Former Commissioner Blames Gowon for Nigeria’s problems



ONE-time Commissioner for Education and Public Utilities in the old Anambra State, has criticised General Yakubu Gowon, a former head of state, over creating the 12-state structure.

Chukwuma Okoye, the former commissioner believes that creating the state was responsible for problems of structure facing the country today.

Reacting to Gowon’s recent statement that the clamour for restructuring of the country was impossible, Okoye faulted the Gowon, saying his youthful exuberance during his 30s as head of state witnessed the crisis that eventually snowballed in the civil war – the Nigeria/Biafra conflict.

He also believes that the subsequent creation of states, has failed to address the issues of equity and imbalance in the country’s land mass.

According to the former commissioner, the real problem of Nigeria is the coming into power of persons below 35 years, who misapplied power.

Describing their actions at the nation’s post independence era as manipulated by some politicians that harboured prejudices, hatred and struggle for power and domination, Chief Okoye made reference to some works by some authers.

He cited the books by Wole Soyinka’s book: ‘No basis for Nigerian unity,’ and Chinua Achebe’s book: ‘There Was A Country,’ as food for thought.

He called on all patriotic Nigerians to convene a summit to determine how to restructure the country for peace to reign.

– Nov 3, 2017 @ 18:13 GMT |


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