Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has said those who supposedly supervised the looting on Nigeria’s wealth should not talk about restructuring the country.
Falana said this on Wednesday at the Mike Okonkwo annual lecture in Lagos.
He faulted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recent stance on restructuring.
According to him, “The country has always been restructured by the ruling class and that the current structure was imposed by the fiat of military dictators.
“No doubt, the country is ripe for restructuring or power devolution but it cannot guarantee unity and political stability without the democratization of powers and equitable redistribution of the commonwealth along egalitarian lines.
“Restructuring without the equitable redistribution of the commonwealth will not promote unity or political stability.”
He added that “A leading PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has become one of the leading proponents of restructuring.
“But his support for restructuring has not addressed the crucial issue of the redistribution of the national wealth.
“After all, in his capacity as the nation’s vice-president and chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, Alhaji Abubakar presided over the restructuring of the nation’s economy through the liquidation of public assets and the privatization of the commanding height of the economy.
“The nation cannot be seriously restructured without equitable redistribution of wealth. Therefore, those who have cornered our commonwealth should not be allowed to talk of restructuring in vacuo.
“In other words, the campaign for restructuring should encompass the decentralization and democratization of political and economic powers which have been privatised by all factions of the ruling class.”