A prominent leader of the Igala people, Cyprian Adejo, on Monday said only restructuring of the country could end agitations from various segments of the country and ensure its development.
He however added that such restructuring should be carried out through constitutional amendments that would guarantee unity, peace and tranquillity in the country.
Adejo, who said this while addressing the Movement for Sustainable Development of Igala/Bassa (MOSDIBN) in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, said the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria must be based on just, fair and equitable principles to all Nigerians.
According to him, restructuring had become inevitable, saying it would breed hard work and enable each state to develop its own resources independently as against the present situation where states relied on income from the federation account.
He said the development witnessed during the regional administration could be replicated after restructuring as every region would develop based on the resources available in their domains.
He also noted that healthy competition would fast track development across the country.
The Igala leader explained that unity was the core value the country needed, saying countries like Japan, China and Brazil had become giant industrial nations because of the absence of ethno-political rivalry.
He however stated that the country should as a matter of urgency vigorously pursue her diversification effort into agriculture to further boost her economic development.
Adejo therefore urged the people and government of Kogi state to take advantage of the abundant cashew nuts in the eastern part of the state to develop its economy.