Niger Delta groups insist on restructuring, threaten break-up of the country

Niger Delta groups insist on restructuring, threaten break-up of the country

- Niger Delta elders reiterated their call for the restructure of Nigeria

- Civil societies in the region also expressed the same position

- They lashed out at the APC for not making restructuring a priority

Civil societies in the Niger Delta region have called for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria warning that failure to do so might lead to the break-up of the country

There has been serious campaign for the restructuring of the country although the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has not expressed support for it.

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According to report, the groups alongside traditional rulers in the region expressed dismay over statement credited to the chairman of the ruling party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that the part was more focused on making the country better rather than restructuring.

The right groups in a joint statement said: “We read with shock, the outburst by the APC National Chairman, Odigie-Oyegun, saying that APC is not in support of restructuring of Nigeria. It is imperative to note that Nigeria is bigger than APC, Odigie-Oyegun and that their position will not really determine the divisibility of Nigeria.

“Whether APC manifesto supports restructuring or not, it does not matter. What matters is the wishes of generalities of Nigerians. We want to state here that the quest for restructuring this structurally defective country back to the very political structure at independent is beyond Odigie-Oyegun and his party.

“It is a political tsunami that no man can stop with rhetoric or appeal to sentiment. The alternative to restructuring of this country to the very structure at independent upon, which our unity and indivisibility was built is separation by any means necessary.

“In the very words of lBB, it is an ideal that has come to stay. Those who are opposed to restructuring will live to regret their ill informed decisions. The claim that APC is about providing food for Nigerians and not restructuring falls below expectation. We are constrained to inform Odigie-Oyegun and his APC that what Nigerians desire urgently are justice, fairness and equality. These can only be actualized through restructuring.

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“We want Nigeria to be a true federal state with six autonomous regions. Each of the regions contributing equally to a common pulse as it was in our independent constitution of 1960.

“Again, we equally disagree with Junaid Mohammed of his uninformed position of no restructuring of this lopsided Nigeria state. We are not surprised to hear this from the likes of Junaid Mohammed, who is from a region that is benefiting from the defective federal structure at the detriment of other regions.”

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