Zone B chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has called on the Federal Government to urgently commence the process of restructuring Nigeria and argued that it is the panacea to the increasing agitation by different ethnic militia groups.
The student body said it will in days ahead begin mobilisation of Nigerian students and other Nigerians towards the actualization of a restructured Nigeria in case the Federal Government remains adamant to the growing demands of numerous Nigerians.
This was contained in a statement by NANS Zone B coordinator, Pedro Obi, insisting that “there is no longer a better time to restructure Nigeria than now.”
He said, “There is already a consensus built around a restructured Nigeria as the only gateway to a prosperous Nigeria. A restructured Nigeria will no doubt encourage healthy competition, inclusive growth and development, as it was in 1960’s.
“As the West was then synonymous with cocoa, East with palm oil and North with groundnut pyramids etc. This is in sharp contrast with today Nigeria, where the federating units have turned idle, beggars in the current ‘Feeding Bottle Federalism’ practiced in the country that is alien to federalism practice across the globe.
“A restructured Nigeria will automatically put to rest, the various agitations by all ethnic militia groups. NANS therefore demands for a restructured Nigeria with immediate effect to usher in True Federalism, where each Federating unit, either State or regions as the case maybe will develop at their own pace in unity.
“NANS calls on Federal Government to put machinery in motion to implement a restructured Nigeria, as days ahead, NANS will begin massive mobilization of Nigerian students and the general public to achieve this demand.”
The group also condemned the support of Northern Elders Forum spokesperson, Ango Abdulahi, on the quit notice order the northern youths gave to Ndigbo living in their region, describing the development as an aberration which carries a great danger to the unity of country.
“As elders, we do had expected them as fathers to seek for ways of resolving raging issues instead of adding more fuel to the already escalated fire,” NANS said.
Meanwhile, northerners living in the South-East under the aegis of Coalition of All Northern Peoples in the South East (CONPISE), is said to have dissociated themselves from the order by youths of their region for Igbo to quit the North. T
CONPISE asked Igbo living in the North to disregard the incendiary statement and go about their normal businesses.
The group spokesman, Alh Bature Mohammadu further called for the arrest of the deviant youths.
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