Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has described the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the restructuring of the country as a threat to the stability and development of the nation.
Dickson said this in Ile Ife on Thursday in a lecture titled ‘Restructuring and Search for Productive Nigeria’, which he delivered at a programme organised by the Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University.
The governor described those advocating for the restructuring of the country as the real patriots, saying they were not nursing a parochial agenda contrary to what the President said.
He said the majority of the people from the North, South, East, West and Middle Belt that were clamouring for restructuring could not be doing so for selfish reasons but stated that their agitation was borne out of their genuine love for the nation’s development.
The governor said restructuring was the way to go for rancour, suspicion and distrust to stop in the country, adding that restructuring the country would bring healthy rivalry and development.
Dickson said he had interacted with Nigerians all over the country and could report that Nigerians were overwhelmingly in support of restructuring because of its benefits.
Dickson said, “When everybody in this country is talking about the need to restructure this country, our President, Muhammadu Buhari, made a statement that is not only wrong, but also faulty and could not stand the test of time and a threat to the continued stability, prosperity and development of our country, when he dismissed outright, the notion of restructuring.
“He didn’t stop there, he went ahead to say that those who were in support of restructuring were doing so for parochial agenda. Mr President, you are wrong. In fact, the reverse is the case. The majority of Nigerians from the North, South, East, West and Middle Belt, who is making a case for restructuring are indeed the patriots of Nigeria.
“We want a Nigeria that works with equal citizenship. A Nigeria for the many as well as for the few; a Nigeria that we will be proud to call home any day, that we can proudly pledge allegiance to. I don’t believe that a presidential system is what this country needs; it is too expensive and wasteful. It easily lends itself to abuses and there are not enough checks. We cannot have a productive Nigeria the way it is structured. A Nigeria where the exclusive list is longer than the concurrent one. A Nigeria where the Federal Government is a jack of all trade but a master of none.”
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