A former legislator who represented Ihitte-Uboma in the Imo State House of Assembly and currently the state chairman of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) Imo State, Hon. Greg Owuamanam, is of the view that restructuring will take care of Nigeria's lingering problems, including agitations for Biafra, the Niger Delta unrest and others.
Hon. Owuamanam, who spoke recently to newsmen in Owerri, said that if there is true federalism where nepotism, corruption and the likes will be taken care of, the problem of Nigeria will stop.
He decried a situation where states like Kano, Jigawa and other northern states will go home with revenue allocations higher than that of Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom and others that produce oil which provides the money being shared.
“These imbalances will only be solved when Nigerians sit together to thrash out problems of lopsided revenue sharing, lopsided appointments, nepotism, favoritism and the likes. If this is not done, Nigeria’s problem will persist”, he said.
He condemned the quit order given to the Igbos by the Arewa youths and urged the federal government not to treat the issue lightly.
On the issue between the National Assembly and the Minister of Works and Power Barr. Babatunde Fashola, Owuamanam who is a Knight of St. Mulumba, opined that the National Assembly has every right to review the budget upwards or downwards to suit the masses they are representing.
According to the former lawmaker, the National Assembly members who were elected by the masses will always do the needful to protect the interest of the Nigerians that elected them.
He took a swipe on President Muhammadu Buhari who was said sent his Sallah message to Nigerians in Hausa language, wondering whether Nigeria has been reduced to a kindergarten level. He doubted if the purported message in Hausa was actually from President Buhari.
He, therefore, cautioned the media handlers of president Buhari's administration to stop over heating the polity and do the right thing at the right time.
On the removal of Christian Religious Studies from WAEC syllabus, Owuamanam made it clear that Nigeria is a secular state and that if Islamic Studies is allowed in the WAEC syllabus that of Christian Religious studies should also be allowed because the country is not an Islamic country. According to him, the issue of removal of Christian religious studies from WAEC syllabus is mere rumour.
Hon. Owuamanam prayed for a Nigeria where people will love each other, where every child can aspire to the highest position in the country, a Nigeria where appointments will be spread to all the zones on merit, a Nigeria where people will live together and enjoy the resources of the land without segregation and acrimony and a Nigeria that is restructured to douse tension in the land.
(c) Christian voice newspaper