Some delegates to the on-going National Conference have called for the creation of more states to address issues of marginalisation and minority in the country.
The delegates made the call in Abuja on Thursday while deliberating on President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech of March 17.
Representing former local government chairmen, from the North East, Emmanuel Tsamdu, said creation of more states would help the marginalised groups or ethnic minorities to have a sense of belonging.
“It may interest you to know that I am from one of the most marginalised part of this country. Our past leader and hero, late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saudana of Sokoto promised that we should be treated equally with other provinces, such as Borno, Adamawa and Bauchi but today it is only my province that is not a state,” he said.
Tsamdu said it would be good for Nigerians to look into the matter and create a state (Amana State) where the minorities will be put together and no longer marginalised.”
A retired justice of the Supreme Court, F. F. Tabai, representing the judiciary, also called for the creation of more states to carry along the marginalised groups in the country.
“I also support the call for the creation of state,” Tabai said.
Also, a delegate representing North Central, John Uko, called for state creation and power rotation at all levels of government.
“The minority have been given attention in Mr President’s speech as he emphasised on inclusion, consensus and harmony. Let us support states creation and power rotation at all levels of government. In the way the Idoma and Igede minority of Benue State can dream big dreams,” Uko said.