Yoruba Unity Forum has disagreed with the Arewa Consultative Forum over its comment on the six-zone structure canvassed by Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly.
The ACF, in a recent publication, had alleged that the six-zone structure canvassed by the SNPA during the meeting of southern leaders in Enugu was a ploy to break up the country.
However, YUF, in a statement on Sunday, said the structure was the resolve of the people of southern Nigeria to build solidarity and common understanding in strengthening the bond of national unity and cohesion. In the statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Kunle Olajide, YUF said, “The resolution seeks to coalesce the humongous 36-state structure into six regions as federating units to reduce the overbearing cost of governance, minimise corruption at all levels and make governance more efficient and responsive to the people’s yearnings.
“The SNPA was founded to build consensus and unity among the leaders of southern Nigeria as a prelude to reaching across rivers Niger and Benue to the leaders of northern Nigeria in a sincere effort to reconstruct Nigeria for stability, peace, progress and make it a nation where justice and equity will reign supreme.
“The sincere effort of the leaders of the SNPA to build consensus among Nigerian leaders on the structure of our federalism and the mode of governance through a national conference should be commended and not derided.”