Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) has reacted to statement credited to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that the recommendation of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), at its recent conference in Enugu, was intended to break up the country.
In a recent publication in a national daily, the ACF had alleged that the six-zone resolution of the SNPA, during the meeting of southern leaders in Enugu, was a ploy to break up the country. However, YUF, in a counter-statement had said that the resolution that Nigeria should go back to a six-zone structure, rather than continue with the current 36-state structure, was in pursuance of the resolve of the people of southern Nigeria to build solidarity and common understanding in strengthening the bond of national unity and cohesion.
The YUF statement, signed by its publicity secretary, Dr Kunle Olajide, said: “The resolution seeks to coalesce the humongous 36-state structure into six regions as federating units, to reduce the overbearing cost of governance, minimise corruption at all levels and make governance more efficient and responsive to the people’s yearnings.
“The organisation (SNPA) was founded to build consensus and unity among the leaders of southern Nigeria as a prelude to reaching across rivers Niger and Benue to the leaders of northern Nigeria, in a sincere effort to reconstruct Nigeria for stability, peace, progress and make it a nation where justice and equity will reign supreme.
“The sincere effort of the leaders of the SNPA to build consensus among Nigerian leaders on the structure of our federalism and the mode of governance through a national conference should be commended and not derided.
“The leaders of the SNPA and most patriotic Nigerians are of the firm belief that Nigeria, as currently structured with its overbearing bureaucracy and humongous political system, cannot overcome the current challenges of corruption, unemployment, insecurity and government ineptitude.
“The leaders of northern Nigeria and southern Nigeria must, therefore, work together to redesign a new Nigeria that will be able to take its rightful place in the comity of nations.”