- Justice Mamman Nasir has called on the north not to dismiss the calls for Nigeria’s restructuring, as mere developmental challenges
- Nasir stated that the north must also address the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency and the rise of hate speech, as a matter of urgency
- He stressed that Nigeria was currently at a crossroads, and that the north must attend to these various issues with resolution and tact
Justice Mamman Nasir, chairman, Advisory Council, Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, has urged the north not to dismiss the calls for restructuring, as doing so will be dangerous for the country.
According to reports, Nasir made his comments during a courtesy visit to the Nasarawa state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, with other members of the foundation.
NAIJ.com notes that Nasir stressed that the nation was at a crossroads and that the north must find ways to address the challenges Nigeria faces.
He stated: “Nigeria is currently at a stage we may call crossroads, particularly, the challenge is for the North to find the appropriate, well-guided response to the myriads of issues surrounding the nation.
“Most importantly, we cannot dismiss the calls for the restructuring for whatever that stands for, and the desires and threats of some groups to dismember the country as mere developmental challenges.
“The irritating reappearances of the Boko Haram, even with the dogged commitment of the Nigerian Army to end the insurgency for good, are also of concern; similarly, the pervading hate speech through the social media that has engulfed our youths in particular has dangerous religious and sectional colors and needs to be urgently attended to resolutely and with tact.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) weighed in again on the controversial issues of restructuring the country, and disclosed what it would not accept.
According to the group, while they acknowledge the persistent calls for Nigeria to be restructured, they would not be stampeded into adopting a grand design from other regions, which would not be in their best interest.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking if Nigeria should be restructured or split: