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Igbo Don’t Deserve What They Are Demanding From Buhari - Idahosa


Hon. Charles Idahosa was Special Adviser to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. The political Bulldozer, as he is fondly called, clocked 64 last Thursday. To mark the occasion, he spoke with Vanguard on some issues of national importance.

On IPOB, he said: "The truth of the matter is that Nigeria is like a theatre of the absurd. I said a few months ago that corruption will fight back. All the agitations here and there, they are being stage managed to distract the APC FG, led by Pres. Buhari, from getting to where it wants Nigeria to be. 

All those campaigning for secession in the name of IPOB, where were they since? These are political gimmicks designed to derail the APC led government ahead of the 2019 presidential election."
On the calls for restructuring, he said: "What is restructuring? Politics is a game of numbers; politics means the sharing of the dividends of democracy. The constitution has taken care of restructuring because every state has a minister in the federal cabinet. 
 
Each local government must have a commissioner at the state level; so, there is proper representation at all levels. If you people need restructuring, because I heard people complain about how appointments are shared, how do you expect the APC to give equal Boards appointments to the South-East that voted 90% for the PDP (at the last presidential election)?

Do you expect the President to compensate those who did not vote for him? Is that one done anywhere in a democracy? The South-East did not vote for the APC; so, you don’t expect them to get what others who voted for the APC are getting. 

And the calls for restructuring of the nation are from the opposition PDP that lost the 2015 presidential election. What I think we should be talking about is devolution of power. Let the states have more power and we can have a weak centre. 

Let the centre be in charge of the economy, external affairs and defence. Electricity, water, transportation should be left to the states which should then explore the minerals available in their areas of jurisdiction and pay tax to the centre."
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