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Nigeria Has Become An Orphan Country – Ezekwesili

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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has said that Nigeria has become an orphan country since its infancy.

Ezekwesili made this known while speaking at the ‘Restructuring Summit’ organised by the Restructuring Actualisation Movement in Abuja on Thursday.

The former presidential candidate asserted that the only way to solve the numerous challenges facing the country is through the urgent need for the restructuring of the country.

Ezekwesili noted that Nigeria has engaged in a failed practice of democracy, federalism as well as constitutionalism. She called for a people-oriented constitution, arguing that the 1999 Constitution was not serving the people.

The minister added that every region of this country has shown in one way or the other that they have absolutely no interest in Nigeria as constructed.

She said, “Nigeria has engaged in a failed practice of democracy, federalism as well as constitutionalism.

“Nigeria has become an orphan country since infancy. Whereas some people would always quote Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who said Nigeria is a mere geographical reality, the truth is that every region of this country has shown in one way or the other that they have absolutely no interest in Nigeria as constructed.

“The latest revelation of this situation is the fact that some of our Fulani brothers are saying that there is closer affinity between them and the Fulani person from any part of the world beyond anything they can feel for the Nigerian, who is not Fulani, and that’s incredible’’

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.