A Senator in the aborted Third Republic, Prof David Iornem, has supported the calls for the restructuring of Nigeria but cautioned that it should not be at the expense of the country’s unity.
Iornem said the ongoing debate on restructuring is healthy for the country which must be done in a way that it will not affect the corporate existence of Nigeria.
He spoke in Kaduna at the weekend when the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria conferred an award on him as their patron for his selfless and mentorship programmes for youths across the country and the north in particular.
Responding to their presentation, Prof Iornem reminded Northern Youths that “there is a debate about restructuring going on now” and declared that “as far as I am concerned, it is okay, but there are ways we can go about the debate without threatening the unity and corporate existence of the country as well as the existence of individuals.
“I want us to be talking so that we can work for restructuring in a unified and friendly manner for the overall benefit of Nigerians across the country,” he counselled.
He disagreed with the controversial ultimatum given to Igbo residing in the north to leave the region, arguing that “God put us together for a reason. As a people, we can disagree. That is okay but to threaten is not good.
“When I heard you people are coming from Northern Youth Council, I was very happy. As leaders, take this message very seriously and spread it across to your members. Yes, there is the need for restructuring in Nigeria, but we don’t have to debate it in a way that poses threat to individuals, groups and the nation as a