Nigerians were surprised when the news started circulating that a new political party has been formed by some eminent Nigerians ahead of the 2023 politics.
The party is known as Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP). It was formed by some prominent Nigerians which include: former Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, former Presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi among others. Apart from the fact that they formed the RNP as a third force against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, what Jega said raised eyebrows.
Jega disclosed that 24 out of the existing 36 states in Nigeria need to be scrapped. According to him, 12 states as they were in Nigeria during the 1976/77 era will be better for the country. To him, the 12 states arrangement for Nigeria will fast track the development of the country and make administration more convenient while at the same time allow each state to be viable.
The big question is, which 24 states in Nigeria should be scrapped?
This is what Jega failed to mention after he made that suggestion. In fact, Jega made other suggestions like returning Nigeria to regions when the country had four regions namely: the Northern, the Western, the Eastern and the Mid-Western regions respectively. He also suggested ruling the country based on geo-political zones. In that case, Nigeria will have six political administrative units since it has six geo-political zones. All these other suggestions are clear but the one of scrapping 24 states is still unclear.
This is because Jega did not mention the 24 states he wants the Nigerian government to scrap. He also failed to mention the 12 states he wants the country to retain. Well, while it is not wrong for him to suggest that or for Nigerian government to adopt it if it will solve problems as Jega revealed, it must be pointed out that all the 36 states have equal rights. They were all created by law (you may call it decree).
In that case, they are all legal entities. So, the process of deciding which ones should be scrapped and which ones should be retained need to follow due legal and fair process too. Ethnic and other issues need to be considered too so that each region will be fairly treated to avoid worsening the same problem the country hopes to solve. Meanwhile, it is a fact that Jega still owes Nigerians explanation because he needs to explain the 24 states that need to be scrapped and the 12 that need to be retained based on his suggestion.
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