BEVERLY HILLS, September 29, (THEWILL) – Chairman of the now-rested transition committee of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, Malam Ahmed Joda has disclosed that his kind of restructuring is one where Nigeria’s 109 senatorial districts would be converted to federating units of the Nigerian state.
The former federal permanent secretary gave this suggestion in Yola on Friday at the All Progressives Congress, APC, zonal meeting of Adamawa and Taraba states on true federalism.
According to him, “My choice is that we break this country into 109 federating units because this number is large enough to make viable administrative units.
“It can reduce the present intolerable level of the cost of governance in this country; it will wipe out the protocols and all the other encumbrances that we now have to bear and which have now bankrupted us.”
Joda argued that regionalism and geopolitical zones are unrealistic as only few places like the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa states share common cultural beliefs or interests, while the rest of Nigeria have various tribes that do not share common interests.
While calling for a united country, he commended Nigerians for always coming out stronger after various crises such as the 1966 coup, civil war and the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The elder statesman observed that Nigeria has attracted recognition and respect in the world as the largest black nation.
“I remain a Nigerian and wish to die a Nigerian. I wish the same for all of us here and around this country. I think it will be a tragedy if this country were to disintegrate and explode,” he said.