By Olakunle Adeniyi
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has berated the move to restructure Nigeria, narrating that nothing is wrong with Nigeria to call for such dismemberment radical move, but what need to be restructured is the mindset of Nigerians.
The two time head of state of the country made the statement while paying courtesy visit to His Majesty, Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
The Palace Chief, Brown Meme, speaking on behave of the throne had said the Itsekiri people were marginalised in the country.
In reaction, Obasanjo said: “Nothing is wrong with Nigeria, but Nigerians are what something is wrong with, which must be corrected. You became an accomplice by not saying what is right.”
“I note that despite your displeasure in the current situation of marginalisation of your desire and interests, you are not agitating to separate from Nigeria”, said Obasanjo.
“During my regime as president, I was visited in Aso Rock by a my people from Ogun state, saying that they are also marginalised. Nothing is wrong for you to ask for more share of the national cake, but if anyone thinks the only way to get their interest is to separate. Then tha is unacceptable.”
“Solution to most of our challenges is to change our mindset and mentality. If at all we need restructuring, it must be our mindset that need restructuring. Nobody in his right senses will be calling for separation, because that is not the way out”.
Nigeria has passed that stage. There are many means to solve our problems. This country is great because of the diversity. I don’t desire a Nigeria where everything are just the same…dance the same juju, wear same clothes. Diversity is our strength.”
Obasanjo strongly believes that restructure is not what Nigeria need at the moment but change of mindsets and attitude.