Let’s Restructure Instead Of Secession – Bola Tinubu
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has endorsed the call to restructure the country. Tinubu made his position known while delivering a speech at the Kings College reunion dinner in Lagos on Saturday.
Tinubu noted that while Nigeria presently have 36 states, the country is still being haunted by the vestige of its military past which reflects in the manner it functions as a unitary state.
“We cannot become a better Nigeria with an undue concentration of power at the federal level. Competition for federal office will be too intense, akin to a winner-take-all duel,” Tinubu said.
The APC leader upon analysing the challenges arising from the undue concentration of power at the centre noted that Nigeria needed to be restructured to ensure balance.
The argument for restructuring has become more popular in recent months, dominating political discourse and may be a major issue as electoral campaigns for the 2019 general elections set in.
Recently, APC set up a committee on restructuring which is led by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to articulate the party’s position on the restructuring and true federalism debate.
Before now, APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun stressed that the party had promised true federalism and not restructuring while campaigning for the 2015 presidential election. The party’s national leader, Tinubu however appears to have chosen a different path in his speech on Saturday.
“It would be better to restructure things to attain the correct balance between our collective purpose on (the) one hand and our separate grass-roots realities on the other. We must listen to what is being said so that we can determine what is really meant,” he said.
Tinubu, however, noted that there were opportunists on the path to achieving balance in the polity.
He said, “Let us be frank. Many who cry separation do so because their personal ambitions will be better served by such a thing. They believe they will have greater chance at political power under a different arrangement. Yet the cry for separation has gained traction among average people. This is due to the chronic failure of government to meet basic aspirations.
“If over the years, government had delivered on the promise of growth, prosperity, and justice, those calling for such extreme remedies would be but a small fringe of little consequence,” he said.