Your statement on restructuring cannot stand the test of time, Seriake Dickson berates Buhari
President Buhari had in a meeting with Niger Delta elders at the presidential villa in Abuja some weeks back disclosed that those asking for restructuring had secret agenda and their demands cannot be accommodated in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“You mentioned something, which is topical these days; the restructuring of Nigeria. Every group asking for restructuring has got its own agenda and I hope it can be accommodated by the constitution,” Buhari had noted.
But Seriake Dickson while delivering a lecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, on Thursday entitled ‘Restructuring and the search for a productive Nigeria’ maintained that Buhari was not only wrong but his stand on restructuring will not stand the test of time.
According to a statement made available to newsmen by his media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, Dickson noted that Buhari’s statement was a threat to continued stability, prosperity and development of Nigeria.
“When everybody in this country is talking about the need to restructure this country, our President, Muhammadu Buhari, made a statement that is not only wrong, but it is also faulty that cannot stand the test of time,” he stated.
“That statement is a threat to the continued stability and prosperity and development of our country, when he dismissed outright, the notion of restructuring. And he didn’t stop there, he went ahead to say that those who are in support of restructuring are doing so for parochial agenda. Mr. President, you are wrong.
“In fact the reverse is the case. The majority of Nigerians from the north, south, east, west and middle belt, who are making a case for restructuring are indeed the patriots of Nigeria. We want a Nigeria that works with equal citizenship. A Nigeria for the many as well as for the few; a Nigeria that we will be proud to call home any day, that we can proudly pledge allegiance to.
“The system is expensive, we can’t have a productive Nigeria with the way it is structured. The government has abandoned its core responsibilities of defence and security. The constitutional issue can’t deliver a safe Nigeria,
“There’s need to devolve policing powers to the people. But I’m not saying states should have police. Our system of settling disputes is faulty.
“Why should a land dispute in communities be dragged to the supreme court? I know many things about access to justice. Instead of justice getting stronger, you see ‘Babalawos’ getting stronger. The distortion of our federal structure has destroyed Nigeria.” he added.