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Why Nigeria Needs Urgent Restructuring – NNSG

Posted: Oct 27, 2015 at 5:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

The Nigerian National Summit Group (NNSG) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently put a halt to the current drift of Nigeria towards anarchy, economic distress and disunity by immediately setting in motion steps to implement fundamental resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.

The group, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Tony Uranta said that the recommendations made at the conference “were adopted consensually by all delegates, of their free volition”.

According to the group “Nigeria could still suffer the 2015 Bogey if we refuse to begin restructuring now”.

“In recent times, very important voices from the north have come out loudly in support of restructuring.
In an article titled: ‘The State Of The Nigerian Nation’, by Alhaji Ahmed Joda, like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar at the recent Leadership Governor of the Year award ceremony, lent a ringing support to the drive towards true federalism”.

” According to Joda  ‘Our country has passed through difficult times, including a civil war and has survived. We must, however, not ascribe the fact of our survival to anything like military might; rather it was because ordinary Nigerians overwhelmingly desire to live together in one united country but under some acceptable arrangement”.

” It is clear from all we are passing through that there is a sufficient body of opinion around the country that the present arrangement is not adequate and needs to be discussed further”.

“In his own remarks on September 18, 2012, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, not only called for true federalism, he regretted not supporting former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme’s earlier call for the creation of six semi-autonomous regions affirming that Dr Ekwueme obviously saw what some of them did not at the time”.

” There is, he said, too much concentration of power and resources at the centre which is stifling Nigeria’s march to greatness and threatening its unity because of the abuses, inefficiencies, corruption and reactive tensions over-centralisation generates.”

“As now obvious, from the above, this is not a call by just a few “disgruntled” sections of Nigeria. The Southwest, North-Central (Middle-Belt!), South-East and South-South have been spearheading this campaign for true holistic Change via Restructuring for decades”.

“Now that Arewa Chieftains like Joda and Atiku have admitted to the urgent need to embark on this pressing national exercise, President Buhari must recognise that the North-West and North-East strongly desire Restructuring also, so Mr. President cannot but, immediately, step up to the plate and fulfill his Oath of Office to serve Nigerians by guaranteeing our Welfare to the very best of his ability and opportunities”.

“We must not think that Somalia, Yugoslavia or Syria are mirages. If Nigerians do not calculatedly put an end to this natiional drift towards madness, we will have ourselves to blame. What a tragedy it would be if Nigeria’s failure were to happen on Buhari’s watch. We pray not. May God lead Mr. President aright. Viva Nigeria” the statement said.