Co-founder of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University Agbarha-Otor, Delta State, Dr Cecilia Ibru, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to proceed with the restructuring of Nigeria having honoured the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, among others.
According to Ibru, the issue of restructuring should be given the same attention as the national honours.
She said this yesterday at the unveiling, presentation and launch of a book in honour of foremost Urhobo nationalist and professor of literary studies, G.G. Darah, at the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun,
Ibru said: “The restructuring of the country is very paramount. It is as important, if not more, as bestowing the highest national honour in the land on the presumed winner of the freest and fairest election ever held in the country.
“The present day constitution is still bestriding on the constitution handed to us by the military. In order to address the lingering issues challenging and affecting the country today, there has to be restructuring.
“The country is overdue for restructuring. We cannot be in the midst of plenty yet lack the basic things of life. It is unfair and ungodly, particularly in the South-South, which deserves recognition and which should have a fair share of the national cake.
“Niger Deltans are not saying that we should have it all. At least, let our roads be tarred, let water flow here. Let our polluted rivers be remedied for us to fish again. Our rivers have been polluted through oil exploitation and exploration by oil producing companies in our region. It amounts to a national disaster for us to be abandoned.”