- One of Nigeria's new political parties, New Generation Party (NGP), is contributing to the polity already
- Its national chairman, Yakubu Shendam has added his voice to the ongoing restructuring debate
- The party is said to be contribute its own quota to national development
The national chairman of New Generation Party (NGP), Yakubu Shendam has said that Nigeria does not need restructuring as being clamoured by various groups in the country.
According to Shendam, what Nigeria needs now is mental restructuring to have a total reorientation of the people.
He stated that for the country to move forward and yield the needed developmental structures in line with the yearnings of the people, the mindset of the people must be completely reformed.
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He went on to say Nigeria is already blessed with lots of mineral and human resources but corruption, greed, religious bigotry and ethnic division have been the major factors militating against the development of the country.
His words: “We are of the opinion that the problem of Nigeria might not be restructuring. We believe in equity and as a former national delegate to the National Conference of Nigeria in 2014, we deliberated on the subject of restructuring Nigeria, comprising of various groups, religion, ethnic groups civil societies, and other political stakeholders of various interests.
“Those of us who represented the youths, particularly myself, had our own views, and we believed what Nigeria actually needed, even if equity is key, it’s more of mental restructuring.
“If Nigeria is divided into segments and you don't develop the mentality of Nigerians, restructuring will become a generational statement.
“We in the New Generation Party (NGP) are of the opinion that what we, need in Nigeria is mental restructuring because; when you talk about restructuring of Nigeria, which means, people should be given fair share of resources and treated equally. But you will end up restructuring peoples’ pocket.”
He stressed that Nigeria don’t have a national identity, which has prompted calls for secession by some groups.
Shendam emphasized that until Nigerians come together and unite as citizens of an indivisible nation, the country cannot achieve its dream of becoming one of the top developed economies in the world.
“The New Generation Party is offering that solution and that is why the party came on-board. We are tired of continuous listening to our so called leaders with their divisive stories,” he added.
Meanwhile, the former interim national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, has said the development of Nigeria’s political system is being curtailed by monetisation of politics.
Akande, stated this in a remark on Friday, June 30 at a meeting of Osun Elders Forum also known as ‘Agba Osun’ in his country home, Ila.
According to Akande, monetisation of politics should be urgently curtailed because the practice has eroded the core values of politics in the country.
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