Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh, the general overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Ministries Inc, (By Fire By Fire) in Nnewi, Anambra state, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately restructure the country into six regions.
According to him, President Buhari’s failure do so would be an invitation to disintegration, The Sun reports.
Speaking on the current economic recession and agitation for self-determination in some parts of Nigeria, Bishop Udeh said the economy of the nation would be more manageable if the country was structured into six regions.
He added that each region will manage its economy based on resources available to it and contribute to the central government.
Bishop Udeh insisted that the on-going economic crisis, militancy in the Niger Delta and the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for self-determination will not stop until the country was restructured.
He said: “The people of Niger Delta cry of marginalisation and say they want to be on their own. The Indigenous People of Biafra say they want self-determination; you have Boko Haram fighting in the North-East and the Fulani herdsmen on rampage. These are enough indications that Nigeria is due for restructuring, or it will naturally break up. President Buhari should listen to the voice of wisdom and start the process of restructuring before it is too late. The moment the country is restructured, that will be the end of any form of agitation or militancy, and anybody who leads Nigeria as a president then will have little or no headache.”
Bishop Umeh also noted that the problem in the Niger Delta region could not be solved by deploying more soldiers to fight the militants or harass members of the communities.
According to him, such move by the government would even make the militants be more aggressive to blow up more oil pipelines, which would further cripple the economy already in recession.
Recently, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Ebonyi state, said the various challenges and agitations in the country should make President Buhari favour the call for restructuring.
However, the presidency has vehemently kicked against the call from different segments of the Nigerian society that the country should be restructured.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president, had recently said restructuring was not the solution to these challenges. He believes what matters is true governance.
But Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president, and other groups in the country do not believe this.
The Niger Delta Avengers, the Indigenous People of Biafra and such other organisations are all fighting for either restructuring or full secession from Nigeria.
CDHR said obedience to the calls for restructuring is the major solution to insecurity in the country.
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