What is restructuring and how can it help to hold Nigeria together and make it more prosperous? I am not sure we all understand what people mean by restructuring of Nigeria. Even professor Obaje has just wondered what people are really considering when they mentioning this subject. I have heard people speak on this in connection with going back to the old three or maybe four regions. Some are asking to consider the new six geopolitical zones are federating units. I believe in all this, the argument is that some states of Nigeria are too fragile to survive as they may not be able to handle very severe economic turmoil or downturn. There are people who are also believing that some sections of the country are politically and economically marginalized. Which ever way, we need to begin to listen to these voices before they lead to tremors or even quakes which can be calamitous. The reason Nigerians want national unity in the first place is to benefit from it. Nobody would hurry to have a relationship with another if it does not bring sustainable benefits. I will have a relationship with you, I must trust you to cover my back at all times. All things considered, all relationships to survive must be mutually beneficial, otherwise sooner or later someone will decide to opt out. This is no joke folks. We can't handle it as we often do in Nigeria and just say it is not our portion. It will surely be our portion if we don't ensure a level playing field for all. I believe that every Nigerian wants a nation with a spacious sky of unity and faith, peace and progress. This is the national motto and this is what people want. Our leaders must listen to the national anthem they play all the time and aim to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign. Checking carefully, I don't think we need to make a fundamental changes the Federal structure that exists. Just make it work. How? The National Assembly has great powers and they can lead us to ensure that state and local governments get more resources. The federal government is too fat and needs to slim down to be able to lead competently. If the local governments get much capacity building from governments we will be amazed what they can do. Let us not waste time and resources. Let us remove corruption and ensure honest voting. You won't need to talk of much restructuring after that. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that is my view.
Posted: May 30th, 2017 @ 03:04:11 AM