Northern delegates to the ongoing National Conference have opposed the creation of additional state in the South-East zone of the country.
Recall that the Conference, on Thursday, adopted the recommendation of its Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government for the creation of 18 additional states across the country as a way of meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
During debate on the recommendation for the creation of an additional state for the south-east zone to put it at par with other zones of the country, delegates unanimously voted in support.
However, in what looks like an afterthought, delegates from the North have rejected it, saying, “There was no sense in creating a state without population and land mass among factors being put for recognition”.
According to the spokesman of the group, Mr Anthony Sani, “the Northern Delegates Forum is not opposed to the creation of additional states provided they meet the requirements set up by the creating authority”.
“What is disagreeable to Northern Forum is the demand by south-east that a state be given without meeting set criteria, but on equality without equity.
“We believe states as federating units, apart from allaying the fear of minority and giving them a say in the management of the Nigerian project, are not strong enough to undermine the centre. Hence, states as federating units, if properly managed, can further the cause of a strong and united Nigeria.
“And since they are created for human beings and land mass has something to do with their development, we see no wisdom in excluding population and land mass among the factors to be considered in the creation exercise.
“In a diverse society like Nigeria, there must be standard ways of governing the country and not to pander to agitations which would always be there anyway”, he said.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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