Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuemeka Kalu Uche, has called for the restructuring of Nigeria.

Uche said Nigeria should be re-negotiated, with each zone having some measures of autonomy.

Addressing journalists in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Uche said the current structure of Nigeria was inimical to the growth and development of the nation.

According to Uche, “The idea of coming to Abuja is not helping us and that’s why we have massive unemployment. Each area knows her needs. So, if we re-negotiate Nigeria, we are not going to divide, each area will have a measure of autonomy, just as it was before the military takeover, that’s what we are clamouring for.

“We want a Nigeria where the component parts, whether we call them regions or zones, will be stronger than the centre. Everybody will contribute and agree to a percentage of her wealth to the centre.

“If we want the present zoning of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is in line with the zoning of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), that will be nice, so that we may have the South East zone, South West zone, South South zone, North East zone, North Central zone and North West zone. Each area produces something that will be her contribution to the centre.

“We may only retain police, immigration, army, security forces for the federal set up. We can have something like vigilante group or community policing for the various areas or regions.

“This will make for healthy competition. What we are doing now is not helping us and we are not getting better. We all love Nigeria.

“If you go to the United States, immigration for instance has a measure of control; the measures, that’s what we want for our country so that we can develop. What we are doing now is a unitary government and unitary government is a military in conduction, it is not helping us.

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