Alhaji Balarabe Musa has backed the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria with the six geo-political zones serving as the federating units.
Mr Balarabe, a former governor of Kaduna state said the nation would remain in arrested development unless it is restructured to achieve true federalism.
He stated this when he spoke at the 18th Annual Convention of the Igbo Youths Movement (IYM) held in Enugu, Musa warned that the nation would remain in arrested development unless it is restructured to achieve true federalism.
The former governor ‘s message which was read by the president of IYM, Evang. Elliot Uko argued:“As presently constituted, the states are virtually all unviable entities which are incapable of continuing to exist as viable constituent units of a true federal structure. Secondly, reverting to say, a six regional structure would reduce the competitive pressure for power at the centre and redirect more attention to regional political competencies.”
Musa sympathised with the Igbo ethnic nationality for accumulated marginalisation and unfair treatment in Nigeria federation especially since after the civil war.
“There can be little doubt that the Igbo ethnic nationality – like many other ethnic nationalities which today constitute the Nigerian State – have had a raw deal in the Nigerian project This has been particularly so since the conclusion of the unfortunate Nigerian Civil War and the failure of the State to continue to be faithful to the policy of ‘no victor, no vanquished’.
“At best, the policy of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation have not been diligently pursued by successive federal administrations. This raw deal for the Igbos has manifested in many facets of national life, and has been particularly obvious in their representation on the security apparatus and political structures of the State, where Igbo participation has, at best, been merely marginal and tokenish.”
Also speaking at the event, former governor Peter Obi said that he was appalled by the culture of waste of resources and misplacement of priority by some governors, saying that it was unbelievable that when people don’t have food to eat and light in their houses, some governors spend humongous amount of money decorating streets and providing street lights during Christmas celebrations.