It is too late to restructure Nigeria, let's split - Annkio Briggs

It is too late to restructure Nigeria, let's split - Annkio Briggs

- Human rights activist Annkio Briggs disagrees with those agitating for Nigeria to be restructured

- Briggs said the Nigerian constitution is against Nigerian Christians

- She also alleged that the National House of Assembly and House of Representatives have more Hausa leaders than from other tribes

Environmental and human rights activist Ankkio Briggs said the Nigerian constitution is a lie and that restructuring Nigeria would be a waste of time.

Briggs said northern leaders agitating for Nigerians are doing so because they want to stop agitators, but it is a little bit too late to restructure the nation.

She said the northerners have taken over Nigeria and alleged that the National Assembly has been taken over by northerners.

Briggs in an interview she granted on Wednesday, June 28 said: “Going by the figures, the North is getting over 60 per cent of the total local government allocations and even when we come to the states as well they also receive far more than the Southern states.

“Again, if you go to the National Assembly, they are far more in numbers, especially in the House of Representatives, and so by the time there is a motion or bill, which they are not in support of, ends up being frustrated or not being passed at all.

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“A good example is the PIB that had to spent over 10 years in the National Assembly. How can this continue?

“For me, calling for restructuring now is too late we want to go our separate ways because you see what they are calling restructuring is not what restructuring is. Restructuring to them is that the status quo should remain and perhaps a little increase in revenue to agitating regions.

“But the real restructuring is when everybody keeps what you have, even if it is only water that you have, and if you can sell it, sell it. Anything apart from that is not restructuring. What is federalism? This is where you have the states, which are the federating units.

“So a federation means that every component is autonomous to itself within that nation. So how can the Federal Government be interested in building hospitals in Abia State or building a university in Rivers State?

“Nigeria is a good example of how impossible to run a government. How can one man alone, who is of a different culture, language, religion run or oversee the rest of the people of over 400 ethnic groups as if he is overseeing his own personal property or estate?

“He cannot do it right because he doesn’t know my culture and so how can he make decisions that will be 100 per cent appealing to me because the things I would put into consideration if I am to make the same decisions will be totally different.

“What we are saying is that someone who doesn’t understand a people cannot make any good decision for them. If this simple conditions are not met, governance will fail and that is what has happened in the real sense, it has failed in Nigeria.

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“The then military leadership under General Abdusalami Abubakar had a rare opportunity of gathering Nigerians together to come up with a document meant to be the constitution.

“But it was bungled because what happened was that one man just sat down and made sure that the document was written to favour a particular section of the country and he called it the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian constitution is the only constitution in the world that tells a lie against itself and its people, when its first sentence says: ‘We the people.’ That statement is a lie. There was never a gathering of any people or group of persons to discuss any constitution.

“Do you also know that the constitution was designed to work against people who are not Muslims as the word Islam, Muslim, Sharia or Mosque was mentioned over 200 times, while the word Christian or Church was never mentioned in the constitution? And you say that same constitution is meant for all of us?”

Meanwhile, reported the governor of Ebonyi state David Umahi, on Wednesday, June 28, declared that the state is opposed to the idea of restructuring the country and the agitation for Biafra.

According to reports, Umahi stated that both would not benefit the people of his state as Ebonyi was not yet economically viable to seek independence.

The governor made his comments while responding to the presentation of a consultant on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Dr. Mike Abani, during the state executive council meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki.

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