By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— FORMER National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, yesterday, took a swipe at the government led by his party, attributing the activities of members of Boko Haram and other challenges across the country to what he described as bad government.
Speaking at the celebration of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme at 80, Ahmadu Ali, who noted that what the nation needed at the moment was good governance, said if the government was up and doing, there would have been no cases of massacre in Mubi, Adamawa State, Aluu in Rivers State and a host of others.
He warned that the constitution was not the problem in the country, but good governance, adding: “‘We must first amend ourselves, not the constitution. If there is good governance and peace, there will be no Boko Haram, there will not be massacre in Mubi and Port Harcourt.
“This idea of six zones was an artificial creation by late Sanni Abacha to find a way of ruling the country and those crying about marginalization are just being smart. Those who are really marginalized are the West. The clamour for restructuring of the six zones is not relevant and amending the constitution is not the issue, but good governance.”
Even when the Publisher of Thisday newspapers, Mr Nduka Obiagbena wanted to give Ali a soft landing for describing the PDP-led government in such manner, the former PDP national chairman who repeated what he had said earlier, added that we must tell ourselves the truth.
Also in her contribution, former President, National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, Mrs. Bolere Ketebu, who described the creation of Bayelsa State as an aberration, stressed that the 1999 constitution was dotted before it was finally put into use, adding that the same constitution provides that a state must have at least 10 local governments, but Bayelsa has eight, ‘’it is an aberration.”