- APC national legal adviser, Muiz Banire, said restructuring won't end Nigeria's problem
- Banire blamed agitation in Nigeria on hunger and deprivation
- He argued that once hunger is solved in Nigeria, agitation will stop
The national legal adviser of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muiz Banire, on Monday, October 3, said poverty and lack of enlightenment were major problems facing Nigeria, not restructuring.
Banire made the assertion on the sidelines of an Independence Day Anniversary programme organised by the Lagos state chapter of the Buhari Youth Organisation and National Orientation Agency in Lagos.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme tagged: “United Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities” started on September 29 with series of activities.
Banire told NAN that poverty and ignorance were the main reasons for agitation for secession in some parts of the country.
He called for right representation of people to quell agitations, adding that Nigerians should also learn to ask questions from their representatives at various levels.
“People agitate only when they feel offended and deprived, but the solution for deprivation does not lie in restructuring. It will never end.
“If you split today, some people in the split group will still rise up later to agitate for one thing or the other.
“It does not solve our problems. What matters is that we must be happy, and to be happy, it means we must enjoy equal opportunity under this system.
“It is deprivation and hunger that are causing problems facing the country today.
“When we eliminate all inequalities, everybody will be happy with the system.
“When hunger is taken care of, most of the issues threatening our unity will go,” Banire said.
He called for respect for the rule of law and youth education to foster unity in Nigeria.
“Restructuring is not our problem. Our people are not enlightened to ask questions from their representatives,” the APC chieftain said.
Banire had earlier at the panel discussion urged youth, as major stakeholders in the Nigerian project, to rise up and take charge of the nation’s leadership.
He said that there was need to build the capacity of youth to fill the vacuum in the leadership gap in the country.
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Banire said that youth had taken over the social media and should use the medium to propagate ideologies of integrity, transparency and accountability, which President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration represents.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that it was not interested in the restructuring of Nigeria, but a complete secession from Nigeria.
MASSOB’s recent statement is coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning that his government would not tolerate any agitation for the division of the country.
MASSOB’s national director for Information, Sunday Okereafor, explained that the movement would never be intimidated into dropping the struggle for Biafra.
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