Chris Steven, Abuja
Ango Abdullahi, Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum’s (NEF) says the former military president; Ibrahim Babangida has no moral right to call for restructuring of Nigeria because he was one of those who tampered with the structure of Nigeria when he was in office.
In a report by the Herald, Ango Abdullahi particularly blamed the creation of several states on Babangida which according to him fractured Nigerian state through the political creation of divisions based on ethnic or regional basis.
Babangida during his Salah message to Nigerians released on Monday in Minna said that recent agitations in the country are enough for a restructuring.
But while reacting to Babangida’s statement Ango Abdullahi added that the former Military President should be humble enough to admit his mistakes and that of the military in dividing the country into several states.
“It is they, the Military, and General Babangida in particular that promoted the fracturing of the Nigerian State, through the political creation of divisions based on ethnic or regional basis. Therefore, the problem Nigeria has in terms of restructuring, had been created by the Military, and he was right at the peak of it.
“So, if he wants restructuring, he should be humble enough to go back to the only structure we have in the independence which is regions, because the Military created all this bit and pieces of States that are responsible for the problems we are having now.” He said