Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Only restructuring can save Nigeria, Ekweremadu declares

– Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate
president, spoke at the second
annual conference of the Young
Parliamentary Forum (YPF) in
– Many Nigerians have been
speaking out concerning the
presidency’s stand on issues
relating to the restructuring of
– Ekweremadu joined those
supporting the restructuring of
the country maintaining that this
is the major solution to the many
challenges it Nigeria is facing
Deputy Senate president, Ike
Ekweremadu, has declared that
Nigeria must undergo restructuring
as this is the best way to resolve
all its challenges.

Buhari and Osinbajo maintain that
restructuring as needed by
Nigerians is not the solution to the
country’s problems
With this, Ekweremadu may have
discredited the stand of the
Muhammadu Buhari administration
which believes that restructuring is
a no-go area.
In what shocked many of his
supporters days ago, Osunbajo had
declared that restructuring is not
the solution to the crises facing
the country but that what the
Nigeria needs is good governance.
Osinbajo’s comment came at the
same time President Muhammadu
Buhari declared that the country’s
unity is untouchable.
Buhari and Osinbajo had faced wide
condemnation over their stand on
true federalism and restructuring
since then.

The pan Yoruba socio-political
organisation, Afenifere, and its rival
Aferifere Renewal Group (ARG)
differed with the stance of
Osinbajo, that the call for the
restructuring of Nigeria would not
make any difference.
Punch reports that, while speaking
at the second annual conference of
the Young Parliamentary Forum
(YPF) in Abuja, Ekweremadu
maintained that the country must
stop its current practice of
feeding states and instead adopt
true federalism.
“I disagree with those who say that
Nigeria does not necessarily need
restructuring, but good governance
that will eliminate corruption.
“The truth is that it is difficult to tame
corruption where the federating units
virtually run on free federal
allocations that some people see as
national cake, not their own sweat.
“Conversely, the people will be more
vigilant and ready to hold their
leaders accountable when the
federating units begin to live largely
on internally generated revenues and
their sweat.
“However, restructuring should be on
incremental basis to ease the
country into a more prosperous
future,” he said as he urged the
youth to play active roles in
political affairs.
“We need to reinvigorate the youth
arm of our political parties as in the
days of the first republic and pre-
independence era when vibrant youth
movements and arms of the political
parties thrived and served as
platforms for political apprenticeship
for aspiring political leader
“Unfortunately, there is little we can
do about meaningful youth economic
inclusion and employment until we
restructure our behemoth
“I still hold the view that this feeding
bottle federalism, this act of robbing
Peter to pay Paul, which we have
gradually enthroned as state policy
since the fall of the First Republic,
remains cause of our economic
quandary,” he added.