Mr. Abubakar observed that the current federal structure arrogates too much functions and resources to the government at the centre.
The Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday urged delegates at the ongoing National Conference to give special attention to the restructuring of the nation’s federal system.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by his Media Officer, Garba Shehu.
“The need to rework the current federal arrangement in the country should be a major focus of delegates at the ongoing national conference,” he said.
Mr. Abubakar said that the current federal structure arrogates too much functions and resources to the government at the centre, thus killing the spirit of innovation and enterprise among the people.
He expressed optimism that the envisaged robust federal system would reduce the tensions that are built into the nation’s current over-centralised system.
The APC chieftain noted that the current federal structure in the country, which he termed “unitary federalism” was a creation by and for the military governments of the past.
“As more power was concentrated in the centre, the federal government appropriated more resources and expanded its responsibilities.
” All of these were done in the name of promoting national unity and the process was relatively easy as the unified command structure of the military ensured little opposition.
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