A lot of people have recently been advocating for a restructured political system in Nigeria. They cite differing reasons which range from the abuse of the Federal government’s political power to the extreme cases of corruption that envelopes all tiers of government.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while at a public presentation of a book on late Samuel Ladoke Akintola, written by Femi Kehinde in Ibadan supported calls for restructuring in Nigeria. He explained to his listeners that it will be difficult for States to make any meaningful progress under the present system of government. The paramount Yoruba leader stated the interference of the Federal Government in state politics, inability for States to make autonomous decisions, insufficient monthly resource allocation for States and its attending feeding bottle mentality which have all resulted in the under utilization of Nigerian State’s human and natural resources, poor welfare of staff under State government’s payroll, unfair distribution of national wealth and biased modification of government systems over the past years.
Nigeria’s former military and democratic President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in a differing view rejected calls to restructure or dismember Nigeria. He stated that there was nothing wrong with the system but more was wrong with the mindset of Nigerians.
In light of the above statements from two prominent Nigerian state men. Will Nigeria be better off with a restructuring debate amongst Nigerians on the table? An agenda that should bring representatives of all the diversed people of Nigeria to discuss and or renegotiate their common destiny. Better still, hopefully, will Nigeria become more stable and prosperous when the existing national re-orientation policy geared towards social adjustment is embraced by both followers and leaders.
However, my opinion is that the discussion of national restructuring should be treated as another inestimable opportunity for a round table discussion of our core problems as a nation. The national government must pay attention and not shy away.