Mr Mailafia during his interview condemned the North’s position against the declaration by Southern governors and Senators who called for ban on open grazing, restructuring, constitution review and state police.

He further disclosed why kanu state and other parts of northern region has benefited more from Nigeria consistution.

According to him, “Well, I think everybody is now on restructuring bandwagon. The main opposition is from the North. And this is because they have benefitted enormously from the egregious inequities of the illegitimate 1999 constitution.

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“Kano, for example, receives monthly disbursements to 44 local governments, with the highest numbers of legislators in the National Assembly. All because General Abacha came from Kano and he gerrymandered the constituencies to favour his own people. The only hope of salvaging our country, as far as I am concerned, is through restructuring of the federation to ensure justice, fairness and equity for all.

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“In principle, I also support the idea of a state police. In the sixties, we had the Native Authority police in the North with their well-starched uniforms and batons. They carried so much authority and were respected by all. Petty crimes did exist, but armed robbery was unheard of.

“Policemen that spring from the community will be more effective in controlling crime because they would tend to know the family that produced the thief. I therefore support state police. But with a caveat. First, the training must be rigorous and national.”

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This is as he criticized the position taken by those insisting on open grazing, maintaining that the practice was abolished by a verdict on Suit no AB/26/66 on 17th April, 1969, delivered by Justice Adewale Thompson of the Abeokuta Division of the High Court.


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