Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has keyed into the clamor for restructuring and has asked Northern Political groups to change their position to save Nigeria from becoming a failed state.
National publicity secretary of Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, on Sunday, July 2, argued that some northern leaders were for their selfish reasons opposed to the idea of restructuring.
He advised northern leaders still opposed to restructuring to emulate former military president, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, and ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who have expressed support for restructuring.
“We welcome their intervention, IBB, especially. We remember Babangida was opposed to restructuring in 1999 when we held a national conference with the late Mr. Alao Aka-Bashorun,we were flogged out of the place.
For him now to come to reality to say we have to restructure, and to have spoken those words, and to break it down the way he has done, shows that he has realized the mistakes of those years and that it is the right thing to do. We welcome him, he is a critical voice and he has added value to it,” Odumakin said.
“For Atiku Abubakar, he has been consistent on restructuring over the years, right from when he was in office. We have noted his intervention for over ten years. He has added value to the debate, he has removed the notion that not everybody in the North is against restructuring.
“So, the two of them have added value to the debate. They have shown clearly that those of us, who have been talking about restructuring, know what we are saying and they have confirmed our position that it is the right thing to do.”