On the Spot with Eric Teniola

National Anthem: Deconstructing the military legacy (3), by Eric Teniola 

National Anthem: Deconstructing the military legacy (3), by Eric Teniola 

From last week, continues the narrative of the transition of the old National Anthem to a new one, including the roles played by different individuals in this process during the Obasanjo military regime. GENERAL Olusegun Obasanjo,  who was then Head of State, accepted the work and modified it. In September 1976, he decreed that all […]
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Why new states and LGs can’t be created (7), By Eric Teniola

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (7), By Eric Teniola

From last week continues the narrative that following the submission of the Mbanefo report the number of local governments in the country was increased to 417. Today concludes the discourse in support of why new states  and local governments cannot be created now ALL in all, there are 417 local governments in the North while the […]

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (6) 

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (6) 

After the submission of Mbanefo’s report, six new states were created: Bayel- sa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Nasarrawa and Zamfara states, making the total number of states in the Federation to be 36

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (5), By Eric Teniola 

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (5), By Eric Teniola 

Last week the narrative centred on how the Constituent Assembly was forced to adjourn sine die following pandemonium caused by those who wanted their states created. The narrative continues today. THE hurdles for the creation of more states as contained in the Constitution are too high to be cleared. From October 1, 1979 to December […]

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (4), By Eric Teniola

Why new states and LGs can’t be created (4), By Eric Teniola

It is also my considered view that the under the Decree establishing this Assembly, this House has no legal power to create new states. Indeed, the Assembly would be acting ultra vires its power to do so: and both the Federal Military Government and any incoming governments would be entitled to treat any state so created by mere resolution with contempt.