The newly inaugurated senator representing Imo North, Frank Ibezim, has called for an additional state to be created for the South-east.
He said an additional state for the region would go a long way to pacify the people, while suggesting restructuring to help strengthen the nation’s democracy.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, on the gains of democracy, to mark the 2021 democracy day celebration, Ibezim also said “democracy had fared well in Nigeria, compared to the days of military regimes.”
“During the military era, due to some draconian laws, people were not supposed to speak against the government; “but today, people have freedom to speak and you have free speeches also,” he said.
On the clamour for restructuring and secession, the lawmaker said it was high time the government listened to the people and harmonized the differences to ensure peace is restored.
“Now, most Nigerians are calling for peace, and I believe that, with the challenges of our time, maybe it is a way to eventually help this nation. So, I can’t throw away those that are talking about succession.
“All I want for Nigerians is to listen to everybody, because by the time you listen to everybody we will be able to come together. I believe that this is a great country. I believe that there is hope for positive development and I believe that now is the time for us to look inwards and work together.”