Politicians, activists disagree with Buhari on restructuring

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Some politicians and activists have disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari on the question of restructuring he dismissed in his new year broadcast.

Mr. Buhari had during a nationwide broadcast, said that his view about agitations for restructuring was that Nigeria’s problems were more to do with process than the structure.

The politicians and activists expressed disagreement with the president in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.

Martin Onovo, a former presidential candidate of National Conscience Party, said Nigeria’s problems were not mainly about processes.

“Nigeria’s problems are multifaceted including leadership, corruption and skewed structure. It is wrong to claim that the problems border mainly on processes,’’ he said.

Mr. Onovo, however, urged the president to fulfill his campaign promises to Nigerians.

Joe Okei-Odumakin, the president of Women Arise for Change Initiative, said that there could never be a good process without a proper structure.

“It is difficult to have a good process without a proper structure. It is a case of a software and hardware.

“You put software in hardware. Nigeria must first get its structure right and a good process shall be added unto it,’’ Okei-Odumakin.

Ehiz Omokhuale, the Lagos State Chairman of Civil Liberty Organisation, said processes should be means to the main objective of restructuring.

“Any system needs a process, the process is not the destination as the president believes, he is postponing our evil day if he does not embrace restructuring.

“The present system is over concentrating at the centre; it is a wasteful system for instance, the National Assembly and states. Our state governors are the richest set of humans on earth.

“That is why most governors gravitate to the National Assembly after their tenure to combine the buffet,’’ Omokhuale said.

Musa Umar, a Chieftain in the Kano Chapter of All Progressives Congress, urged Nigerians to understand the concept of restructuring.

“The concept of restructuring is not well understood by Nigerians; it means different things to varied opinions, ranging from power devolution, resource control, federal character and zoning of the presidency and so on.

“Whatever aspect of the Nigerian way of life we decide to restructure, it will come to naught if the processes are not right.

“However, being a democratic nation, if it is the wish of the majority to restructure, then let it be, we cannot run away from it forever.

“My fear is if we don’t have an attitudinal change and we can not get the processes right, restructuring may fail, then what?, ” Mr. Umar said. (NAN)


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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Those who fear progressive ideas are lazy upstairs and it is just unfortunate that Buhari happens to be in this group of retrogressive parasites whose ambition remains to sustain a status-quo of dysfunction, injustice and lopsidedness which is guaranteed to continue breeding rebellion .

    Nigeria has been on a life support of blood-letting to preserve its inorganic fake unity. Rebellions and government killings cannot be a function of any progressive society or functional democracy

    THE SOONER NIGERIANS IGNORE THE LIKES OF BUHARI AND THE OTHER COUP PLOTTING EX GENERALS WHO DESTROYED THE COUNTRY AND PLANTED LAND MINES OF TRIBALISM NEPOTISM ,TERRORISM ,CORRUPTION AND SERIAL REBELLION IN THE FRAUDULENT CONSTITUTION, THE SOONER WE CAN ALL ENJOY THE PROGRESSIVE ATTRIBUTES OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.

  • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

    I see political revolution in Nigeria come 2019 but I don’t know how it will start. No individual has right to decide how the entire Nigeria shall be governed. We are not in military rule. God will disappoint so many people come 2019. Nigeria is in the hand of God Almighty and not in the hand of few cabals.