By Richard Abu
Elder statesman and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has promised to work with Nigerians of like minds to ensure that the country returns to true federalism.
He spoke on Monday in Abuja when Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State took the campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria to him.
Abdullahi, who is the spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) commended Dickson for leading the campaign on the restructuring of Nigeria and promised “to work with like-minds like Dickson to return Nigeria to “true federalism.”
He admitted that Nigeria is in difficult times but expressed the optimism that if all hands were on deck, the country work again and return to the path of peace and progress.
The NEF leader said that he had identified the governor as one of the few courageous political leaders with the “requisite network, experience, wisdom and sagacity” to engender positive change in Nigeria.
Dickson said that he visited Abdullahi to consult with him on the need to restructure Nigeria.
In a press statement issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, he noted that the visit to the former vice chancellor was in continuation of Dickson’s nation-wide consultation on the restructuring of Nigeria.
Dickson said that only restructuring, fiscal federalism, state police, devolution of powers from the centre to the federating units will guarantee fairness, peace and stability of Nigeria.
While thanking the elder statesman for his long years of service to the country, Governor Dickson called on Abdullahi to lend his moral voice to the clamour for restructuring.