South West leaders are not sincere about restructuring Nigeria - Former Minister

South West leaders are not sincere about restructuring Nigeria - Former Minister

Former Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Chief Nduese Essien has accused South West leaders of being biased in their agitation for restructuring.

Essien accused the Yoruba leaders of keeping quiet about restructuring during Obasanjo's tenure but the moment Goodluck Jonathan became president, the agitation became heated again.

Essien made this statement while reacting to last week’s opposition by the Leader, House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, to a motion, which urged companies operating in oil producing areas to relocate.

He said: “I begin to wonder whether the South-West is sincere about its agitation for restructuring.

‘’South West leaders, at every forum, over the years, propagated the restructuring of the Nigerian federation but each time an opportunity comes, they renege on restructuring.

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"when their son, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was the President of the country for eight years, the clamour for restructuring went dead. That is because they were in control of the unstructured federation, with its attendant benefits to them.

“As soon as they lost control of the federal government, the restructuring jingles came alive throughout the period of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. The jingle sounded so loud that a national conference was convened in 2014.

“A good number of delegates supported restructuring. We ended up recommending that the country should be restructured. Luckily for us, after the conference, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, revived the call.

“Last week, South West leaders all spoke in favour of restructuring. But when the opportunity came on the floor of the House of Representatives to commence the process of restructuring, another leader from the area, Gbajabiamila, kicked against it.”

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On Femi Gbajabiamila's position, the former Minister said: “I was surprised to hear the House of Representatives last week reject a motion which had asked oil companies to relocate to their areas of operation.

"The argument by the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was that the oil producing areas are unsafe for the oil companies to relocate."

Meanwhile, general Ipoola Alani Akinrinade has said that the fight to keep Nigeria as a single country is futile and that the Igbos agitating for Biafra should be allowed to go.

In a recent interview. the Biafra war veteran said although he still believe a true federal system is good for the country, the current structure made the war to keep the country as one looked futile.

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Source: Naija.ng

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