By Tina Akannam
Dutse â€” former Military President, General IbrahimÂ Babangida (rtd), has kicked against the creation of new states in the country, saying managing the present 36 states in the country is burdensome.
Gen. Babangida stated this weekend in Hadejia, Jigawa State while answering questions from newsmen when he honoured the invitation by the Emir of Hadejia to witness this year Eid Maulud celebration.
He described the agitation for the creation of more states in the country by groups and communities as irrelevant, stressing that the country has enough states for every ethnic group in Nigeria.
According to him, with the creation of the 36 states in the country, every Nigerian has his own home and state in respect of his socio-ethnic groups, adding that creating additional states will not be in the interest of the nation now.
His words: â€œThe creation of more states now could not solve our socio-economic problems, rather it might compound the problems. What we need now to bail out the country from current socio-economic crisis are unity, sincerity, and total commitment.
â€œFrom what I know concerning the creation of state, I donâ€™tÂ think if there is anyone among those bodies agitating for new states that can fulfil or meet with requirements stipulated by Nigerian constitution for the creation of any additional state,â€ he observed.
He then appealed to Nigerians to concentrate on developing the existing states, which he said were enough for the nation to attain its socio-economic goals if properly supported by all.
On Jigawa State which he created about 19 years ago, Babangida said the state was on the track and on its way to attain the purpose and objectives for its creation.
â€œThose who know how the area made up Jigawa was before the creation of the state, will testify that there has been a lot of development in both urban and rural areas,” he said.