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Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:25pm On Jun 23, 2019
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and human rights activist, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has told President Muhammadu Buhari to divide the country into eight regional structures.

Agbakoba, one of the greatest heroes of democracy in Nigeria, noted that there are so many unclear issues in Nigeria about how people of the country want to organize themselves and how they want to live together.


The senior lawyer told reporters at the weekend that insecurity and other serious issues facing the country “can’t [be] fully arrested,” if the central government remains so strong as it is now.

He added that, “This is because community policing or state policing is a tactical tool to deal with the problem, but the strategic tool is the bigger question of the national question.

“There are so many unclear issues in Nigeria about how we want to organize ourselves, how we want to live together, this is what some people have called the restructuring question, some call it the national question, but I call it devolution of powers question.


“Whatever it’s called that is the central issue that needs resolution so that even if you use tactical tools like community policing, but the bigger issue remains then I don’t know if we can resolve it.

“What Nigeria needs is space, there are diverse ethnicities and they are living in such close proximity that one ethnic community is in the face of the other with counter-cultures, counter-religious beliefs and that is not healthy. Even in America in spite of all their advanced democracy, they take care of diversities.

“So, I think if I were to advise the president, for instance, the first thing to do is create space…,identify the ethnic regionalities, create eight big blocs, even though we have 6 to make it 8.


“And then I will give them the power to do things at their own local level, it’s called the principle of subsidiarity; let them work at their own local level. Subsidiarity is where people engage themselves at the local level such that you find in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England.

“Part of the challenge they had when they were living closely was to create an act of settlement of 1705, that was when peace began to come and each of the regions recognized themselves.

“They all had their own prime ministers and they call them first ministers, so the prime minister of the UK is the one we see internationally, but on local matters like school, refuse collection, education, agriculture, employment, health issues, it’s local.



“So, imagine where eight of the regional structures in Nigeria were fending for themselves at their local level and not depending on federal allocation from Abuja, things will be different.

“Immediately they will take control of what is around them, they will create state police, they will create the relevant security apparatus to deal with any threat, therefore, you don’t need one Chief of Army Staff, and they don’t need one Inspector General of Police to be running around entire Nigeria.

“For instance…say in the South-south region, they will have all the relevant apparatuses to deal with whatever situation that they need to survive as a region.



“They could have courts; they might like to have a Supreme Court of the South-south where cases end in the Supreme Court of the South-south, so they do not have to go to the Supreme Court of Nigeria because the Supreme Court of Nigeria has no business dealing with issues arising from there.

“That is the kind of space I think that should be paramount in the issue concerning where Nigeria is heading to.

“Because that discussion is not on the table, all these ethnic issues flare up as major national insecurity challenge. So, that is what I will do or suggest if I had the opportunity to advise on it. The Federal Government is too strong.



“The Federal Government is actually not a Federal Government, ours is a unitary government because the states have no power on the legislative list so there are 68 items on the Exclusive List and as the name implies in Exclusive List only the Federal Government handles it.

“There is 30 on the Concurrent List, concurrent is between the federal and the state to legislate, but if the Federal Government legislates then pursuant to what is called the doctrine of covering the field the state is not allowed to do anything. In other words, the states have no legislative authority, that creates a problem.

“Why should the Federal Government be dealing with Universal Basic Education for primary schools? What is the Federal Government responsibility with that? I don’t understand.



“What is the Federal Government responsibility with setting up a JAMB process so that you equalize educational activities, but if my grandchild from Anambra scores 282, but my friend’s grandson from Zamfara scores 100, my friend’s grandson gets into the university, but my own does not get in. Why don’t you simply say ….look each region can just organize itself and take your examination?

“So, it is this centrifugal federalism, that means federalism that has a pyramid that has only one leader that is our problem.

“We just have to blast the structures and allow regional leaders as we had under the 1960 Constitution. So, when you have regional leaders you will have people who will like to play regional politics or regional law.

“There is no reason, for instance, in my own profession the eight regions I propose should not be awarding SAN to their best lawyers. Why must it only be Abuja? In the UK, the SAN in England is different from the SAN in Scotland.

