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Oshiomhole IBB should apologise to Nigerians, not call for restructuring - Ex-Gov says

This is coming on the heels of IBB's statement calling on the Federal Government to restructure Nigeria.

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Edo State former governor, Adams Oshiomhole

(NAN)

Former Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has called on former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd.) to apologise to Nigerians.

This is coming on the heels of IBB's statement calling on the Federal Government to restructure Nigeria.

The former President also condemned the use of hate speeches by certain groups in the country.

Speaking further, the former Edo Governor said Babangida is responsible for the present state of the country.

Oshiomhole said in IBB’s time, he restructured the economy, devalued the Naira and sacked workers.

He also said  “The discussion now is about restructuring and I think those of us in the labour circle must be careful about some words. I heard Babangida talking about restructuring. Although he could have been converted, this is a man under whose tenure, the cabinet was dissolved and for almost a month, he was alone, ruling the country.

“I thought that he should have apologized to the whole country, but there is nothing like that from him. But it is now fashionable for him to talk about restructuring. It was under him that the economy was restructured. He devalued the currency and downsized workers. It is important that we prioritize these terms.

“What we need to do is organize and not agonise. Let us quit our problems and not quit ourselves. We are giving quit notice to ourselves and as Nigerians we cannot afford that.

“We are just victims of xenophobic attacks. How can we be looking for global sympathy when misguided South African youths are attacking other African countries that fought for their liberation only to come back home and be giving quit notices to ourselves.

“I think we should quit poverty, lack of electricity, import dependency, exporting crude oil and importing refined products and unemployment, but we should not quit ourselves. It is time for us to make a case for the amendment of the constitution in such a way that residency should replace citizenship, not indigeneship.

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“There are many workers who have worked outside their homes for several years more than their home states. They should have a right to remain there, contest election. I think that is the way to go. Nigerian leaders should think ahead. Africa is the way it is now because Nigerians are no longer on duty. We must regain Nigeria for posterity. What we need is development and not disintegration.”

Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has said that restructuring is not in the agenda of Buhari’s administration.

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