In a thought-provoking revelation, Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, has articulated that the creation of states in Nigeria was a consequence of historical exigency during the Biafra War, rather than a meticulously planned process.
During an interview with Channels Television, Bishop Kukah emphasized that the current state structure is dysfunctional and advocated for a radical overhaul to facilitate the nation’s progress.
> “The structure of the Nigerian state is unscientific; it’s dysfunctional; it’s not working. It’s the reason why, amidst plenty, we’re still in pain. The Nigerian structure needs to be totally dismantled because it cannot work.”
Bishop Kukah highlighted that the creation of states, historically intended to prevent conflict with Ojukwu, has inadvertently contributed to the disunity in the country.
> “The first mistake we made, in my view, was to create states. Alright, the creation of states; remember that states were created to stop Ojukwu from going to war, not because people sat down and decided that this is how we’re going to do this.”
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