Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has expressed fears that Nigeria may experience the Brexit experience, unless youths in the country are given political education to make them understand the issue of restructuring.
It would be recalled that a cross-section of Nigerians had been clamouring for the
restructuring of the Nigerian federation as basis for national cohesion, progress and peaceful co-existence.
Fashola, who was speaking at the 76th anniversary of the Island Club in Lagos at the weekend, said Nigerian youths needed to be given the right political education to help them understand the issue of restructuring, to avert the Brexit experience.
Brexit refers to the decision by some people in Britain for the country to leave the European Union (EU), a choice that threw the country into confusion.
Fashola argued that the quest for better life had resulted in relentless agitations by some Nigerian groups pushing diverse ideologies in their demands for restructuring.
He said that Britain was currently grappling with the problem of whether to stay in the EU or not, because the youth segment of the population did not fully understand the implications of the referendum they participated in.
The minister stressed the need for adequate education of the younger segment of the Nigerian population to ensure that right choices were made in repositioning the nation’s diversity to avoid the Brexit experience.
Fashola, whose speech was on ‘Restructuring: Lessons from Brexit’, said he was speaking in his capacity as a member of the Island Club and not as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) or the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).