Southern Nigeria leaders have called for an urgent restructure of Nigeria to avert what they described as imminent disintegration of the country. Those who shared this view included former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Major General Zamani Lekwot, retd; and Professor Banji Akintoye, among others.

One of Anyaoku seeks 8 zones as federating units, restructuring as condition for votes. Taking into account the historical and current developments, including especially the continuing outrageous killings in the North Central zone of the country, I am proposing a restructuring of Nigeria into a true federation of eight  federating units comprising the existing six geo-political zones plus a restored old Mid-West region and a newly created Middle Belt federating unit.

The present mostly non-viable 36 states many of which can no longer pay the salaries of their workers, should be retained in the new federating units but as development zones to be administered without their current costly executive and administrative institutions.

It would be for each federating unit to decide if and when to create within it additional development zone(s) in response to any genuine cry of marginalisation… ‘’I therefore call on our governments and lawmakers to heed the growing warning signs of potential national disaster by agreeing to adopt a restructured true federalism which I believe will provide the best basis for the realisation of the Nigerian nation that we all desire, a stable, united and socio-economically fast developing country with a correspondingly accountable and citizen-empathetic leadership.

“Now that national elections are approaching in 2019, I would like to end by urging all intending voters to regard a firm unambiguous and time-specific commitment to the restructuring of Nigeria’s present governance architecture, as the pre-requisite for voting for any political party and its candidates.’’ You can’t have true federation without justice’ formal secretary of Commonwealth stated

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) Thursday cautioned against the removal of elected officials particularly the President, saying doing so would not augur well for the nation’s fledging democracy. Gowon stated this in Abuja on Thursday while playing host to members of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who paid him a courtesy visit. 

General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) While noting that disagreements remain vital components of a democracy, the elder statesman said such disagreements could be handled differently without necessarily taking the impeachment option. Gowon who presided over the affairs of the nation and oversaw a 30-month old genocide against Biafran men and women said this against the backdrop of the submission of a report on motion for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano Aircrafts without legislators’ approval. He said: “It may be too early in the day to start impeaching Presidents in Nigeria. 

Otherwise, there is no President that will not get impeached because of these interest groups. He called on the different groups in the North to come together to project a common front adding that too many groups could send wrong signals to other parts of the country. “We need to come together as a people. 

The Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum and the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly should come together or we would end up polarising the North,” he warned. Chairman of the Forum and former Presidential adviser, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai in his opening remarks said the group is committed to sustainable peace and harmonious co-existence of all ethnic nationalities in the country. 


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