Northern politicians fear restructuring because outside Nigeria they are formless – Professor Pat Utomi
Pat Utomi, a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, spoke about why leaders in the North fear restructuring.
Utomi, who spoke in a virtual media debate ahead of the 51st anniversary of the civil war’s Never Again conference, noted that the north relies heavily on the federal government for revenue, which “they made it really unproductive.”
He added that northern politicians are wary of restructuring because they are formless outside Nigeria.
“There is a real crisis in the north, which the south does not understand. They are artists of people who strongly hate each other; this is the truth of the question. That is why they are afraid of restructuring, because they do not know where it will lead them, and outside Nigeria they are formless; no north. “
The Nigerian professor, who stressed that restructuring will help the north become productive and free from poverty, also announced that the second edition of the Never Again conference, in which Matthew Kukakh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, will be the main interlocutor. and former President Olusegun Obasanjo will be chaired by Afenifere leader Ayo Adebanjo and former Finance Minister Kalu Idika Kalu as special guest of honor.
“It should be recalled that Nigeria waged a fierce 30-month internal civil war that left a nation sharply divided by mutual suspicion, hatred and resentment along racial and regional lines. An estimated one million victims were killed just before and during the war.
“The conference will analyze the problems that led to the civil war and the need for patriots to work together to achieve national unity, especially in the light of various centrifugal trends in politics.”