Nigeria does not need ministers for agriculture, health, Atiku says

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has restated his call for true federalism as a panacea to Nigeria’s problems.

While speaking at the Obafemi Awolowo University at a program organised by the Faculty of Law on Thursday, Mr. Abubakar said in a true federal system, the federal government would have little or no need for some ministers as their issues would be handled by the federating units.

“We have a government that gives power to the central government and leaves the federating units with nothing,” he said.‎

“The current structure can be called unitary federalism.”

The politician, who is rumoured to be interested in the 2019 presidential race, said the current Nigerian structure makes the country economically indolent and doesn’t serve the citizens well.

“The restructuring of our federalism is not really a threat on our unity,” he said.

“The federal government has no point having a ministry of agriculture and health; they ought to only have units that will monitor the ministries. But instead they go on to appoint ministers.”

“What is the federal government’s business with having a health minister and minister of agriculture?” he asked.

Mr. Abubakar also accused his former boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo of not heeding to one of his advice on power projects.

“I once advised the president not to invest in independent power projects but focus on captive power projects, but I was not listened to; the world is shifting from oil to other sectors and we are not doing that in Nigeria,” he said.

Commenting, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Anthony Elujoba, said Mr. Abubakar’s visit, though unexpected, was well appreciated by staff and students.


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  • kinsly

    These thieve will not respect himself and just hide somewhere. So Atiku even believes he can become a President in our present Nigeria? Criminal Politician now champion of Restructuring.

    • Broadway2

      That’s the new language now – restructuring. You will realize later that someone will get to power in 2019 with the promise of restructuring… As if we don’t have people anywhere apart from old politicians!

      • Ugo Anokwute

        Ugo) from Dblin:
        It is time to give Atku chance to give us leadership knowledge he has waited for long.

        • kinsly

          Give him leadership of your family first then I will listen to you,ok Bros?

  • thusspokez

    “The current structure can be called unitary federalism.”

    Unitary is the opposite of federalism. What does “unitary federalism” mean Mr. Atiku?

    Let’s try some similar combinations:
    1. Tall short man?
    2. Fat thin person?

    • Broadway2

      Wahala dey. They are using grammar anyhow. I don’t know what Atiku is saying ooo.

      • thusspokez

        The statement is crass, and Atiku is a joke. In other countries, the media would laugh at him and treat him like a fóól. Remember how even the much cleverer President Goerge Bush was treated by the western media?

    • Malik

      “Unitary Federalism” is an Oxymoron – a figure of speech whereby two opposite ideas are joined.

      • Suleiman Alatise

        I see, meaning he tried to create a sort of drama for the listeners/readers.

    • Quantumspirit666


  • thusspokez

    “The federal government has no point having a ministry of agriculture and health; they ought to only have units that will monitor the ministries>/u>…”

    Units to monitor ministries? What is he talking about? He is not making any sense to me.

    • Broadway2

      I don’t understand. Monitor ministries we shouldn’t have?

      • thusspokez

        The statement is crass, and the man is a joke. In other countries, the media would laugh at him and treat him like a fóól. Remember how even the much cleverer President Goerge Bush wasn treated by the western media.

      • Suleiman Alatise

        I understand it to mean units to monitor the state ministries, but I think it’s bull shit, and he should be very careful and run his mouth less.

    • Mufu Ola

      That man is just hopping around “campaigning”.Even the US have Department (Ministry) of Agriculture.

    • Quantumspirit666

      He is an arsehole. To think that this is the kind of idiots being allowed on uni campuses ?
      Sorry for Nigeria. Well, Nigeria doesnt need a vice president then, “units” can just “monitor” the presidency.

  • El Patron

    Atiku you can hobnob from one University or forum to the other talking about fiscal federalism but we have heard all that before. Almost every President has used that point to campaign but when they get there they abandon it. Anyway Atiku, you will never be President of Nigeria, dont even bother yourself

    • Omoba1

      Well said

  • AryLoyds

    Atiku For president , he has my vote 🙂

    • thusspokez

      In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

  • kayode Olufade

    Its easy to talk sense when not in government but once one gets to the helm of affairs of state, the brain becomes numbs to reason

    • thusspokez

      Its easy to talk sense when not in government

      Which part of his speech reported here makes sense to you?

    • Quantumspirit666

      “SENSE”? A country without ministers for Agriculture and Education,? Back to the stone age!!!!!

    • Fred Duke

      Once they get to power, the story changes. They would tell us that since we needed a change, that THE CHANGE MUST BEGIN WITH US. Whereas they’re the ones who promised change, and a good leader does not tell u what to do, he shows you. Nigeria is a country with leadership curse.

