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Clergy flays war against corruption

The General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International, Bishop (Dr.) Emma Gospel Isong, has urged Nigerians not to see restructuring as a means of dividing the country but rather as an avenue for remodeling, and reorganizing Nigeria for speedy development.

Speaking at his 53rd birth day in Calabar, Dr. Isong decried the way corruption war was being tackled by the present administration but encouraged Nigerians to be proactive, productive shun all vices while channeling their strength to the rebuilding process for the betterment of everyone.

“Nigerians should not see restructuring as a means of dividing the country but rather as an avenue for remodeling, and reorganizing the Nigeria for speedy development.”

Also speaking, the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo called for regional autonomy, regional constitutions and progressive competition among the federating units, stating that the country’s present structure is no longer realistic.

Hon. Lebo lamented further that “Nigeria cannot become a better country with an undue concentration of power at the federal level.”

Former Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Peter Orubebe, who delivered the birthday lecture titled “can restructuring take Nigeria to the next level?” noted that our state.

Governments have lost the creative capacity of the old regional arrangements in favour of frequent handouts from the centre.

He recalled that “there was a time when the regions not only built but also maintained to the highest standards, their roads, schools, hospitals, industrial parks and stadia. “We live in times where the Federal Government must build everything.”

He lamented that “Nigeria as an entity has failed to realize the dangerous effects of identity politics and its contributions to our current state of ideological collapse in political discourse.”

Edem Bassey, Calabar

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