- Afenifere accused the core north of being against restructuring
- Its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, said the country will develop with true federalism
- He insisted that every unit has what it takes to grow
The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has lashed out at the core north for being against restructuring accusing them of focusing on power rather than development.
According to The Sun, Yinka Odumakin who is the spokesperson of the group said restructuring was the answer to Nigeria’s problem.
He said the whole country will benefit from true federalism as it will make each unit develop with their resources.
“It’s unfortunate that the core North bluntly refused to see reasons why we need to restructure Nigeria.
“Their style is if I don’t make it, you must not make it.
“All they want is for everybody to be at a level where you can’t develop, where you can’t make progress.
“All they want is amass and control. They believe they can only prosper in inequity, that they cannot prosper under a new arrangement.
“It’s a fallacy. We need restructuring to enjoy prosperity.
“At the 2014 National Conference, we looked at the map of Nigeria. There is no part of Nigeria that will not live in prosperity and happiness if we practice true federalism.
“The mineral deposit in Niger State alone, if we practice true federalism will make that state richer than some countries.
“With restructuring, they will prosper better. The North should stop looking for what is not there. They are searching for oil in Lake Chad.
“The mineral deposits in the North will fetch them much more than oil. In the area of education, they make the system uneven.
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“A child from the South is given admission with higher marks, while his counterpart from the North gains admission with lower marks in the common entrance exam.
“What is common in that entrance? It’s uncommon entrance. It’s from that narrow point of view that they look at things.
“That section of the country is not interested in the prosperity and advancement of anybody.”
Meanwhile, The south west consultative forum gave its support for the Arewa Youths quit notice to the Igbo living in the North.
The group said Arewa youths consultative forum simply asked the Ndigbo to go back to their region so that they can continue with their Biafra nation agenda.
Daily Times reports that the forum made its support known in a meeting which was held in Ibadan over the weekend.
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