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Makinde eulogies zik, says restructuring is Nigeria’s best solutions

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Makinde eulogies zik, says restructuring is Nigeria's best solutions

Makinde eulogies zik, says restructuring is Nigeria's best solutions

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Thursday said Nigeriaexplanationstal restructuring to survive the issue of ethnicity and religious friction that are used to divide the nation.

Makinde enumerated this in his speech during the 12th Annual Zik Lecture in Awka, Anambra state, also noted that Nigeria is at the stage where it should be discussing “what structure will work best for us as a nation.”

He affirmed that Zik of Africa fought to ensure Nigeria remained one.

“A complete restructuring of Nigeria is needed at the moment if the country must move forward. What we should be talking about right now is what structure will work best for us,” he said.

“Zik was a dynamic man who was determined to play following the time. If Zik were alive today and still able to influence Nigeria, what would he be telling us right now? One thing for sure is that Zik will not be saying that because someone from this part of the country did not win the election, therefore, Nigeria should be divided.

“What is before us is not just uniting Nigeria, but uniting Africa. I don’t think Zik will tell us to divide Nigeria. There would not have been the issue of ethnicity if we listened to what Zik told us in the past.”

Makinde insisted that governance is too concentrated in the centre and that is the reason behind ethnic and religious friction.

“The reason for the high ethnicity is because governance is too concentrated in the centre. We should sit down and think of what would have happened if XYZ had become the president or we look at the healthy competition between us and use it to move the country forward.

“Zik of Africa as he was fondly called was born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria. He came from Eastern Nigeria. We can understand why he had a national outlook and why he believed in one indivisibility Nigeria.

“The year 2023, we have just risen from another election where ethnicity was used as a tool for campaign and religion was on the front burner. I was part of the G-5 governors then, who believed that the presidency should come to the southern part of Nigeria but some people said “Emi lo kan”.

“Well, this event, Zik’s annual lecture, is another opportunity for us to talk about nation-building. Zik spoke Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. He believed that the political union of Nigeria was indiscernible.

“Today, over 60 years after independence, Nigeria has managed to remain indisputable. We went through the civil war and several elections, yet we have remained one.

“From our history and circumstances surrounding Zik’s birth, and the role he played, we shouldn’t be talking of, should we be together, of course, we are together,” the governor added.

However, the event has in attendance the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, Anambra state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, among others.

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