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S'EAST AND ITS ONE ADDITIONAL PYRRHIC STATE VICTORY
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 Our solution, let the new constitution empower the Zone to create its own State if it can fund it!
In Nigeria, what is obvious is never so!! And so, S'East wins this pyrrhic victory to be re-litigated another day!!!

 

'AGITATION by the people of the South-East for creation of an additional state in the area to put them at par with other zones of the federation received huge support  when, Thursday, the demand received the unanimous backing from members of the National Conference Committee on Political Reforms and Forms of Government' so says the header glee by the Guardian! It is the NigerianNews opinion on this seeming show of magnanimity that the committee actually missed the point and in fact it actually compounded the problem! If the Zone is the federating unit, a case that this Confab should actually discuss thoroughly, S'East is in fact owed 2 States, while S'West, S'South, N'Central and the N'East are owed one additional State each to keep up or be at par with the N'West, a member of the Zonal federating unit!

 

It seems to us that the S'East considers the N'West a sacred cow all along and so decided it must only be at par with the other 4 Zones! Can the S'East honestly say it is now at par with the other Zones? Of course not. As long as the N'West continues to hold one State advantage, the S'East is not at par with at least one 'super' Zone.

This victory for the S'East seems meaningful only if the federating unit is the State, but this is yet to be decided. If the Zone is the federating unit, the S'East is still owed an extra State, and S'West, S'South, N'Central and N'East are each owed an extra state each in order to keep up with the N'West.! We must start asking our selves why a country that is craving or aspire to practice fairness must fail to ask its members for needed sacrifice in order to advance the nation


If this Confab is to be successful, resource control and devolution of power ought to be part of the confab accomplishments, and if this is so, then no Zone will want any additional state in its neighborhood as financing a new state becomes a problem. It is either we settle all these outstanding problems now or we watch our problem advance from conflagration to deflagration as we can no longer punt to another time.

Our solution, let the new constitution empower the Zone to create its own State if it can fund it!
In Nigeria, what is obvious is never so!! And so, S'East wins this pyrrhic victory to be re-litigated another day!!!


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