Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the South East Development Commission (SEDC) Bill.
Anyanwu said giving assent to the bill which has been gathering dust on the president’s table would be part of the measures to kick-start the restructuring of the country
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Imo State and chief sponsor of the bill during the 8th Senate, maintained that once the bill was assented by the President, South East region would heave a sigh of relief.
According to him, the SEDC when established would generate employment opportunities for youths and resolve issues bordering on marginalization and underdevelopment of the South East zone.
He commended the Southern governors for giving their nod for total restructuring of the country to fast-track development in all regions, saying that only an insane and uninformed person could criticize their stand.
Senator Anyanwu said that the reappraisal of federal appointments to reflect national character would strengthen the unity of the country and reduce agitations for secession.
He applauded the ban on open grazing in the South, describing the decision as a step in the right direction.
He added that the enforcement of the ban would go a long way in reducing the rising insecurity and invasion of people’s farmlands.
He therefore enjoined the president to rise to the occasion to avoid a total break down of law and order, stressing the need for all hands to be on deck towards guaranteeing peace.
Anyanwu further charged the people in the South to ignore political, religious and ethnic affiliations and concentrate on the issues that unite Nigerians as a people.
The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions further called on lawmakers, traditional rulers, community and religious leaders in the South to support the restructuring of the country, pointing out that peace and unity remain meaningless under an atmosphere of rancor, acrimony and crisis.
Senator Anyanwu regretted that the federal government has not demonstrated genuine commitment in the fight against corruption and insecurity, wondering if the APC led administration was waiting to see Nigerians perish before drastic measures would be taken to rescue the situation.
He praised the Southern Governors for standing on the path of truth, adding that the economy of Southern Nigeria has been adversely affected that every urgent steps must be taken to revive it.