A Chieftain of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has described the statement credited to the leader of the Northern Elder’s Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi that the North is ready for restructuring as brave and welcome development.
Onuesoke, also an advocate of restructuring of the nation, lauded the new place of Professor Abdullahi while talking to newsmen yesterday at his country home in Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Professor Abdullahi, a former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and Convener of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had in an interview with a national newspaper recently disclosed that the North is ready for the restructuring of the nation to make it extra viable.
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Reacting to Professor Abdullahi’s position, Onuesoke stated that the position of the North to embrace the clamour for restructuring will now allay the fears of other zones and hasten the development of the nation.
“every right-thinking Nigerian would agree to the simple fact that the current political, social and economic structure has failed the nation and might not maintain our present political cleavages, hence him coming out to say the north is ready for restructuring is such a brave statement and welcome development going ahead being the mouthpiece of the Northern Elders Forum.
“The debate about restructuring is a stark reality staring us in the face and trying to shift discussion from it is like postponing the evil days, judging from the current social-economic uncertainty which has befallen our nation today,” he stated.
The former governorship aspirant in Delta State noted that the reality on ground today should be a serious cause for concern to every patriotic Nigerian hence the continuous clamour for restructuring from every corners of the country.
“The clamour for restructuring has gone beyond only one tribe or region, it has become a national agitation because a restructured Nigeria would mean a paradigm shift where each state, zone or area would be able to look inward and explore it’s a competitive advantage with a view of developing a virile, steady and self-sustaining social-economic framework for the betterment of their people,” he said.