The Imbalanced Structure Of Nigeria
During an interview granted by Ezugwu to Felix Nwaneri in New Telegraph of Friday, June 3, 2016, Ezugwu said the obvious … “In restructuring Nigeria, we must go back to the report of the 2014 National Conference; but it’s unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government is not looking that way …”
We, in the Conscience Triumph, have said many times that the APC-led government is not blind to the fact that evidences abound that some priviledged few had lived large on the backs of the masses because of their extreme greed. It is encouraging to note that there are concerted efforts made in flushing corruption.
In addition to many of our problems, the structure of the country by the military to fit its command and control hierarchical structure still remains a major factor that has been pulling the country back and has also been the potential source of conflict.
Since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the ethnic nationalities had been crying that they had been disenfranchised and sidelined. They are undermined by internal colonialists and, so, Nigeria remains a crisis state, without value and ideology – plundered by irresponsible political class. The fear of domination continues to be widespread.
Ken Ugbechie wrote in Sunday SUN, June 5, 2016, that … “Nigeria may have won Independence in 1960, but that solitary event has also put them in further bondage, this time in the hands of their own people …” It is a fact that the Nigeria structure lacks the popular mandate and acceptability of the people of Nigeria.
In an article published in The Nation newspaper of Friday, June 3, 2016, Mike Odiegwu from Yenagoa, wrote: “Boro represented a strong evidence to support the argument that it takes only men of extraordinary courage, boldness, and exceptional determination to embark on a revolution to liberate a people from oppression, enslavement and exploitation without recourse to consequences that could befall them and their families.”
We, in the Conscience Triumph, have been agitating for the restructuring of Nigeria to making ethnic nationalities as the Federating Units so as to enable them have their own laws and constitution subject to the constitution of the Central Government. We, therefore, wholeheartedly support the call by the former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, and many well-meaning Nigerians, both advocating for the restructuring of Nigeria.
The present APC government is fighting Boko Haram, the growing agitation for Biafra, the resurgence of militarization of the Niger Delta and consistent bombings of oil infrastructures is a threat to the economy. It is myopic not to see that a centralized all-powerful centre in an entity as diverse as Nigeria is asking at all costs for more tension in the polity.
We believe that no amount of amendments of the 1999 Constitution will solve the problem of this country. President Buhari will have his name written in gold in the history of Nigeria if he can carry out the physical restructuring of the country and introduce Fiscal Federalism.