Restructuring remains the best option to solving the myriad of problems facing the country.
This is the position of the Southern leaders as expressed at a rally held on Saturday by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The occasion which witnessed speeches by the different leaders of the people of the South of Nigeria saw many harping that Nigeria must be restructured.
“What we mean by restructuring is fair treatment and justice; restructuring is called for a new Nigeria, which will enhance unity and justice of the people.
“Our people need unity, equity and justice as citizens; restructuring implies the structural and a physical paradigm of Nigeria to give all sections a sense of belonging,” said the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo.
Elder statesman, Edwin Clark, also spoke in the same vein.
According to him: “Nobody is more important than any other person in this country, every Nigerian is equal and all we are asking for is fair treatment for all citizens.”
Ayo Adebanjo, a leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere and President of Middle Belt Forum, Bala Takaya, supported their restructuring option too.
“We hereby, invite fellow Nigerians, desirous of equity, fairness and justice in the affairs of our dear country to join us in the task of moving the country forward.
“Our desire and commitment is that our dear country may resume her delayed journey towards the fulfillment of its manifest destiny,” Takaya said.
In his speech, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, who praised the leaders for their renewed call for the restructuring of the country said the idea would make Nigeria a better place.