“So, the formula that worked for Nigeria was to recognize the differences and I think the best example of the agreements that we can apply is the Aburi Accord.

“The Aburi Accord recognized that Nigeria’s problems were as a result of our diversity not being well managed. We need to manage our diversity that is the way we can move forward




https://dailypost.ng/2019/06/23/apply-aburi-accord-divide-nigeria-now-agbakoba-tells-buhari/

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:27pm On Jun 23, 2019
Can you imagine

Someone that have benefited immensely from Nigeria

Someone that campaigned for Atiku day and night

Someone that supported Pdp day and night

Agbakoba is really an agbako

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:30pm On Jun 23, 2019
Nigeria will remain as one entity

Nobody will divide us

There is strength in unity

We say big NO to our haters

Nigeria won’t be divided

Cc mynd44

Cc lalasticlala

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Nobody: 3:34pm On Jun 23, 2019
sarrki:
Nigeria will remain as one entity

Nobody will divide us

There is strength in unity

We say big NO to our haters

Nigeria won’t be divided

Cc mynd44

Cc lalasticlala
unity beggar....


unity almajiri....

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:36pm On Jun 23, 2019
highcollide:
unity beggar....


unity almajiri....







grin grin

Yet you and your leaders are rooting for Atiku Abubakar

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by wisewordd: 3:43pm On Jun 23, 2019
Nigeria needs overhauling.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:44pm On Jun 23, 2019
theenchanter:
mumu, how can u post something and not understand it?

He never called for division of d country, he said d central govt is too strong and asked buhari to create 8 big blocs (regions). He said we're practicing a unitary govt imposed by d military and not truly a federal system.

He said d 8 regions should be responsible for their affairs.

We know his inner motive

He never meant well for this country

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Nobody: 3:44pm On Jun 23, 2019
sarrki:
Nigeria will remain as one entity

Nobody will divide us

There is strength in unity

We say big NO to our haters

Nigeria won’t be divided

Cc mynd44

Cc lalasticlala
Why're you guys always afraid of division? If Nigeria divide will you die. That means without SS/SE there no Nigeria!

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Nobody: 3:44pm On Jun 23, 2019
theenchanter:
mumu, how can u post something and not understand it?

He never called for division of d country, he said d central govt is too strong and asked buhari to create 8 big blocs (regions). He said we're practicing a unitary govt imposed by d military and not truly a federal system.

He said d 8 regions should be responsible for their affairs.
Why are you wasting your time educating a zombie?

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Nobody: 3:44pm On Jun 23, 2019
God please even after the 8 regions, everyone should go their own way .... straight up.


I don't have time for unity beggars like ftc above.


This shiithole needs to stop existing.

Lugard with his adulterous wife has done to us more harm than good.

After an unholy, marathon night sex even on top bed while still fornicating named this jungle Nigeria.

Chineke ekwela..

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Nobody: 3:44pm On Jun 23, 2019
God please even after the 8 regions, everyone should go their own way .... straight up.


I don't have time for unity beggars like ftc above.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 3:45pm On Jun 23, 2019
Destiny34:
Why're you guys always afraid divisionof, if Nigeria divide will you die. That means without SS/SE there no Nigeria!


grin grin

Learn from history young man

We won’t allow any miscreants to kill innocent children and women for greedy purposes again

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Aidejay(m): 3:49pm On Jun 23, 2019
Very intelligent idea
Unfortunately it's been smeared in political sentiments the author has been known to prescribe to

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by zibya: 3:49pm On Jun 23, 2019
sarrki:



Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and human rights activist, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has told President Muhammadu Buhari to divide the country into eight regional structures.

Agbakoba, one of the greatest heroes of democracy in Nigeria, noted that there are so many unclear issues in Nigeria about how people of the country want to organize themselves and how they want to live together.


The senior lawyer told reporters at the weekend that insecurity and other serious issues facing the country “can’t [be] fully arrested,” if the central government remains so strong as it is now.

