victor Attah

X. General IshayaRiziBamaiyi, Rtd

XI. Chief OnyemaUgochukwu

XII. High Chief Johnson Opone

XIII. Amb. WadibiaAnyanwu

XIV. Dr Bala Takaya

XV. Elder Paul Bassi

XVI. Elder Prof.ChigozieOgbu, OFR 

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XVII. Amb. Wilberforce Juta

XVIII. Capt. Idris I. Wada 

XIX. General. D M Jemibewon, Mni

XX. Prof. [Mrs] Viola Onwuliri

XXI. Dr Paddy Njoku

XXII. Chief Francis Doukpola, MFR

XXIII. Amb. G. B Igali, OON 

XXIV. Dr Ike Neliaku

XXV. Mr.Labaran Maku, CON

XXVI. Dr.Oluwayomi David Atte

XXVII. Dr. Tim Menakaya

XXVIII. Mr. John Dara

XXIX. Prof.IhechukwuMadubuike

XXX. Dr Yinka Odumaki

XXXI. AVM. O C Obieaika

XXXII. Barr. Mark Jacob 

XXXIII. Dr. Pogu Bitrus


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