Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, owed the nation apology for contributing to where the country found itself.
Oshiomhole was speaking at the 5th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in Abuja, where he was represented by the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers, Comrade Issa Aremu.
He claimed that it was under IBB’s regime that “the economy was restructured” and the naira devalued.
“The discussion now is about restructuring and I think those of us in the Labour circle must be careful about some words.
“I heard Babangida talking about restructuring. Although he could have been converted, this is a man under whose tenure the cabinet was dissolved and for almost a month, he was alone, ruling the country.
“I thought that he should have apologised to the whole country, but there is nothing like that from him. But it is now fashionable for him to talk about restructuring. It was under him that the economy was restructured. He devalued the currency and downsized workers. It is important that we prioritise these terms.”
In the former governor’s view, “what we need to do is organise and not agonise. Let us quit our problems and not quit ourselves.”
“We are giving quit notice to ourselves and as Nigerians we cannot afford that,” he said, adding: “We are just victims of xenophobic attacks. How can we be looking for global sympathy when misguided South African youths are attacking other African countries that fought for their liberation only to come back home and be giving quit notices to ourselves.
“I think we should quit poverty, lack of electricity, import dependency, exporting crude oil and importing refined products, unemployment, but we should not quit ourselves. It is time for us to make a case for the amendment of the constitution in such a way that residency should replace citizenship, not indigeneship.