He added that, “This is because community policing or state policing is a tactical tool to deal with the problem, but the strategic tool is the bigger question of the national question.

“There are so many unclear issues in Nigeria about how we want to organize ourselves, how we want to live together, this is what some people have called the restructuring question, some call it the national question, but I call it devolution of powers question.


“Whatever it’s called that is the central issue that needs resolution so that even if you use tactical tools like community policing, but the bigger issue remains then I don’t know if we can resolve it.

“What Nigeria needs is space, there are diverse ethnicities and they are living in such close proximity that one ethnic community is in the face of the other with counter-cultures, counter-religious beliefs and that is not healthy. Even in America in spite of all their advanced democracy, they take care of diversities.

So, I think if I were to advise the president, for instance, the first thing to do is create space…,identify the ethnic regionalities, create eight big blocs, even though we have 6 to make it 8.


“And then I will give them the power to do things at their own local level, it’s called the principle of subsidiarity; let them work at their own local level. Subsidiarity is where people engage themselves at the local level such that you find in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England.

“Part of the challenge they had when they were living closely was to create an act of settlement of 1705, that was when peace began to come and each of the regions recognized themselves.

“They all had their own prime ministers and they call them first ministers, so the prime minister of the UK is the one we see internationally, but on local matters like school, refuse collection, education, agriculture, employment, health issues, it’s local.



“So, imagine where eight of the regional structures in Nigeria were fending for themselves at their local level and not depending on federal allocation from Abuja, things will be different.

“Immediately they will take control of what is around them, they will create state police, they will create the relevant security apparatus to deal with any threat, therefore, you don’t need one Chief of Army Staff, and they don’t need one Inspector General of Police to be running around entire Nigeria.

“For instance…say in the South-south region, they will have all the relevant apparatuses to deal with whatever situation that they need to survive as a region.



“They could have courts; they might like to have a Supreme Court of the South-south where cases end in the Supreme Court of the South-south, so they do not have to go to the Supreme Court of Nigeria because the Supreme Court of Nigeria has no business dealing with issues arising from there.

“That is the kind of space I think that should be paramount in the issue concerning where Nigeria is heading to.

“Because that discussion is not on the table, all these ethnic issues flare up as major national insecurity challenge. So, that is what I will do or suggest if I had the opportunity to advise on it. The Federal Government is too strong.



“The Federal Government is actually not a Federal Government, ours is a unitary government because the states have no power on the legislative list so there are 68 items on the Exclusive List and as the name implies in Exclusive List only the Federal Government handles it.

“There is 30 on the Concurrent List, concurrent is between the federal and the state to legislate, but if the Federal Government legislates then pursuant to what is called the doctrine of covering the field the state is not allowed to do anything. In other words, the states have no legislative authority, that creates a problem.

“Why should the Federal Government be dealing with Universal Basic Education for primary schools? What is the Federal Government responsibility with that? I don’t understand.



“What is the Federal Government responsibility with setting up a JAMB process so that you equalize educational activities, but if my grandchild from Anambra scores 282, but my friend’s grandson from Zamfara scores 100, my friend’s grandson gets into the university, but my own does not get in. Why don’t you simply say ….look each region can just organize itself and take your examination?

“So, it is this centrifugal federalism, that means federalism that has a pyramid that has only one leader that is our problem.

“We just have to blast the structures and allow regional leaders as we had under the 1960 Constitution. So, when you have regional leaders you will have people who will like to play regional politics or regional law.

“There is no reason, for instance, in my own profession the eight regions I propose should not be awarding SAN to their best lawyers. Why must it only be Abuja? In the UK, the SAN in England is different from the SAN in Scotland.

“So, the formula that worked for Nigeria was to recognize the differences and I think the best example of the agreements that we can apply is the Aburi Accord.

