- Don Etiebet called for the implementation of the National Conference report, thanking APC governors for also urging same
- He noted that with 24 out of 36 governors calling for an implementation of the report, the constitution can be amended
- The former minister also called for intensification in the fight against corruption
Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, Don Etiebet, has stated that true federalism is what will end the agitations for the secessionist state of Biafra.
According to reports, the former minister made his comments while addressing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, June 27.
NAIJ.com learnt that Etiebet stressed that the nation’s problems will not be solved by restructuring alone.
According to Etiebet, if the report of the National Conference was implemented, it will keep Nigeria strong and united; as it captured all the ingredients desired.
He stated: “Restructuring is not equal to true federalism. What Nigeria needs is true federalism, with all it comes with, including fiscal federalism.
“The resolutions of the last National Conference captured all the ingredients, and if adopted will keep Nigeria strong, united, indivisible, devoid of incessant rancour between groups and fear of domination.
“I think the country should be very grateful to the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Governors Forum which has come out to support this position strongly on the current challenges to Nigeria’s unity.
“We should all applaud them, cease all altercations forthwith and work from there. With 24 out of 36, and they are all APC governors, coming out with this position, the Constitution is amended.
“What is remaining now is to sit down and work out the details.
“At the same time, we must continue to pursue the fight against corruption more intensely and vigorously while ways to contain corruption very drastically must be part of the Constitutional amendments for the true federalism.
“There must be an atmosphere of fear to prevent corruption and enthrone the rule of law without fear or favor.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former vice president and one of the chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar has again addressed the issue of Nigeria’s restructure.
Atiku stated on his Facebook page: “We may not all agree on the need to restructure Nigeria, but I am glad that we are having this conversation now.
“It's important for Nigeria's economic prosperity.”
The politician was reacting to the opinion piece of Olusegun Adeniyi, titled “Why Atiku Abubakar Deserves Attention.”
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking if Biafra is achievable: