- Governor Seriake Dickson has stated that there is an urgent need to restructure Nigeria, as the current structure is not sustainable and would lead to an implosion of the nation
- The governor stressed that restructuring does not mean secession, and praised those championing the restructuring debate, as true Nigerian patriots
- Dickson noted that in 20 years from now, the country would be highly populated; and so, a credible structure needs to be put in place to address the needs of all groups and tribes of citizens
The call to restructure Nigeria has been backed by the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, who has also cautioned that the nation will implode otherwise, Punch reports.
Dickson made his comments at the King of Glory Chapel at the Bayelsa Government House, after a service to mark the nation’s 57th independence anniversary celebration, on Sunday, October 1.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor described those calling for Nigeria to be restructured, as true patriots.
He stated: “My view is that there is an urgent national imperative for us to review the country.
“Maybe some people have problems with the word restructuring, but we have to re-examine our nation’s foundation and see how we can make necessary adjustments that will promote a more stable and prosperous Nigeria.
“The structure of the country as it is now is not sustainable. Very often, a number of our leaders misconstrue the call for restructuring to mean secession.
“No, those calling for restructuring are the patriots of Nigeria because we want to lay a foundation for a Nigeria that will last for the next 50, 100 and 200 years and above to come.
“Those people forget that in the next 10, 20 years, the country will be one of the most populous nations on the face of the earth.
“You can’t have that kind of high density human population, arguing every day and every time about the injustices and imbalances; there will be an implosion.’
“So, it is best for us now to have a consensus. If there is any problem at all, it is how do we go about it not whether we should attempt a restructuring or review or not.
“That to me is taken for granted and I am happy President Muhammadu Buhari said he was not opposed to restructuring.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Sunday, October 1, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on the call for restructuring of Nigeria is an indication that he is confused over the issue.
Afenifere, in response to the President Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast, said he was confusing the call for restructuring with that for the breakup of Nigeria.
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