Arewa Youth Consultative Forum and a chieftain of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mohammed Abdulrahman, on Saturday claimed that northerners were not afraid of Nigeria being restructured.
According to Abdulrahman, it is the best way to go for the country since some northern elites, who opposed the restructuring of the country, are only interested in keeping the structure of the nation the way it is because of their selfish gains.
He was quoted as saying that: “I am in total support of the call for restructuring of the country. The North we have today is not what it used to be. Our politicians are not interested in the development of the region. They only care about their pockets. If the country is properly restructured, it is hoped it will benefit the masses and not some politicians who are only interested in buying cars and building houses for their families.”
Speaking in the same vein, the AYCF President, Yerima Shettima, said the North was not afraid of restructuring.
“That (restructuring) has always been the dream of our founding fathers. It is not true that northerners are afraid of the country being restructured. We are interested in development and equitable distribution of resources. We need restructuring. It is only those who are selfish that will kick against it. The structure as it is today only favours a few people. Northern people need restructuring; we need total change.
“The restructuring should ensure that the central government is unattractive to people who are only looking for ways to make quick money. The regions should be made powerful and should be allowed to manage their resources and be accountable for such while contributing a percentage to the Federal Government,” Shettima said.
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