A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdullahi Umar Faruk, has called on advocates of restructuring of Nigeria to rather focus on nationalism.
The lawmaker, who is a chieftain of All Progressives Congress ( APC) and a rep­resentative of Birnin Kebbi/Kalgo/Bunza Federal Con­stituency of Kebbi State, said that it would be an unrealisable dream for anyone to expect the ruling APC to allow the coun­try to be restructured under its watch.
Lovers of the country, he said, should call on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of nation­alism.
He said: “Honestly, first, I am one of those Nigerians clamouring for nationalism in the country. I want Nigeria to move a step forward from a state to a nation. So all these primordial sentiments I don’t share them.
I wish that one day every Nigerian from any part of the country would be proud to be one of the citizens of this country.
“I would like to see one day a Hausa man going to the East to have a residence there as a Nigerian and have the right to represent Nigeria in any politi­cal capacity from that part of the country without saying he is a Hausa or an Igbo.
“We should jettison the is­sue of we, we and they, they and them, we can never move forward in the 21st Century. We should be thinking of na­tionalism in the sense of creat­ing a nation and not creating nations out of the nation call Nigeria,” he said.
Hon. Faruk also stated that as long as Nigerians are not prepared to live in the big na­tion call Nigeria, “we can nev­er take our rightful position within the continent of Africa in the global space. So, we have been clamouring for this since 1963, restructuring, restruc­turing, restructuring which ac­tually ought not to be focused.”
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