Contrary to popular argument on national discuss that Nigeria need restructuring, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, says the only thing imperative is “repackaging”.
Okorocha noted that restructuring has different meaning to various geo-political zones in Nigeria and that it is not an option for all the groups under the umbrella of the country to come to terms in what restructuring stands for.
FELLOW PRESS earlier reported the reaction of the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to the restructuring of Nigeria. Just like Okorocha, he also tasked Nigerians to change their mindset and attitudes, rather than focusing on restructuring.
The governor made this statement in Owerri, at the 67th Annuel Conference of the Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria.
He said: “Proprietors and Managers of the Radio and Television Stations in the country operating under the aegis of Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) who are meeting in Owerri for their 67th Annual Conference need to help repackage Nigeria for consumption by the rest of the world because that is what is needed now and not restructuring.
“He also asked them to come up with programmes that could allow the less privileged in the society who cannot afford the high cost of electronic media to also be heard.
“Our nation requires repackaging. It is unfortunate that a great nation like ours has not been properly packaged for consumption by the international communities.
“Yet, there are more evils in other nations than we have in Nigeria but the reports going out about our country is such that no one will want to come into Nigerian unless for those who want to take risk. No nation can grow with this arrangement.
“I want to charge you today, as you meet, think Nigeria and see how you can repackage it. We are not the worst of them all.
“Every geo-political zone has its own interpretation of restructuring. To the South-East, restructuring means creation of an additional State.
“For the South-South, restructuring means resource Control. For the South-West, it means devolution of power and the North may see it differently, but whatever is the Case, we are better of, as a United Nigeria.
“The ball is in your court to see how you can project Nigeria and repackage it for public and international consumption.
Okorocha also clarified that there nothing wrong with the nation Nigeria and Nigerians as people. “Nigeria is a great nation and will ever remain a great nation”, he said.