“I Urge Buhari Govt To Restructure Nigeria” – Adewale Martins
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins has said that proper restructuring of the country remains number one sure means of ensuring sustainable peace and development in Nigeria.
He said this while speaking in Lagos on Tuesday as he marked the 35th anniversary of his priestly ordination. The cleric wondered why the country’s leadership, both the executive and legislature, distaste the concept of restructuring.
He said: “I wonder why anyone should be afraid of restructuring, especially since what it means in practical terms is devolution of power to the states in areas that are critical to the development of the country as a whole.
“After all, the country is nothing but the sum total of its constituent parts, and the growth of each constituent part sum up to the growth of the country.
“That is the concept of true federalism that we are supposed to be practising.
“The system of governance, allocation of human and natural resources, as presently practised, concentrates too much power at the centre, and is not suitable for a country as richly blessed and as diverse as Nigeria.
“It leaves many of the States unable to harness their human and natural resources to maximum benefit.
“I have said it severally, and will continue to affirm that the present structure that we practise as a nation is counter-productive and unable to guarantee the development that we desire.
“Many of the states are far from solvent; workers’ salaries are not being paid on time; there are no viable industries to create employment or opportunities for small and medium scale industries to thrive in many of these states.