“The Aburi Accord recognized that Nigeria’s problems were as a result of our diversity not being well managed. We need to manage our diversity that is the way we can move forward




https://dailypost.ng/2019/06/23/apply-aburi-accord-divide-nigeria-now-agbakoba-tells-buhari/
This man claims to be a SAN and yet fails to realize that the president dosen't have the constitutional authority to unilaterally alter the constitution in order to put into effect most of what he just suggested

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by chernest2002: 4:06pm On Jun 23, 2019
Our leaders refused to restructure in other words they are calling for total destruction.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by goodnessme1(f): 4:21pm On Jun 23, 2019
Why are yoruba muslims afraid of nigeria dividing.


We are not one and can never be one.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by aolawale025: 4:25pm On Jun 23, 2019
1963 constitution is the way forward

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by aolawale025: 4:27pm On Jun 23, 2019
zibya:
This man claims to be a SAN and yet fails to realize that the president dosen't have the constitutional authority to unilaterally alter the constitution in order to put into effect most of what he just suggested

He can initiate the process. There are already various reports the last one being 2014 conference report

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by zibya: 4:48pm On Jun 23, 2019
aolawale025:


He can initiate the process. There are already various reports the last one being 2014 conference report
And why should he do that? It is the responsibility of the legislature to amend the constitution

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by chiboyjohn: 4:49pm On Jun 23, 2019
grin
Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Tallesty1(m): 5:03pm On Jun 23, 2019
sarrki:
Nigeria will remain as one entity

Nobody will divide us

There is strength in unity

We say big NO to our haters

Nigeria won’t be divided

Cc mynd44

Cc lalasticlala
Okay.... Tell me the benefits of being one. Give me reasons we should be united(we currently ain't). No fights, no insults this time.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by limeta(f): 5:48pm On Jun 23, 2019
No where in the world six make one and there is peace and progress

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by seanfer(m): 5:50pm On Jun 23, 2019
My question to Agbakoba is that why wait till now before giving this advice? Because this administration is not in his favour.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Racoon(m): 6:02pm On Jun 23, 2019
[s]
sarrki:
Nigeria will remain as one entity.Nobody will divide us.There is strength in unity.We say big NO to our haters.Nigeria won’t be divided.
[/s]It happened to the former USSR.Even Yugoslavia also splited.Meanwhile your demigod is passionately advocating the formation of a seperatist country from Morocco.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Racoon(m): 6:03pm On Jun 23, 2019
Nigeria is not one and will never be.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by sarrki(m): 6:12pm On Jun 23, 2019
Racoon:
[s][/s]It happened to the former USSR.Even Yugoslavia also splited.Meanwhile your demigod is passionately advocating the formation of a seperatist country from Morocco.

Nigeria is not Morocco youngster

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by Guestlander: 6:19pm On Jun 23, 2019
goodnessme1:
Why are yoruba muslims afraid of nigeria dividing.



We are not one and can never be one.


Agbakoba did not say Nigeria should be divided. He basically said Nigeria should be restructured. Ipobs are liars and benders of the truth.


On a lighter note, there are no SANs in the UK. They are called queen/king's counsel. grin


“There is no reason, for instance, in my own profession the eight regions I propose should not be awarding SAN to their best lawyers. Why must it only be Abuja? In the UK, the SAN in England is different from the SAN in Scotland.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by selemempe: 6:25pm On Jun 23, 2019
zibya:
This man claims to be a SAN and yet fails to realize that the president dosen't have the constitutional authority to unilaterally alter the constitution in order to put into effect most of what he just suggested
but the president has the right to push it thru NASS...thats why he is the most powerful nigerian

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by goodnessme1(f): 6:26pm On Jun 23, 2019
Guestlander:



Agbakoba did not say Nigeria should be divided. He basically said Nigeria should be restructured. Ipob are liars and benders of the truth.
so you didn't see where your fellow yorubas up there are crying that nigeria wont divide.

Ipob are not liars but yoruba muslims that are saying nigeria is one even when they hate Igbos.

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Re: Agbakoba To Buhari: Apply Ojukwu Aburi Accord & Divide Nigeria Now by selemempe: 6:26pm On Jun 23, 2019
seanfer:
My question to Agbakoba is that why wait till now before giving this advice? Because this administration is not in his favour.
who and who pushed for soverign national confrence in 2014?

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