OPC advocates regionalism – The Nation Nigeria

OPC advocates regionalism – The Nation Nigeria

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The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has condemned the rejection of regionalism, by some northern elders, as agreed at the 2014 National Conference organised by the last administration.

Rising from an emergency meeting in Lagos, OPC described the pronouncement of the northern elders as an affront on the collective psyche of Nigerians and a deliberate breach to a collective agreement.

The group said regionalism was the minimum option for a united Nigeria, failure of which the country would be heading towards the path of disintegration

The Northern elders, many of who members of the 2014 National Conference, rose from their meeting, decrying regionalism.

The northern elders’ declaration came days after the British and the French envoys to Nigeria canvassed a one indivisible Nigeria, even at a time when self-determinism is gaining ground across the world.

The National Coordinator of OPC Otunba Gani Adams, condemned the pronouncement of the Arewa elders, saying it was a call for anarchy.

According to Adams, the declaration of the northern elders is a mere figment of imagination that cannot represent the position of the majority of northerners.

He said: “We view the recent back out of some northern elders on the resolution for regionalisation of the country as panacea for a stronger Nigeria as a gross display of irresponsibility, reckless approach to sensitive matter bothering on national security cum unity and an affront on the collective psyche of Nigerians.

“The agreement to the regionalisation of the country after failed attempts to unite the country in the past was a collective one at a rare seating where every ethnic nationalities that make up the country had the rare chance to sit together to discuss the future of the country. To now make a detour at this time that the country is almost approaching a brick wall on the path of national cohesion is simply unpatriotic.

Adams added: “We are not unaware of the desperate moves going on underground by a cabal that have all the while constituted the tail wagging the dog of unity in Nigeria, that are so comfortable with the lingering lopsided presidential system that is deliberately skewed to favour indolence  and evil manipulations that allows a few to benefit at the expense of others.”

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