Former Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has said the restructuring would only make a bad situation much worse for the country because it would eventually lead to tribal wars, a situation that could spell doom for the country. He said Nigerians should focus more on how to produce patriotic and God-fearing leadership which is a much better option.
Yuguda made the statement in an interview with Sunday Sun.
Yuguda who served as a former Minister of Aviation, and ruled Bauchi State for eight years (2007-2015) on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and later, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also spoke on the issue of zoning, saying he would prefer a southeast Presidency, although the region should not see the opportunity as a right.
Responding to a question on restructuring, the former governor said, “No region will be better off in the event of restructuring because of the uniqueness of Nigeria. Let’s strive to have patriotic and God-fearing leadership that will place Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.
“From our history, no region will be politically stable to allow for economic growth. We will eventually have tribal regions making up the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Are you not proud of America appointing our Yoruba brother as Treasury Secretary under Joe Biden? America achieved this by accommodating races. Why can’t Nigeria do that?
On the politics of zoning and the clamor for an Igbo Presidency, he said, “I strongly believe in justice and equity and in the oneness of our a dear nation. Much as politics is a game of numbers, we must strive to build confidence among our regions, i.e, the North, East, and West.
“The East should be given a shot for the Presidency, but should not be seen as a right, but comfort in the minds of our brothers and sisters, that as region, they have had it too. If North-South is flying for now, why not North-West and East fly? If that will strengthen our unity and faith in our country, why can’t we have it? Igbo Presidency will strengthen our country.”