Claim: A viral WhatsApp post entitled “Below is the purported kite being flown by the Federal Government – Nigerian Economic Restructuring Bill 2021” outlines that Nigeria will be made up of 42 states with seven per each of her constituent geo-political zone.
Checks and confirmation by Dubawa showed there is no such ‘bill’ from the Federal Government as widely circulated. It was only a ‘proposal’ from an author, Ayo Akinfe in one of his columns.
A viral WhatsApp post which has been forwarded/shared many times as indicated by the instant messaging application, entitled “Below is the purported kite being flown by the Federal Government – Nigerian Economic Restructuring Bill 2021”, claims that Nigeria will be made up of 42 states with seven per each of her constituent geo-political zone.
The post which bears the author as ‘Ayo Akinfe’ on his website, said:  Nigeria will be made up of 42 states, with seven per each of her constituent geo-political zone. These shall be:
South-south Bayelsa State – Yenagoa  Western Ijaw State – Patani  Rivers State – Port Harcourt  Cross River State – Calabar  Akwa Ibom State – Uyo  Edo State – Benin  Delta State – Warri
Northeast Mambilla State – Gashaka  Taraba State – Jalingo  Adamawa State – Yola  Borno State – Maiduguri  Yobe State – Damaturu  Bauchi State – Bauchi  Gombe State – Gombe
Southeast Anioma State – Asaba  Orashi State – Omoku  Anambra State – Awka  Imo State – Owerri  Enugu State – Enugu  Abia State – Umuahia  Ebonyi State – Abakaliki
North-Central Abuja State – Abuja  Gurara State – Kafanchan  Benue State – Makurdi  Plateau State – Jos  Nasarawa State – Lafia  Kogi State – Lokoja  Niger State – Minna
Southwest Kwara State – Ilorin  Oyo State – Ibadan  Ogun State – Abeokuta  Lagos State – Ikeja  Ondo – Akure  Ekiti – Ado-Ekiti  Osun – Oshogbo
Northwest Sokoto State – Sokoto  Kebbi State – Birnin Kebbi  Kaduna State – Kaduna  Katsina State – Katsina  Kano State – Kano  Jigawa State – Dutse  Zamfara State – Gusua
The post which has also been shared on other social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, has generated mixed reactions. Many have debated and deliberated over the post but yet there is nothing as such.
According to afrobarometer.org, Nigeria is a federation of 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory. Each of the 36 states is a semi-autonomous political unit that shares powers with the Federal Government as enumerated under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
From 1960 to 1966, Nigeria operated on the basis of Northern region, Western region, Eastern region, and the Mid-Western region.
The creation of states began in 1967 with General Yakubu Gowon coming to power via a coup d’état. He dissolved the regions and created twelve states out of them.
In verifying the authenticity of the post, our correspondent searched through the internet to find a traceable background link to the post, but no credible media outlet has reported any news about the purported bill.
A twitter account owned by Ayo Akinfe (@AyoAkinfe), where the story was shared after it was posted on its website, created more clarification about the post.
While responding to enquiries from our correspondent via his Twitter Direct message, on the purported bill which bears his name, he said, it was “Just a proposal from me.”
“I intend to publish a collection of all my thoughts in a book,” he added.
Akinfe who authored the piece said he writes 10-point columns every day on his website.
However, the London-based journalist said “Ignore all those wayo people attributing it to the government.”
Dubawa also reached out to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. In Garba’s reaction, he described the report as ‘unknown’ and asked that the presidency be left out of it since it was not a draft bill from the presidency.
The trending piece which has been attributed to the federal government is FALSE.
The author, Ayo Akinfe, clarified to Dubawa that he wrote the piece as a proposal in his column; hence, the ‘Nigerian Economic Restructuring Bill 2021’ is not a purported kite being flown by the Federal Government as widely circulated on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.