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Bayelsa governor at OAU, backs calls for restructuring

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Seriake Dickson

By Dorcas Elusogbon
Bayelsa State governor, Seriake  Dickson on Thursday backed calls for restructuring  in the country.

He spoke at the Distinguished Guest Lecture of  the Faculty Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, which had as  theme: “ Restructuring and the Search for a productive Nigeria.’’

” If we were to conduct a referendum, majority of Nigerians will vote for the unity of Nigeria  because the unity of Nigeria is desirable in the best interest of all,’’ he said.

The Bayelsa governor, however,  admonished Nigerian  leaders to return to true federalism which was agreed on by the founding fathers of the country.

“For this nation to be positively restructured, the issue of constitutional amendment should be addressed.

”Political leaders are more militant than the military and more intolerant of adverse opinions or criticisms.

“Nigeria’s unity cannot be sustained merely by constitutional provisions that we know are ineffective,’’ he said.

Earlier, Dickson had  visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, where he lauded him for upholding the tradition and culture of  the Yoruba.

In his remarks, Ogunwusi sued for  unity across the country, saying  he was optimistic of a   day party leaders would  shun politics of  bitterness.

He also warned youths across the country against acts of violence.