Methodist Primate advocates re-negotiation of Nigeria’s unity

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The Primate of the Methodist church Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuemeka Uche, has joined the call for the re-negotiation of the country.

The Primate allayed fear in some quarters that, the proposed re-negotiation will lead to the breakup of Nigeria.

Uche, speaking to newsmen in Ibadan, explained that, the Nigeria that will emerge from the proposed negotiation, will have federating units that will be stronger than the federal government.

Under the arrangement, the Methodist Primate said the federal government will retain only powers to control the police, immigration, the army and other security agencies, as in the first republic.

The components, according to him, will contribute resources to maintain the centre.

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.

“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.”

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