I wasn’t elected to break up Nigeria - Senator Omo-Agege
- Senator Omo-Agege said he was not put in power to break up the country
- According to him, his goal is to work with his colleagues to push Nigeria forward
- He said he is hopeful that one day Nigeria will get it right
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in Delta state, Ovie Omo-Agege, has denied making moves for the break-up of Nigeria as a country.
Omo-Agege said the dissolution of the country is not part of the restructuring contemplated and by some section of Nigeria.
The senator in a statement released on Wednesday, August 9, also said he was not elected by his people to dissolve Nigeria.
He however noted that his goal is to collaborate with other members of the Senate to ensure that Nigeria becomes a better place for all and not to destroy it.
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Omo-Agege said: "My goal is, therefore, to collaborate with my colleagues to make Nigeria better but certainly not to destroy it. My people did not ask me to come to Abuja for the dissolution of this great country.”
“The break-up of Nigeria cannot be a legitimate outcome of restructuring. While issues such as devolution of power, fiscal federalism, and resource control, are all legitimate aspects of restructuring, it is not tenable to purport that the actual break-up or dissolution of the country is a necessary, responsible or bonafide expectation of our citizens within the broad agenda to restructure this country to practice federation in its pure form," Omo-Agege said.
Explaining the importance of restructuring, Omo-Agege said urged Nigerians to accept steps taken by the National Assembly as a move to ensuring an environment for sustainable growth in the country.
He said: "My hope is that someday, we will get it right when the required numbers of legislators understand the need to develop this nation organically and speedily by giving the states more roles to play. But hope is not lost. “Going forward, critical items on devolution of power can still be individually revisited as already commendably indicated by the leadership of the National Assembly.
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"To this end, neither the Senate nor the House can truly be said to have rejected restructuring per se."
Omo-Agege said that what the National Assembly did was reject a package containing various different items.
He said the items crucial to achieving true federalism within the framework of a united country will be revisited and carried through in the future.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate voted against giving more powers to the states.
The Senate rejected the proposal to amend the 1999 Constitution in other to devolve powers to the state government.
Out of 95 Senators present during the voting process, 48 of them voted against the proposal to give more powers to the states.
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