Only Four States In Nigeria Are Viable, Says Pastor Tunde Bakare [Video]
The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, and a delegate to the National Conference, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that only10% of Nigeria’s 36 states are viable. He made the assertion on SaharaTV over the weekend, while discussing his expectations of the National Conference.
“All the states created were created by military fiat,” he said. “Hardly do you find ten percent of the states in Nigeria viable.”
Pastor Bakare who represents Ogun state at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja suggested that the solution to the problem of unviable states is not nullification of states. Rather, he sees, the restructuring of the nation along geopolitical zones where each zone can decide the number of states it wants within the zone.
Pastor Bakare who was the CPC’s vice presidential candidate of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 election, said that power must be devolved from the center to the regions. The geopolitical zones , he said, must be allowed to develop at their own pace. He said the zones should contribute to the center.
“Nobody was piping groundnut from Kaduna or from Sokoto or wherever the pyramids were to the South,” Bakare said to SaharaTV’s Rudolf Okonkwo. “And we were not piping cocoa from the West to the East of Palm oil from the East to the North.”
He said that fiscal federalism would remove “this lethargic laziness and pathological laziness where our leaders are no longer thinking.”
In the same program, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Mr. Olisa Agbakoba said he does not think it is possible for the delegates to the National Conference not to discuss the no-go area of Nigeria’s indivisibility.
“To make it (the conference) a success, each geopolitical area, ethnic and federating units must say we want to be in Nigeria,” he said. “If we don’t cross that question it’s gonna fail.”
As Agbokoba said, “The main thing is are we going to use the opportunity of the three months to bang a new Nigeria.”
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