Restructuring Nigeria: You Can’t Treat Unequals Equally – El-Rufai


The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has declared that Nigeria is not equal both in population and resources, thus very unjust to agitate for equality.

This comes amid agitation by leaders of the South East for the creation of an additional state in the region.

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Speaking at a town hall meeting organised by his committee to get inputs from youths, in Abuja, the governor who is also the chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Committee on True Federalism said regions of the country are not uniformly endowed.

El-Rufai added that when people talk about restructuring, most proponents think of their zones while no one thinks of the country.

“The greatest injustice is trying to make equals unequal and unequal equal; things are not done like that. What do I mean by that? There are those who have said that Nigeria and United States are the same.

“It is just like saying everyone who is six feet, five can play basketball. As human beings, we are equal but you cannot come and stand here and say we should create nine states in each zone, Nigeria is not equal, likewise the population and resources, you can’t do that.

“The representatives of the agitators are few in number and so the majority must always win. The president of the country exists, the Senate exists and there are 36 states of the federation.

“We the old ones are still here, some of us are good, some are bad, like the youths but you must learn to live with us because we are still here.

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“Now, some people say because we have oil, let us have resource control. We must think of what is in the overall interest of Nigeria.

“By that, I mean what works for everyone. Because what works for one part of the county will not necessarily work for the other and so as long as we are from one country, we must seek for what is of the common good, not the one that serves one interest group.”

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