Afenifere, Atiku harp on restructuring Nigeria

Afenifere, Atiku harp on restructuring Nigeria

The Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere and the former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar have both reiterated the need for the restructuring of Nigerian, saying anything less will not enhance the country’s development.

Both spoke yesterday at the public discourse with the theme: “Moving Nigeria forward” organised by a group, Fast Forward Nigeria at Sheraton hotel, yestersay.

Speaking, Atiku was represented by Dr. Umar Garba Pella, said Nigeria can only move forward when it is restructured as there no state in Nigeria that can not stand on it own if the potential are properly harnessed.

He wonder why Nigerians take restructuring as a mystical word, saying restructuring is the only way to move Nigeria forward. “There is no state in Nigeria that can not stand on it own if it potentials are properly harnessed. We must look beyond oil, the earlier we do that the better.

He lamented the level of intimidation under the current administration saying, Nigerians had more freedom of speech under the military than now.

” Nigerians must speak out about restructuring, we need to engage each other, there is no longer time. Now Nigerians don’t talk, we had better opportunity to talk under the military regime than under this government.

“Restructuring has become a mystical words that people don’t want to discuss. I have discovered that restructuring is the only way that will move us forward,” he said
While the Spokesman, for Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said the problem of Nigeria is not corruption but the failure of subsequent government to run a productive society.

Odumakin said: “There is a narrative that may want to tell us that the major problem facing us is corruption, it is impossible to fight corruption with this current political setup.

“At the heart of Nigeria problem is because we fail to run a productive society, and secondly, poverty. There is no part of Nigeria there will not be affluence under restructuring.
“If the 68 items from the exclusive list is removed, every section of Nigeria will become productive, no body will have time to contest to the centre.

“It is clear today that to fast forward Nigerian, we can not sit on the current system, we must start having conversation on economy governance.
No country has developed on the basis of the current model of governance that we are running, we must remodel our governing system to create more space for everybody.

He however emphasised that a structured Nigeria can not strive under the current leadership structure adding that it does not also mean Nigeria division.

He said emphasised that corruption is a necessary bye product of the system that Nigeria run, saying a model where states wait for allocation from the federal can not work, and that the situation where land and population are using as the criteria for sharing allocation is wrong.

The convener, Mr Okuma Hembe, while giving his welcome address said there is deep animosity enshrined in Nigeria system because of lack of social security.

Commending the current government on it fight against corruption, he however warned that the fight against corruption can not be successful with the provision of social security safety net.

“We are not political group, we stand for mass mobilization of Nigerians especially the youth to actively participate in politics. It is only in Nigeria that you see leaders without a successive plan. So we want a cabinet minister will not be more than 30 – 50 years of age,” he said.

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