Former Obasanjo’s adviser speaks with the journalists on the current Nigeria’s challenges. He explains why Nigeria needs restructuring and why the North is afraid of this. Professor ABC Nwosu, who served as political adviser to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, has granted an interview to the Sun news explaining why the North is afraid of restructuring. Mr Nwosu was speaking on the current issues of Nigeria and the incumbent government.
The former minister also argued that those kicking against restructuring are doing so because they are benefitting from the current damaged system. He said: “I am not in government, I’m not a prophet, neither am l Rev. Fr. Mbaka to see through prophecy how it can be done. All I know is that many Nigerians, good Nigerians have said, if something is not working, try to see how it can work. That’s how I see the word, restructuring. Our federation is not working.
It hasn’t been working. Therefore, restructuring is the best thing that should be done now to see if it will work. But I’m baffled that a government that says Change cannot understand change, even when it comes to structures. “You said change personnel, we accepted. Nigerians have voted your change personnel. They are saying change structure. You say no way. How and why? Because the same problem is there, you need to change structure. Change structure is restructuring. Economic change is diversification.
Professor ABC Nwosu
If government says it wants to diversify, it has accepted change in diversification. “The old people have been changed, what government is finding difficult is change of structure and I don’t know why? Fine, but it is going nowhere until it changes items in the Exclusive List, even in Legislative List. “We must re-examine that item 39 that says petroleum under the liquid, gas and solid are the exclusive preserve of the federal government. We must ask why we are still finding it difficult to pass the petroleum industry’s bill. These are the cob webs government has to remove.
Restructuring is not going back to regions. I’m shocked at that kind of ignorance and nonsense. Who says restructuring is going back to regionalization? Niger Delta militant groups from the oil-rich region and pro-Biafra campaigners call for Nigeria restructuring. While some politicians, like President Muhammadu Buhari, stand firm against the restructuring, others, like former vice president Atiku Abubakar suppose that it’s not bad idea if it could save the nation.