The founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum and former Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Liaison, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has called for the collapsing of 36 States of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones of the country to save public funds and ease governance.
Yakasai, the first republic politican and a founding member of the defunct NEPU, who disclosed this in an interview on the 60th anniversary of Nigeria, argued that collapsing the current 36 states into six geopolitical zones would curtail unccessesary expenditure and reduce burden on public fund meant for development.
The elder statesman also observed that the potential of Nigeria as a great nation is being destroyed by the following: the control political parties by the President and governors, wining elections without merit and the use of money to buy judgement in the nation’s Judiciary.
He noted that despite numerous glitches encountered by Nigeria, there was need for Nigerians to celebrate its 60th birthday as God has made it possible for the country to survive these 60 years of Independence.
“It is a source of expression of gratitude to God almighty who made it possible for the creation of Nigeria through British colonial system.”
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“He created it as a biggest black African concentrated country in the world, with a very large territory with mineral resources deposit, given by God and with a very large population”, he said.
Alhaji Yakasai called on Nigerians work towards to ensure that the country works for better.
“Its up to you to work hard and realize the potential contained in your Nation.
So if we work hard we’ll solve our problems.”
“People of every nation has problem. The citizens work hard to overcome the problems. In particular,Nigeria has different endowment. North has large vast of land that can feed the Nation for many year to come, the Soutth has big ports and agile people as an advantage to complement one another”, he noted.