Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: Soludo Seeks Abolition of State of Origin

Yola — Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Professor Charles Soludo at the weekend, said Nigeria is shrouded by what he called favouritisms and other primordial sentiments, calling for the abolition of the concept of state of origin.

Speaking at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Founders Day celebration in Yola, the former CBN boss said, "In Nigeria, residence means very little. Once you leave your state of origin, you become a foreigner or a non-indigene even in your own country.

Even if five generations of your family have lived in a place other than the original state of your forefathers, you are still a non-indigene and will be discriminated against. Let us forget the business of state of origin and go to state of residence.

Once you are resident in a place and you perform your civic responsibilities for the period, there's no reason why you shouldn't benefit, provided of course you don't claim dual residency".

He said transformational leadership is not a one-man affair as it requires a critical group of people who share a common vision and strategy.

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