The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has called on former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, to keep shut, because he lacks the morals to talk about restructuring.
The group blamed Babangida and the Military, for allegedly throwing the nation into its current state, which has led to the subsequent rise of agitation for restructuring.
Speaking to Leadership Newspaper in an exclusive telephone interview, the Spokesman of NEF, Ango Abudllahi, argued that Babangida and the Military in general, are responsible for factors that gave rise to current agitation for restructuring.
The attack came on the heels of Babangida’s Sallah message, in Minna, the Niger State capital, on Monday, where he called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to restructure the country immediately, in order to end the current flames of agitations across the federation.
While speaking, Anglo said: “It is they, the Military, and General Babangida in particular, that promoted the fracturing of the Nigerian State, through the political creation of divisions based on ethnic or regional basis. Therefore, the problem Nigeria has in terms of restructuring, had been created by the Military, and he was right at the peak of it.
“So, If he wants restructuring, he should be humble enough to go back to the only structure we have in the independence which is regions, because the Military created all this bit and pieces of States that are responsible for the problems we are having now.”
The NEF, insisted that any genuine effort for restructuring, should attempt to holistically correct what it referred to as the ‘mistakes of Lord Lugard’.
“I want restructuring to take care of the mistakes Lugard made in 1914, because the argument is, he made mistake through the amalgamation of the North and the South”, Abdullahi added.
He insisted that the restructuring should take cognizance of the fact that what Lord Lugard did by amalgamating the nation in 1914, was a mistake, and hence should be addressed.
Abdullahi, said once that is done, the “South will take care of the restructuring that is best suited to it, and the North will do same”, adding that, “if we cannot correct Lugard’s mistake, we should go to 1960 and the regions – there were only three of them – they should go as regions.”