Elder statesman Tanko Yakasai has alleged that the agitation for restructuring was borne out of the hatred the Yoruba and Igbo have for the Hausa.
Speaking at a public lecture by Africa Research and Development Agency, Yakasai said it was a Yoruba agenda promoted by uninformed Igbo people in order to destabilise the country.
He said: “Restructuring, as many other problematic concepts, was conceived by Afenifere, an offshoot of Action Group, to destabilise the country.
“It is upon those who are agitating for restructuring to tell Nigerians the real meaning of restructuring. For example, how will Nigeria look like after restructuring? What is your fate?
“If restructuring means constitutional amendments, there is laid down procedure for constitutional amendment, because constitutional amendment is being conducted through elected representatives and the North by virtue of its population has higher number of representatives, that is why they are afraid to call for constitutional amendment.
“Some people are advocating we should adopt the 1962 Constitution. To the best of my knowledge, the 1962 Constitution recognised four regions. Now we have six geo-political regions. But they failed to explain which regions should be retained or merged.”
“If the Igbo, who lost their wealth during the Nigerian civil war emerged prosperous and presently own 70 percent of Lagos industries, the North has no cause to fear any threat from other parts of the country.
“During the civil war, regional governments took over landed properties belonging to Igbos in their respective regions. But in Kano and entire Northern part, the landed properties were handed over to the Igbos after the civil war.
“In Kano, a committee was constituted under the leadership of Dr Uba Adamu who renovated Igbo properties vandalised during the civil war and returned them to Igbos after the war. But their properties in Port Harcourt were not given to them till date.”