  • objective

    Someone should ask this man how he made all his money.

  • FineBoy

    Desperate to rule

  • Kevin Obike

    He should have just called it a kakistomoboplutocracy

    • thusspokez

      kakistomoboplutocracy The proper word is Kakistocracy.

      • Kevin Obike

        Haha, I’m fully aware. I’m using the ridiculous phrase coined by Patrick Obahiagbon… Thus, it was meant to be a joke

        • thusspokez

          OK, but like Atiku here, we mustn’t encourage idiócy. These Nigerian politicians don’t even know when they are embarrassing themselves and their country. They think that they sound intelligent and even grand.

          • Kevin Obike

            Well said. But wasn’t encouraging the idiocy, but highlighting it.

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Atiku, you are a better candidate compared to a Buhari, but you choose to queue behind a man who knows next to nothing about leadership. A man who has no education to be a democratic leader, a man who has no idea about democracy, economy, rule of law. A man who has a pathological hatred against some parts of his nation, a man who is unfit to offer true leadership to a complex multi ethnic, religious and tribal nation like Nigeria.
    A man who is medically weak and tired as an old man.
    You guys have conspired to bring Nigeria to a crushing pain and suffering because of hate.
    Now that your heart is pricking you for the evil you guys did against Nigerian nation and her citizens, may God forgive you and give you the grace to help Nigerians remove this plaque and excruciating pain come 2019.insha Allah, Nigerians shall triumph.

    • So oju abe niko

      He didn’t queue behind Buhari. He contested against Buhari in the APC presidential primary.

    • umar a a

      oninigeria or whatever you call yourself go back to history and know well who is atika before making such comments bcos you are so sentimental in your comments. mind you buhari was duly elected president of Nigeria whether you like it or not Allah has chosen him for 2019 is the same Almighty Allah choose us .We are still him buhari to continue the work he has started and fot Atiku we not prayer of his return bcos we now who he was for avoiding of doubt ask OBJ or governor El rufia

    • Zionist

      How did he queue behind Buhari. You lost all the points you made here.

      • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

        We had about 10 presidential candidates in 2015 presidential election, at who’s back did atiku stand?.please give me the answer.

  • un spkn

    Atiku, so all the money u made during ur time in power cant u mind ur school and seek out a quiet retirement? Why must u come back seeking political relevance to insert urself into d political stage? rest naaa!! do away with all dese old men abeg. We need old peoples’ home.

  • Senator D

    Never ever trust a POLITICIAN even your FATHER if he is one!

  • Zionist

    Atiku is saying the FACT, but not the TRUTH.

    • Nuorah

      Atiku is saying the Truth my Brother

  • SamPsalm

    Very brilliant!!!!!!

    Poor Atiku: the train has left your station. Even if you like, reinvent the wheel. Promise to remove the cloud and the oceans because we ‘don’t need them’ again since we already have Atiku the genius who knows better than the rest of the world and divinity: you won’t still get the Presidency.

    Just enjoy your loot

  • Obosi Warrior

    What did he smoke?

  • sirOscie

    Well said Atiku Abubakar.
    Restructuring is the way forward for Nigeria as a country.
    I urge all well meaning Nigerians to support the former Vice President’s call for RESTRUCTURING because it’s key to better and greater Nigeria.
    We can’t grow as a nation if we keep doing things the same way and expect a different result.
    God bless Nigeria.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Fixing Nigeria rightly will paved the way for political and economic prosperity.

  • Harry Haruna

    This submission , as far as I’m concerned is not Mr. Atiku ‘s idea, it is that of his men who are bent on marketing his candidature for their own self aggrandizement, unfortunately they are furnishing him with an irony. Otherwise how can he talk about unitary and federalism in the same context, worse still removing an important ministries as that of health and agricultural, from a country as ours, giant of Africa. It seems this is another stooge in the offing. They only write an article for him to come and present without knowing what exactly he is reading.

  • Zirem

    This is an EXPO for the government, it high time they key into the call for restructuring. We say we are a federal republic, lets do it right, so Nigeria works.

  • Olatubosun

    Atiku, go and sit down… You made no point…
    Nigeria needs minister of agriculture and health..

    This is not obasanjo regime this is buhari regime…
    With due respect sir….. Keep quiet

  • Olatubosun

    You and your obasanjo stole our money….

  • Olatubosun

    He be like say….. You don dey smoke igbo

  • Olatubosun

    Useless man….

  • Olatubosun

    Nigerians are wise now…
    You and obasanjo destroyed this country….
    Now you are saying rubbish..
    We won’t take that from you

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari administration is the best….

    Buhari administration is building infrastructure…….

    What talent do you have Mr Atiku?