For some time now, Nigerians have been talking much about restructuring. All this talking is a process of deconstruction, that is dissecting and searching to see how the parts fit together. In the end, what seems clear, is that there are people who believe that some sections of the country are politically and economically marginalized. But let us look at something here. Is restructuring really the right word to use. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines restructuring as a process to change the basic organization or structure of something. Well, may that is why some people may be apprehensive. Suppose you are benefiting from the existing structure, why would you want to change it. The word restructuring as understood by some, does not suggest any good that is coming to them. Now how about reconstruction? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines reconstruction as the process of putting something such as a country back into a good condition. Wow! This sounds good to be me. So I might be able to persuade the groups or persons that are wary of restructuring not to fear reconstruction because it is going to make things even better for him and for everyone. So what and why are we reconstructing? Well, it seems plausible to me that three damaging things may have happened from the time of independence. One is this. Our colonial masters, the British may not have properly under stood what they constructed into an independent country in 1960. Two is this. The military, with all due respect may have found out after seizing power that they may not have been the best we had at repairing any defects we may have observed and experienced after independence. Yes, they may have stopped a hemorrhage, but they obviously didn't have the skills to continue treatment for as long as they did. So more immediate and long term damage may have been additionally done during the very long period of military rule. Third is this. The general effects of the Biafra civil war may not have been properly sorted out. So, given these three potential sources of damage, we probably need reconstruction. We now have a better understanding of who we are as a people and what remedies are available for a more united Nigeria. We need reconstruction not restructuring. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that is my view.
Posted: Sep 27th, 2017 @ 05:51:42 AM