Gov Dickson Echoes Need For Restructuring

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state on Sunday warned that ignoring the calls for restructuring would be detrimental to the continued unity of Nigeria.

The governor opined that the country is on the brink of implosion and this can be staved off if the government creates the avenue for dialogue on the agitation for restructuring.

Speaking in an interview in the Government House where he commemorated the 1st anniversary of the state and the 57th for the nation, Dickson said he believes there is “an urgent national imperative” to review the Nigeria.

He expressed regret at the manner in which some have twisted the clamour and made it synonymous to calls for secession.

Dickson reiterated his allegiance to the nation and not just his tribe asking that his “Nigerianness” should not be questioned.

“We are Nigerians, nobody is more Nigerian than us, nobody is more Nigerian than a Bayelsan or a Niger Delta man.

He said: “My view is that there is an urgent national imperative for us to review the country. Maybe some people have problems with the word restructuring, but we have to re-examine our nation’s foundation and see how we can make necessary adjustments that will promote a more stable and prosperous Nigeria.

“The structure of the country as it is now is not sustainable. Very often, a number of our leaders misconstrue the call for restructuring to mean secession. No, those calling for restructuring are the patriots of Nigeria because we want to lay a foundation for a Nigeria that will last for the next 50, 100 and 200 years and above to come.

“Those people forget that in the next 10, 20 years, the country will be one of the most populous nations on the face of the earth.  You can’t have that kind of high-density human population, arguing every day and every time about the injustices and imbalances, there will be an implosion.

“So, it is best for us now to have a consensus. If there is any problem at all, it is how do we go about it not whether we should attempt a restructuring or review or not. That to me is taken for granted and I am happy President Muhammadu Buhari said he was not opposed to restructuring.”

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