An elder statesman and leader of Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, on Tuesday in Kano reaffirmed his earlier position against the restructuring of the country, contending that Nigeria will remain indivisible.
While responding to questions on state of the nation in Kano on Tuesday, Yakasai maintained that despite the lingering agitation from some quarters for restructuring of the country, nobody, till date has come out with a blueprint to back up the restructuring.
According to him, as long as no one comes out with a blueprint on restructuring of the country, he will continue to pitch his tent, with proponents for the unity, and stability of the country.
However, he argued that if those agitating for the restructuring of the country came out with a convincing blueprint, he might choose to or not to support the agitation.
He contended that the country would be a lot stronger, and a force to be reckoned with in sub-Saharan Africa if it remains an indivisible entity.
“I do not speak for anybody but often freely express my views, like every other Nigerian, focusing on the unity and stability of the country and do not represent any group, which is the mindset of some misinformed Nigerians.
”Many of those who are agitating for restructuring of the country were not born during the amalgamation of Nigeria by the colonial master in 1914. If they were, they would have a contrary view.”
As leader of the Northern Elders Council, Yakasai stressed that the mission of the Council, among others, is to checkmate the reckless statements of other groups, like the Northern Elders’ Forum.
Similarly, Yakasai disclosed that he does not belong to any political party, adding that he had resigned from the ANPP since 2001, so as not only to have absolute freedom of speech but to enjoy his fundamental human rights.