Restructuring: Where Buhari’s Aide Got It Wrong
Nigeria News take a look at the restructuring in the eyes of Buhar’s aide
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina’s epistle on restructuring has received serious criticism in the last few days.
He had called on Nigerians to drop the idea of restructuring the federal structure being clamoured for in some quarters but find a way to restructure their minds instead.
To Adesina, what Nigeria needs now is not the reconfiguration of the political entity of the country but a new way of thinking and doing things by Nigerians, which of course is the only antidote to the current agitations by some ethnic nationalities.
Last weekend, thousands of Yoruba leaders and elders, youths and professional bodies gathered at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan in a summit where they later released a communique.
Signed by the Chairman of the summit, a renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Afe Babalola, the Yoruba agreed at the summit that the only thing that could stop Nigeria from disintegration was restructuring.
The group wanted the country to go back to regionalism and posited that states should be allowed to control its resources. The group observed that the state governments in the current federal structure have over depended on the Central Government and for the country to move forward, this idea must stop.
To them, there is need for true federalism in which some of the laws in the exclusive legislative list in the constitution are amended to weaken the central and strengthen the state and local governments.
In other words, the Yoruba ethnic group believes that the present structure is lopsided, crooked and has entrenched inefficiency and unproductivity among many state governments.
However in his sermon, Adesina said that until Nigerians restructure their minds and do not politicize issues, there cannot be a better structure to develop the country.
He gave a very good example of some Nigerians who did not want the present government to succeed just because they did not like President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated that despite the news that the country had exited recession, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS many Nigerians are still very angry.
To him, some Nigerians are angry just because they are not members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and they do not want this government to succeed.
To him, there are some Nigerians who want their president dead because Mr. Buhari has not given them the opportunity to loot the public funds. These are the set of people that will need to restructure their minds instead of calling for polity restructure.
But the question is, who cares whether the president is handsome or ugly if Nigerians can provide food on the tables for their families?
Will Nigerians call for restructuring if the oil refineries are working well?
Will Nigerians seek new system of government if the education and health sectors are doing well?
Will Nigerians call for restructuring if there is adequate infrastructure to do business?
Will Nigerians call for restructuring if the police are well equipped to curb militancy, insurgency, kidnapping, cultism, herdsmen attack and rituals?
In 2003 while he was still the Vice President, Atiku Abubakar proposed to President Olusegun Obasanjo about the need to restructure the Federal structure but the idea was jettisoned.
Atiku is one of the loudest voices behind restructuring, which of course has become the song among the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic nationalities recently.
Atiku had been able to sell the ideas across the country and it appears that his postulation is winning, judging by the number of prominent Nigerians that have bought into it.
Aside Afenifer and Ohanaeze Ndigbo social-political groups, there are individuals like the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who have lent their voices in support of the restructuring.
Soyinka on Monday spoke against Adesina’s idea of mind restructure, urging the president’s aide not to replace the call for the restructuring of Federal structure with the idea of mind restructure. Both are different things.