Abolish 36 States, Adopt 6 Geo-political Zones as Federating Units - Atiku Abubakar

Date: 23-05-2017 1:25 pm (5 years ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
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Speaking while accepting the Hero of Nigeria Democracy Award conferred on him by Hall of Grace Magazine in Lagos on Sunday, former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, suggested the use of the nation’s six geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36-state structure, many of which he declared unviable.
“We must be open to changing the nature of the federating units, such as using the existing geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36 states, of which only a few are financially viable,” he said.
"Building a nation that works: My Diary and Way Forward", the former vice president, however, added that political decentralization must be accompanied by economic diversification.
 He said: “We need to diversify our economy away from the dependence on oil. We need to create opportunities for our people to engage in diverse economic activities which governments will then tax for revenues. “But we can’t do that efficiently and effectively without accurate data. I have in the past called for an end to the self-defeating politics we play with census in the country. “With all the data gathering and analytic tools in existence in the 21st century, we have no good reason not to have accurate data on our people, down to the smallest unit, the individual. “Without data, we cannot plan properly and all of us will lose, including those who try to inflate their population figures and those who want to suppress those of others.
“Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source.”

 Abubakar also asked the nation to stop digging its grave, if it must get out of the woods, saying: “There is a saying that if you want to get out of a hole you dug yourself in you first stop digging.”


Posted: at 23-05-2017 01:25 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
- kabukabu at 23-05-2017 01:45 PM (5 years ago)
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Mr. Ati ku. Are you just waking up from your slumber?
Posted: at 23-05-2017 01:45 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 23-05-2017 02:25 PM (5 years ago)
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Seems his jus up from the slumber after how many years?
Posted: at 23-05-2017 02:25 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- morgan1 at 23-05-2017 02:45 PM (5 years ago)
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ok,,,,u just know dat???
Posted: at 23-05-2017 02:45 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- wahleysage at 23-05-2017 03:11 PM (5 years ago)
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they suddenly all become saints and professional saviors who know the right thing to do once they leave office!
Posted: at 23-05-2017 03:11 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- wahleysage at 23-05-2017 03:11 PM (5 years ago)
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they suddenly all become saints and professional saviors who know the right thing to do once they leave office!
Posted: at 23-05-2017 03:11 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- angesco at 23-05-2017 05:10 PM (5 years ago)
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Better still - ABOLISH NIGERIA!!!!
Posted: at 23-05-2017 05:10 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- schmit at 23-05-2017 06:01 PM (5 years ago)
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Aibegggg
Posted: at 23-05-2017 06:01 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- crocatum at 23-05-2017 07:03 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: wahleysage on 23-05-2017 03:11 PM
they suddenly all become saints and professional saviors who know the right thing to do once they leave office!

Abi, now they know how to solve problems, bla, bla.
Posted: at 23-05-2017 07:03 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chealseafc at 23-05-2017 07:54 PM (5 years ago)
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2019 candidate loading.
Posted: at 23-05-2017 07:54 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- AmazingMarie at 23-05-2017 07:56 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: wahleysage on 23-05-2017 03:11 PM
they suddenly all become saints and professional saviors who know the right thing to do once they leave office!
you have said the right thing. I guess his excuse will be he wasn't allowed to take decisions then now he is vying for president of the country then he will be able to make decisions and rescue Nigerians from hardship
Posted: at 23-05-2017 07:56 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- chizzyG at 24-05-2017 02:31 AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: wahleysage on 23-05-2017 03:11 PM
they suddenly all become saints and professional saviors who know the right thing to do once they leave office!
No be small thing o,another strategy to seek for another presidential office.put him there now,he will forget all this bla bla bla as usual. Wicked people doing what they like with the poor Nigerian masses
Posted: at 24-05-2017 02:31 AM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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