A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has called for caution over the quit notice issued to some Igbo residents in the North.
heat in the polity, adding that the counter-notices issued to other
Nigerians in certain parts of the country, were among the ripple
eye will leave Nigeria blind,’ called for restructuring of Nigeria and
replacement of state of origin with state of residence to promote unity.
fallacy to believe that there are people of northern or southern origin.
Nigeria only has people of one origin. We are all of Nigerian origin.
“quit noticers” that when brothers fight to the death over a domestic
dispute, it is their neighbours that eventually end up inheriting their
others, that I have urged and still urge that Nigeria should be
restructured and that state of origin ought to be removed from our
constitution and other relevant laws and policies, to be replaced by
state of residency.
residency, rather than the state where our ancestors originated from,
this whole idea of quit notice would not have arisen in the first place.
many ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, we are all largely of one race. In
the United Arab Emirates, foreigners exceed the native Emiratis in
number, yet the UAE is one of the most peaceful nations on earth. If
people of different races can live in peace in South Africa and the
United States, why can’t we do the same here?”
All Progressives Congress commended the National Broadcasting Commission
for taking steps to sanction radio stations playing Igbo hate songs.
Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, says it is time to restructure
Nigeria to curb hate speeches currently being experienced in the
an indication that all is not well with us politically and we need to do
something fast about it before it degenerates into crisis.
that there are increasing hate speeches in the country from different
groups, even from the political players.
government must learn the civil way of addressing such anomaly because
of freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution.
contravenes the law, such an individual is liable to face the full
weight of the law but that does not mean the government should go
overboard,” he said.
within the federation were a reflection that injustice was prevailing in
the country, adding that only restructuring would help douse the
the various interest groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra and
Arewa Youths and other groups.
deadline; I believe that in any society, when injustice prevails, such a
society will be experiencing the same situation we are experiencing.
This country needs restructuring.
not well structured from the time we had our independence which
warrants all these hate speeches flying around.
not done or delayed, it may bring anarchy; I appeal to the Federal
Government to, as a matter of urgency, restructure Nigeria now,’’ he
restructuring because people will express their rights for liberty and
we cannot avoid this. They will continue to agitate.
military we will see that we cannot stop agitation from people. We
fought the military through agitation and we won.
prevail, so to reduce all these ugly incidents and to sanitise our
society, the government has its responsibility.
people because democracy is the government of the people, for the people
and by the people. We cannot call the peoples bluff,’’ he said.