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Restructuring Not Necessary – Minister Tells Agitators



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The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has advised those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria to instead restructure their mindsets, saying there was nothing to restructure in the country.

Nwajiuba gave the advise at a democracy lecture and institutional honours, which held with the theme, ‘Nigerian Democratic System and Good Governance: The Journey So Far’, organised by the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) in Abuja, yesterday.

He said it was really baffling that some individuals have been calling for the restructuring of the country “when we have a well structured national constitution that takes cognisance of the diversity of Nigeria.”

He said: “Restructuring Nigeria is not necessary because our constitution has made adequate provisions to address all concerns. The constitution is such that everyone is considered; it is only a mindset and therefore it is our minds that need to be restructured to understand better.

“Self determination and restructuring are only excuses because there is no law in Nigeria that prevents anyone from exercising their rights in any part of the country. Therefore, it is important that Nigerians examine themselves because fighting over tribal differences only trivialises our collective efforts.”

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who also spoke at the event, urged the youth to be patriotic and work towards the peace and development of the country.

Represented by Mr. James Falake, Tinubu said: “Patriotism, peace and national development are the things that will ensure a continuous unity of Nigeria because our journey as a nation is that of continuous struggle but never shall we fail.

“We are one Nigeria and will continue to remain Nigerians as we work to transform and improve ourselves.”

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