Government & Politics

Groups Protest at Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring


As eminent Nigerians join the call for the restructuring of Nigeria, four civil society groups stormed three embassies in Lagos on Thursday to demand the support of the foreign nations for the reorganisation of Nigeria’s federating units.

Also on Thursday, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), and the Senator, representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce, joined the call for the restructuring of the country.

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar had, on Tuesday, advocated the restructuring of the country to ensure the development and growth of the federating units.

Atiku, had said on Tuesday that the country should be restructured in order to address the feelings of marginalisation by component units that made up the country.

“Agitations by many right-thinking Nigerians call for a restructuring and a renewal of our federation to make it less centralised, less suffocating and less dictatorial in the affairs of

our country’s constituent units and localities,” the vice-president had said.

Among the foreign missions, where the protesters, led by the Nigerian National Summit Group, were granted audience were those of the United States, Italy and Germany.

There were no officials to receive the protesters at the Indian High Commission.

At the US Consulate on Walter Carrington Avenue, Victoria Island in Lagos, the protesters were received by two US Embassy officials, Jessica Newl and Tim Doren, who were given petition letters addressed to the US President, Barrack Obama.

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Addressing journalists during the protest, Executive Secretary of the NNSG, Mr. Tony Uranta, said for President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to prevent anarchy, it should urgently implement many of the resolutions that were passed during the 2014 National Conference.

“A lot of work went into producing that report drafted by seasoned Nigerians from different parts of the country. We cannot sit and watch this nation crumble when we have a workable solution that could set the nation on the part of greater development,” Uranta said.

Speaking at the US Embassy, the NNSG’s Head of Research and Strategy, Mr. Efiye Bribena, said the peaceful protest was embarked upon to call the attention of the international community to the abnormalities of the country’s federal system.

He said, “Restructuring is the only solution we can use to right the wrongs. There is a lot of dissatisfaction among the different ethnic groups and regions and we are saying that the National Conference report of 2014 should be implemented.”

Read more: Punch

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