A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday called on the federal government to give listening ears to the complaints from all the ethnic groups in the country.
The former President made the call amid loud cries for restructuring of the country by various ethnic groups.
According to him, giving a listening ear would give all the ethnic groups a sense of belonging.
Chief Obasanjo, who spoke briefly at the convocation lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday, said such discourse on restructuring would provide an opportunity for all stakeholders in the country to state their grievances and possible solutions.
The lecture, titled “Restructuring and true federalism: Nigeria in perspective”, was delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Prof. Eghosa Osaghe
Obasanjo said, “Nigeria must continue to give listening ears to the complaints of all ethnic groups in the country. This will give a sense of belonging to all ethnic groups and encourage them to effectively participate in the socioeconomic discussions and national development”.
In his remarks, the NOUN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said the graduation of Obasanjo from the university with a Doctor of Philosophy, was an indication that no one was too old to pursue education and knowledge.
Adamu said citizens must disregard age and other challenges to “diligently pursue education for self-improvement”.