Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, has said that good governance was key to achieving harmonious co-existence among the various ethnic nationalities in the country.
He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja while reacting to calls in some quarters for the restructuring of the country.
Abdullahi said as much as restructuring was important, there was nothing wrong with the present structure.
According to him, the problem with the present structure is largely that of “bad governance which was across board.
“Are we sure this restructuring we are talking about is not because some few people are trying to corner political power to themselves. Is it in the overall interest of every Nigerian?”
He stressed that calls for restructuring had been on before now and emanated largely due to marginalisation, injustice, bad governance and corruption.
“No matter how we restructure ourselves, no matter the kind of structure you bring on board, it is neither angels nor saints that will come and implement those structures, it is human beings.
“What is happening now is because the right things at the right time are not done.
“Whether we like it or not, when we go back to the regions, some people will dominate others. There must always be somebody who is at the top,” he said.
He said that Nigerians must begin to tolerate one another, understand and respect their differences, otherwise agitations would continue.
Abdullahi expressed the hope that ongoing consultations would bring about a new era where good governance, equity and justice would prevail in the country.