How the Olofa won his shoes

Sir: Chief Obafemi Awolowo lived to witness the fulfilment of his desire for the creation of new regions – or, as some might view it, the balkanisation of the Northern Region.

He was undoubtedly satisfied with General Gowon’s 1967 efforts; there is no public record that he made input into Murtala Muhammed’s 1976 state-creation exercise which came after a nation-wide fact-finding tour.

Since then the swing of the pendulum has seen a part of the country clamouring for a return to regionalism, labelling it “restructuring.”


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