Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday reiterated his support for the country’s restructuring.
He said the present structure is “deformed”, arguing that Nigeria’s political system of government breeds corruption.
“Our current structure facilitates corruption and makes it more difficult for the kind of leadership being clamoured for to emerge.”
He called for proactive decentralisation. While urging that corruption and bad leadership in the country be addressed, he observed that Nigeria was in dire need of restructuring in the face of its challenges.
Atiku made the submissions at the public presentation of the book, ”In the Belly of the Vultures”, by veteran journalist, columnist and administrator Chief Adetola Adeniyi.
The book, published by Canada Press, was reviewed by Prof. Ademola Popoola.
Atiku, who was represented by Prof. Maxwell Gidado, called for civility and peaceful dialogue in the pursuit of the issue. “When we restructure, we will be forced to pay greater attention to production rather than rent-seeking. And the federating units will have greater autonomy to decide on their priorities and peculiar challenges.
“While the strengthening of national unity, which it would promote, it is important, it is also critical for our economic development and wellbeing, which, in turn, are also important for political peace.”
Vanguard Publisher Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu noted that the real issue is not just restructuring but how the restructuring would be directed.
Amuka-Pemu said the reality in the country should be confronted and the ideas expressed by the author be put to test.
Former Managing Director of the defunct Concord Dr. Doyin Abiola said things might continue to go bad until Nigerians took decisive steps to salvage the situation for the sake of the younger generation.
“I hope Tola’s book will spur us to another level, where we stop talking and start doing”, she said.
Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, chief launcher, was represented by former Minister of Communications Maj.-Gen. Tajudeen Olarenwaju.
Also in attendance were former Daily Times Editor Mr. Areoye Oyebola; former Ogun State Governors Olusegun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel, Sen. Gbenga Kaka; former Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko; former Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof .Modupe Adelabu; General Overseer of The Latter Rain Assembly, Dr Tunde Bakare and his wife, Olayide; Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu; eminent scholar Prof. Adebayo Williams and Prince Femi Banjoko among others.
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