Abolish 36 States, Adopt 6 Geo-political Zones As Federating Units – Atiku

Former Vice President and a chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has suggested the use of the nation’s six geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36-state structure, many of which he declared unviable.

“We must be open to changing the nature of the federating units, such as using the existing geo-political zones as federating units rather than the current 36 states, of which only a few are financially viable,” he said.

Atiku spoke in Lagos on Sunday while accepting the Hero of Nigeria Democracy Award conferred on him by Hall of Grace Magazine.

In a paper entitled, "Building a nation that works: My Diary and Way Forward", the former vice president, however, added that political decentralization must be accompanied by economic diversification.

He said: “We need to diversify our economy away from the dependence on oil. We need to create opportunities for our people to engage in diverse economic activities which governments will then tax for revenues.

“But we can’t do that efficiently and effectively without accurate data. I have in the past called for an end to the self-defeating politics we play with census in the country.

“With all the data gathering and analytic tools in existence in the 21st century, we have no good reason not to have accurate data on our people, down to the smallest unit, the individual.

“Without data, we cannot plan properly and all of us will lose, including those who try to inflate their population figures and those who want to suppress those of others.

“Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source.”

Abubakar also asked the nation to stop digging its grave, if it must get out of the woods, saying: “There is a saying that if you want to get out of a hole you dug yourself in you first stop digging.”


  1. confirm sir..your head dey dere

  2. Political statement nothing more 2019 in mind

  3. We are in for whatever will move us forward as a nation

  4. How does it help, avenue to steal money.

  5. All in all, a struggle for hegemony in the north-eastern Nigeria federating unit as Atiku Abubakar Company Looting Limited unit. Shine ur eyes Nigerians.

  6. Laughable we don't know your impact in Nigeria

  7. "Abolish 36 states adopt 6 geo political zones" so said by Atiku. Just consider your presidential ambition as a mere propaganda because no one will vote for northerners again because of their failure and incompetency. Biafrans are going!!! How many times will I said it.

  8. He's yet to comply with TSA. Its whatever he and his bankers declare for NPA in revenue collection. Also we didnt forget all the government properties you bought shady deal under BPE including your loans from excess crude acct.
    Atiku be milkinig Nig. since before the Abiola saga.

  9. Points well made our leader...
    We need to restructure for growth and development.
    Let us face our fears and progress to give better life to those coming after us.


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