Nigeria will implode without restructuring – Dickson

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has warned that without restructuring, agitations against injustices and imbalances were capable of driving the country to the point of implosion.

Dickson, therefore, described persons and groups calling for the change in the current structure of the country as the true patriots of Nigeria.

The governor insisted that without sitting down to re-examine the current structure, the country would continue to deal with eruptions of agitations from different ethnic nationalities.

Dickson spoke shortly after a special prayer and thanksgiving to mark the 57 independence anniversary of Nigeria and 21st birthday of Bayelsa at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.

He said restructuring was part of the issues that informed his brand of politics and drove him to join pressure groups and associations such as the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

He insisted that the aim of persons calling for restructuring was to promote a more stable and more prosperous country.

Maintaining that the existing structure was not sustainable, the governor, who was accompanied to the special prayer session by members of his cabinet including his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd), said restructuring was different from secession.

He said: “There is an urgent national imperative for us to review, maybe 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 a more prosperous Nigeria.

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

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

“So, it is best for us now to have a consensus. If there is any argument at all, it is how do we go about it, not whether we should attempt a restructuring or not. That to me is taken for granted”.

Dickson praised President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on restructuring saying the President had said he was not opposed to changing the structure to maintain the unity of the country.

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He said Bayelsa as a state, the Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta were in support of restructuring adding that issues affecting different parts of the country should be tabled for discussion.

He said: “I am happy that the President said he is not opposed to restructuring. Our view in this state, our view that I have canvassed all my politics, our view as a state, as Ijaw nation and in the Niger Delta is that we support the call for restructuring so that we can all sit down and agree on how we can readjust our country.

“We are Nigerians. Nobody is more Nigerian than us. Nobody is more Nigerian than a Bayelsan or a Niger Delta man. We are the people that have been sustaining this country for over 60 years.

“Nobody has the right to question our Nigerianess. All we are saying is that we need to all sit down together, work out the issues we can agree on and address them amicably instead of having to deal with agitations every year.

“It is giving this country a bad name and it is stopping Nigeria from realising our God-given potential as the greatest black nation on the face of the earth”.

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