Restructuring is inevitable if Nigeria must move forward, says former Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd).
Akinrinade said this on Monday in Bayelsa during a lecture, titled, ‘Restructuring and the Dawn of a new Nigeria.’
The lecture was part of the activities marking the sixth anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari should muster courage and remove some things from the Federal Government’s exclusive list.
He said that, “Restructuring is unavoidable and inevitable for Nigeria. It is not a done deal yet; neither are the procedures and modus operandi cast in marble.
“But with the All Progressives Congress committee on the subject turning in one of many of the cardinal imperatives of restructuring report with a bold approval and the Peoples Democratic Party buying substantially into the project through its legislative caucus, a new vista of bi-partisan cooperation has been opened.
“If we cast our mind to the recent battle for restructuring in Nigeria, we see all the rich ironies of history in slow motion.”
He continued that, “Four years ago as the battle for the restructuring of the nation raged unabated, then President Goodluck Jonathan convoked a National Political Conference with the express mandate to look at the grave political issues facing Nigeria and come up with an acceptable solution.
“Given the urgency of the situation, one would have thought that the convener would have acted with express resolve once the conference turned in its report.
“But for reasons best known to him, Jonathan delayed and prevaricated until he was defeated in a landmark presidential election, which for the first time in the history of the nation had the opposition winning by a landslide.”