Restructuring, solution to separatist agitation, say northern groups
Restructuring is the answer to the separatist agitations in parts of Nigeria, says the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG),. called on the northern and southern parts of the country to support restructuring.
Speaking with journalists on the state of the nation, at the weekend, the Convener, Yerima Shettima, said that neglect of restructuring and implementation of true federalism retarded the nation’s progress.
According to him, if the Federal Government had started the restructuring and the process of true federalism, the agitation for separation would not have come up.
“The power concentration at the centre is enormous. There should be deliberate effort to weaken the power at the centre and make the component parts more productive and resourceful. This is the only way the country can move forward.
“A situation where the centre determines the fate of the component parts, states or region does not augur well for the development of Nigeria. We should make deliberate effort to go back to the regional model where they are given power to develop their resources and contribute to the centre. This is the only way the country can make progress.”
The CNG leader, who is also the National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), argued that the reason for the agitation for Biafra and Oduduwa republics was due to the non-implementation of restructuring and true federalism.
He added that the exclusion made the issue of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho to overheat the polity.
Meanwhile, four years after the CNG gave the Igbo notice to quit northern region, Shettima hinted that the Northerners were almost becoming prisoners in their own area.
He said: “We were afraid of our lives. We thought assassins would kill us. We were almost becoming prisoners, as we can no longer move freely. Even at home, we don’t have sound sleep. In fact, it was a very difficult period until the whole saga died down and a truce was reached.”
Yerima disclosed that Arewa youths would not support any candidate who is above 60 years for the nation’s Presidency in 2023.