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Ogonis join calls for restructuring



The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has joined calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.
MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the Nigerian state can only continue to survive on the basis of equity and fairness to all ethnic groups in the country.
Pyagbara also decried the alarming rate of unemployment among the youths, adding that nine out of ten Ogoni graduates were jobless.
The MOSOP leader urged the Federal and State Governments to take proactive steps to redeem the country from its numerous challenges.
The statement reads, “MOSOP has been concerned about recent events in the country which have the ominous potential of triggering national disintegration if not speedily addressed.
“First is the issue of resurgent Biafra separatism and second, a counter Arewa intolerance expressed in the ultimatum to all Igbo to leave the North.
“MOSOP categorically and irrevocably rejects the two extremes, none of which will improve the miserable condition of the people who the antagonists are claiming to represent.
“For the Nigerian state to survive, it must be seen to demonstrate equity, justice and fairness by creating political space for the sub-national entities to develop at their own space while ensuring protection for national minorities and Indigenous communities.
“Local autonomy applied as a nation-wide principle has enormous potential of diffusing grievances connected to perceived ethnic and regional domination.”


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