The Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd.), on Wednesday reiterated the need for Nigeria to go back to regionalism.
Kanu spoke at the 18th year wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the late Kudirat Abiola, organised by the Campaign for Democracy in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kudirat Abiola was killed on June 4, 1996 during the struggle to actualise the mandate of her husband, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
Abiola, who was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, was the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election in Nigeria.
Speaking at the graveside of the late Kudirat, Kanu, a former governor of Lagos State, said regionalism was the way forward for Nigeria.
“All of us in government and out of government must go back to the road we have abandoned,” he said.
According to him, the strength of Nigeria is in the diversity of its people and ignoring this will be detrimental to the unity of the nation.
“Nigeria is one, blessed with human and material resources that must be harnessed through a structure that will be more beneficial to all the federating units,’’ he said.
Kanu said what was most important was to get a Nigeria that would work.
“It is not geography but the spirit that makes a country. We must all ensure that Nigeria is not drowned by the myriad of problems bedevilling it as a nation,” he said.
In her remarks, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, the President of CD, lamented that 18 years after Kudirat’s death, terror was still a challenge in Nigeria.
Odumakin said Nigerians must remain vigilant and rise in unison to say enough is enough.