The incessant calls for restructuring in the land have been a hot topic of late so much so that they remind us of the plague that afflicted the people of Egypt, according to the Holy Book, when they prevented the Israelites from leaving their land. However, the current situation in our country is discrete as virtually all sections of the country are clamouring for Nigeria’s political restructuring.
Those who are supposed to have a deep understanding of restructuring feign ignorance; some have a misunderstanding of the concept of restructuring and true federalism. While others who hungered for equity now come to equity with soiled hands, clamouring for restructuring for their personal pecuniary benefits.
Restructuring is much more than secession and disintegration of a polity. But you might say, certain sections of the country are more marginalised than the others. Yes, even within the states in Nigeria, certain areas keep enjoying juicy frames leaving the minor tribes with dry bones. What do you expect other tribes to do? That simply calls for holistic restructuring.
The quick fixes of restructuring, canvassed in some quarters, should be jettisoned as they amount, at best, to passing the buck to our children’s children. What is restructuring without mending fences? What is reforming without political management of diversity and conflicts? What is reformation without redistribution of natural resources?
But looking critically at the plague of restructuring in the land, I can say that the past years of misgovernance and corruption that have eaten deep into the fabric of the society were responsible for Nigeria’s present precarious position. The efforts of restructuring have been derailed repeatedly in the past; it is therefore the responsibility of this current administration to work on all the outcomes of the various confabs and act on them.
The Buhari government has vowed to halt corruption, epileptic power supply, insecurity concerns like the Boko Haram insurgency and the murderous Fulani herdsmen, among others. If the plague of restructuring is tamed, all these anomalies will vanish.
I say here that nations that have come out of this present imbroglio we found ourselves did so through competent and patriotic leadership devoid of ‘true federalism’. I think what we need to do is a singular mission to weed ourselves of leaders who lack vision and are only interested in siphoning the nation’s wealth. That is the only way we can take the country to her dreamland.
Some of the constitution amendment bills made so far by our lawmakers are laudable but the first thing to have done should be the modification of the constitution through the insertion of the grey areas into the country’s legal system.
Until Nigerians begin to take their destiny into their hands, the plague will continue unabated.
Until we have a mental shift of change of attitude, there will always be clamour for restructuring.
Until we go back and look at our political democratic structures, agitations will continue.
Until Nigeria is restructured for peace, fairness, truth and justice, the plague of restructuring will persist.
It is hoped that government will be sensitive to the brewing trouble of restructuring and we can all see an end into the clamour for restructuring sooner than later. When that happens, we can all have a lick of honey in our palms and not bitter leaf.
Only time we tell.
- Olusanya Anjorin,
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