Arewa Youth identifies restructuring as panacea to Nigeria’s challenges

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Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has identified restructuring, by reverting back to concentrating power at the states and reducing power at the center, as panacea to the myriad of challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

Nigeria has had to grapple with insurgency, insecurity, corruption, underdevelopment and a host of other challenges that has contrived to hold the country back from achieving its huge potentials, but National President of AYCF, Comrade Yerima Shettima,p said restructuring will bring back the series of development as witnessed during the days of the regions.

Addressing a select group of journalists in Kaduna at the weekend, the youth leader said those clamouring for secession should be allowed to go, if a referendum organised by government, showed that majority of their people support such move.

He equally stated that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the youth would not support any candidate that is above 60 years as it is time for the youth to take over.

“I believe in restructuring, I want power to revert back to the regions or states, so that there would be less concentration of power at the federal level. Corruption has destroyed things in Nigeria. Awolowo, Zik and Sardauna would not have achieved what they did then if the settings were the way they are now. They achieved that much because power were concentrated at the regions.”

Yerima said he and some other human rights activists in 2007 had come together to seek amendment of the constitution. They drafted a constitution which they wanted the courts to compel the National Assembly and the Federal Government then to compare with the 1999 constitution to see how the loopholes in the constitution can be addressed but the courts never responded.

“The 1999 constitution does not create room for an exit, or a referendum that would allow a group exit the country. We are of the view that a room for referendum should be created. Those agitating for secession should be allowed to have a referendum, let’s see how popular the agitations are. If any part of the country wants to go, organise a referendum let’s see how popular they are, so that separation can take place without bloodshed,” he said.

He explained that he believes strongly in the oneness of Nigeria with mutually beneficial relationship for all the federating units, but won’t stand against anyone willing to leave.
“I am one of those who strongly believe in oneness of Nigeria. I have never said that Nigeria should disintegrate. Most of my close associates are Yorubas and Igbos. I schooled in Lagos State University,” he said.

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