Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade, has charged the National Assembly to live up to its responsibility.
The governor made the call at the opening of Southern Senators Forum on Friday in Calabar, with “National Unity and Restructuring’’ as theme.
He said the National Assembly could make or mar Nigeria and Africa in the legislation it made to guide the nation.
“The way Africa is driven is a function of our leadership and governmental structure which is what we are to discuss today – restructuring.
“Therefore, you are in position in history to make or mar Africa because Africa is looked through the windows of Nigeria.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank President Muhammadu Buhari who came to carry out the ground-breaking of the construction of the deepest sea port in Africa.
“In all of these great expectations, none of the efforts will work if the subject matter of restructuring becomes a thing that can cause catastrophe in the country.
“Therefore, consistent with the philosophy and policies of the president, Nigeria’s oneness is non-negotiable.
“Africans look up to Nigeria and Nigeria looks up to the leaders, the National Assembly. You have responsibility in history.
“The society had unfortunately over time taken over the responsibility and that is why I am happy that we are here today discussing restructuring,’’ he said.
Ayade stressed that as elected leaders, the National Assembly had the task of ensuring that the nation remained cohesive.