- Ex-governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, says former military president Ibrahim Babangida should apologies to Nigerians for helping to bring the country to its present level
- Oshiomhole tells Nigerians to be cautious about the ongoing clamour for restructuring and quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave their current place of residence
- The former governor says it is time for the country to amend the constitution in such a way that residency should replace citizenship
The immediate past governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, has faulted former military president, Ibrahim Babangida for saying it was time to restructure Nigeria.
Oshiomhole, said rather than call for restricting, Babangida should apologize to Nigerians for helping to bring the country to its present level.
The former governor made the statement on Thursday, June 29, when he spoke through the general secretary of national union of textile, garment and tailoring workers, Comrade Issa Aremu, at the 5th triennial delegates conference of the petroleum and natural gas senior staff association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in Abuja, the Nation reports.
He said: “The discussion now is about restructuring and I think those of us in the labour circle must be careful about some words. I heard Babangida talking about restructuring. Although he could have been converted, this is a man under whose tenure, the cabinet was dissolved and for almost a month, he was alone, ruling the country.
“I thought that he should have apologized to the whole country, but there is nothing like that from him. But it is now fashionable for him to talk about restructuring. It was under him that the economy was restructured. He devalued the currency and downsized workers. It is important that we prioritize these terms.”
Speaking on the theme, Emerging Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry and its Impacts on Labour Movement in Nigeria, the ex-governor called on Nigerians to be cautious about the ongoing clamour for restructuring and quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave their current place of residence.
“What we need to do is organize and not agonise. Let us quit our problems and not quit ourselves. We are giving quit notice to ourselves and as Nigerians we cannot afford that," Oshiomhole noted.
The former governor said instead of issuing quit notice to fellow Nigerians, the country should quit poverty, lack of electricity, import dependency, exporting crude oil and importing refined products and unemployment.
He said it was time for the country to amendment of the constitution in such a way that residency should replace citizenship, not indigeneship.
NAIJ.com recalls that Ibrahim Babangida made the call for restructuring of Nigeria on Monday, June 26, during prayers to mark his 75th birthday celebration at the Hilltop in Minna, Niger state.
IBB launched an appeal to Nigerians to draw back from further campaign of hate the like of which he said led to the 30 month civil war.
The former military president said that there was little discord among Nigerians of different social classes.
He urged Nigerians to synergise their different potentials towards building a great nation. Regarding the restructuring of Nigeria, Babangida called for the devolution of more powers from the federal level to the states. IBB urged Nigerians to embrace the creation of state police.
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