Dr Muiz Banire, the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Monday said poverty and lack of enlightenment were major problems facing Nigeria, not restructuring.
Banire made the assertion on the sidelines of an Independence Day Anniversary programme organised by the Lagos State chapters of the Buhari Youth Organisation and National Orientation Agency in Lagos.
The programme tagged: “United Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities” started on Sept. 29 with series of activities.
Banire said that poverty and ignorance were the main reasons for agitation for secession in some parts of the country.
He called for right representation of people to quell agitations, adding that Nigerians should also learn to ask questions from their representatives at various levels.
“People agitate only when they feel offended and deprived, but the solution for deprivation does not lie in restructuring. It will never end.
“If you split today, some people in the split group will still rise up later to agitate for one thing or the other.
“It does not solve our problems. What matters is that we must be happy, and to be happy, it means we must enjoy equal opportunity under this system.
“It is deprivation and hunger that are causing problems facing the country today.
“When we eliminate all inequalities, everybody will be happy with the system.
“When hunger is taken care of, most of the issues threatening our unity will go,” Banire said.
He called for respect for the rule of law and youth education to foster unity in Nigeria.
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