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Speakers dissect restructuring , secession calls at Elite Exclusive Magazine award night

Politician cum activist, Senator Shehu Sani and two other university lecturers Tuesday night unanimously blamed calls for restructuring and clamour for dismemberment of the country through secession on dysfunctional political system and poor leadership.

They also all agreed that Nigeria could better be managed as an indivisible entity than division into splinter nation’s.

Senator Sani who represented Kaduna South in the 8th Senate, Dr. Mutiullah Olasupo, an Associate Professor and Director of Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies, University of Abuja and Dr. Okpe Okpe of the Federal University, Keffi, all examined the topic “From Restructuring to Secession” at the Fourth Year Anniversary National Discourse and Award Dinner of the Elite Exclusive Magazine held at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

Both Senator Sani and Dr. Olasupo while restructuring is possible, secession cannot solve Nigeria problems but rather aggravate the hardship of Nigerians .

Senator Sani said agitations for restructuring and secession is rooted political and socio – economic injustices, lack of fairness and equity engendered by poor political leaders in the country.

He blamed the national problems on lack of patriotic leadership such as the late Dr.Nnamdi Azikiwe who he described as a detribalized Nigerian and a Pan – Africanist.

The senator said restructuring as being touted mean different things to different persons and group of agitators. He stressed that restructuring mean call for resource control to some, reverting back to the 1963 Republican Constitution for some and self – determination to others.

The activist added that while restructuring is desirable, the call could have been unnecessary if Nigeria has dedicated and patriotic leaders.

He, however, urged Nigerian leaders to ensure fairness, justice and equity while calling on all aggrieved ethnic agitators to shealth their swords and remain as part of a united Nigerian nation.

He said “I am not a supporter of a divided Nigeria. And I also believe that this country can survive and thrive better.

“We are bound to live together and benefit from one another . This nation is divinely arranged. Let us challenge the government to bring about a better governance that will not divide the country.

He called for consideration of people from other parts of the country for political positions .

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Dr Olasupo categorically stated that secession cannot be a sustainable solution to Nigeria’s problems while he advised agitators to reverse their agitation because secession is an unrealistic agenda.

He warned that secession can lead to high sate of insecurity and war, wastage of human, financial and material resources, hardship and displacement of people and total grounding of economic, social and political activities.

Dr. Okpe totally said agitators for restructuring and secession are not doing the country any good, while arguing that agitators are being influenced by confused elites.

To him, the way forward is true federalism that will be a departure from the present federal arrangement.

The high point of the evening event was the different award given to categories of Nigerians from different walks of life .

The Elite Exclusive Magazine award was given to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami who was represented as the ‘Most Outstanding Minister of the Year 2021’ award for his outstanding efforts in sustaining ICT exponential growth and the digitization of Nigeria’s emerging economy.

Other high profile award recipients include Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, who got the “Most Outstanding Vice-Chancellor of the Year 2021” award, Rt. Honourable Aniekan Bassey, the Honourable Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, who received the ‘Most Outstanding Speaker of the Year 2020 (South-South) award; Hon. Unyime Idem, the ”Outstanding Federal Lawmaker of the Year 2021 (South-South)’; Hon. Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejocha, ‘Outstanding Federal Lawmaker of the Year 2021 (SouthEast); Hon. Makki Yalleman ‘Outstanding Federal Lawmaker of the Year 2021 (North-West); and Moses McDaniel, the Group Managing Director – Progressives Group of Companies, the “Most Outstanding Philanthropist 2020”.

In his remark, the publisher of Elite Exclusive Magazine, Ubom Mboutidem, commended those that graced the event, readers and subscribers to the Magazine and supporters of the fledging media organisation.

He said they all have contributed to the growth of the company even when the operational environment was not favourable.

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