Give youths a chance if not Nigeria’ll collapse

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Nigeria was founded on the hope of giving the young people in the country hope and future where the youths can be proud of to call their father land.

The recent agitation from the different major ethnic groups in the country has thrown the country into rethinking of what has really gone wrong with the foundation of the marriage and birth of the geographical entity known and addressed as Nigeria.

Politicians in the country has adopted bad leadership style of bribery, looting, corruption, hate speeches, callous statement against fellow leaders with different political ideology and they the selfish politician serve their selfish interest rather than putting the interest of the state first.

The youths in the country has been so battered by disastrous economy policy, hunger in the land, unemployment rate is at the high increase on daily basis, upon that basis youths are pleading for their own leaders to be sincere to them and practice transparency and good governance.

People are calling for restructuring of the entity called and known as Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body in charge of conducting and registration of political parties in the country recent registered not less than 10 political parties and among the glistered political parties some have lent support to the calls for restructuring in the country, describing it as necessary for Nigeria to survive.

Some of the political parties described that restructuring the entity called Nigeria would present the Nigerians and Nigeria the opportunity to quickly address the politicians shenanigans, societal menace, bribery and corruption in the public sector, insincerity among ethnic and political leaders in the country and various regional and sectional agitations, which they described as capable of crashing, destabilizing and collapsing the entity known and addressed as the Nigeria nation.

The sitting federal government of Nigeria under the led administration of the President Mohammed Buhari has received several ethnic agitation for secession, threat against another group to vacate one’s region, and eminent politicians, ethnic group calling for restructuring of the Nation.

This call they believe is democratic and practicable to restructure the country in line with the federal system of government being practised in other climes.

The federal government under the watch of the ruling political party called the APC manifesto promises the teeming youths and Nigerians that they will pilot the“initiate action to amend our constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local governments in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit,” the party is said to have failed to do so since it came to power in 2015.

National Chairman, Action Alliance, Kenneth Udeze, likened the APC’s refusal to restructure the country to perjury and described it as a“disappointment” and a “betrayal”.

Udeze, who called for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report, said, “The disintegration that some people have prophesied about this country may come to pass if we don’t restructure.

“If we don’t restructure, this country may not be the same in the next 10 years, and that is the gospel truth. It may not even last up to 10 years. With restructuring, the agitations of the people will be accommodated and we will be better for it.

“But if not, we are heading for doom and it may even be before the 2019 elections. The only way to douse the tension in the country is to restructure and that is where the acting president (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) needs to work and stand his ground. A lot of leaders of thoughts have been calling for this and some of us strongly believe that Nigeria will be more united when we restructure.”

Also, National Chairman, Green Party of Nigeria, formerly called Citizens Popular Party, Chief Sam Eke, who described Nigeria as standing on a shaky foundation, said a nation standing on a shaky foundation would never move forward.

Eke, who is also the Secretary General of the Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria, said restructuring would silence the different groups that are agitating and calling for secession in the country.

He said, “Calls for secession are borne out of the fact that a lot of people are not comfortable and things are not working. Restructuring is to practise federal system of government the way it should be practised. If you copy something, you copy very well.

“We should have state police and states should be allowed to control their resources. By so doing, the concentration on the Federal Government will be lesser and there will be healthy competition among the states. We need to empower the states and the local governments should not operate joint accounts with the state governments; it is a monumental fraud that must be stopped.

“The constitution that was bestowed on us by the military government cannot be allowed to continue. And any government that refuses to look into the recommendations of the 2014 confab does not mean well for this country.”

Publicity Secretary of Accord party in Oyo State, where the party is strongest, Akeem Olatunji, said the party was in support of restructuring as it “actively participated in the 2014 confab, where restructuring was extensively discussed and adopted, only for this government to refuse to implement it.”

“There are agitations going on simultaneously all over the country and without restructuring, Nigeria can never know peace,” he added.

The presidential candidate for KOWA Party in the 2015 general elections, Prof. Remi Sonaiya, who identified restructuring as a key programme of the party, said the country could not afford to continue with a system that is not working.

She said, “Certainly, we cannot continue like this. In our party, one of the key points that we focus on is the need to have true federalism because what we are practising is not a federal system of government, yet, we call ourselves the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Since the military forcibly centralised the government, successive civilian administrations have continued with that system that was imposed on us. It is not a good system and we have seen that it is not working. With a true federal system, each region will determine their priorities and work in line with the priorities.

“Government has been saying the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable but nobody is saying that Nigeria should break up, I’m not saying that. When we ran a true federal system with regions then, we were one country. Let us do the right thing. What is preventing us from doing the right thing?”

National Secretary, Alliance for Democracy, Akin Fasogbon, who recalled that in the First Republic, Nigeria worked better with the regional system of government, said “restructuring is better for us.”

While noting that there will be chaos without restructuring, Fasogbon said, “The country’s federal system of government is lopsided because the power at the centre is too much, which is why people are saying they feel cheated. That is what can give us good government. Without it, some people will wake up one morning and ask that all the Igbo should leave their region. The Igbo will continue to say they want Biafra, Yoruba will want Oduduwa, and so on.”

According to the National Chairman, All Democratic Peoples Movement, Okey Chikwendu, without restructuring, “agitations will keep growing and develop into something uncontrollable.”

“We strongly believe in restructuring. So our desire is to build a nation that has true federalism, which clearly stands for restructuring,” he added.

National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdullahi Isa Abdulmalik, said, “Nigeria should to go to the drawing board to look at where she went wrong and where she missed it.”

“For instance, our party is of the view that there is a need for state policing,” he noted.

In the same vein, National Chairman, National Conscience Party, Alhaji Yunusa Tanko, identified restructuring as capable of bringing “equity and justice to all.”

He said, “We don’t believe in taking care of some areas and making other areas feel uncomfortable. We believe in a structure that will make the system work and check the neglect that is causing all these agitations. The system is non-functional and not delivering to the people; we should consider everything that will give comfort to the society.”

The National Secretary, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Agbo Major, warned that “there is an extent to which you can kill these agitations; at the time it is right, you won’t be able to control it anymore which is part of what we are seeing now.”

Major, who noted that calls for restructuring should not be broad but be specific, however, added that “as a party, we think the government should listen to all the groups that are agitating because they have their legitimate reasons for doing so.”

National Chairman, New Generation Party, Dr. Yakubu Shendam, who was a delegate to the 2014 confab, described restructuring the country as key.

Dr. Yakubu Shendam was however sceptical about the motive of many calling for restructuring, whom he described as “political jobbers using it as a tool to gain power in 2019.

Some have also critic whether restructuring is the lasting solution to the nation’s problem or the attitudes and orientation towards transparency, accountability and good governance is more important or total restructuring?

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