- A former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah, has called for the country to be restructured
- He urged the National Assembly to consider how to make the necessary laws to restructure the country, rather than just shouting
- According to the former governor, Nigeria is doomed if not restructured
Obong Victor Attah, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, has added his voice to those calling for the country to be restructured.
In an interview with Vanguard, the ex governor pointed out that the issue has to do more with the National Assembly, than with President Muhammadu Buhari.
NAIJ.com notes that Attah further called on lawmakers to convoke a conference that will write a new constitution for the country; taking into account, the importance of restructuring.
He said: “The accusation now is that President Buhari is not ready to restructure the country, but believe me, the problem is more from the National Assembly. We suggested a thing as simple as state police and resource control; they dismissed it.
“But at some point when the northern senators were meeting, the Senate president said, and I quote him, ‘I have no doubt in my mind that we as leaders need to do a lot more work, we need to carry out analysis and research to be able to pick the substance from the sentiments. I say this because, during the last constitution review exercise, there were items that were rejected, like devolution of powers, but upon reflection, we realised that it was actually not inimical to the interest of the people.
Speaking on the economy, he said whatever will bring about growth and development is what must be done. He added that economic diversification is not just a buzz word but the real life of a transition that must be made for the dividends of democracy to be delivered to the people.
He continued: “If the Senate president knows this, then why wouldn’t the National Assembly consider how to make the necessary laws to restructure the country, rather than just shouting ‘you cannot do devolution of power without us.’
“What I expect is that since the National Assembly knows the importance of restructuring, they should call upon the president to convoke a conference or assembly that will write a new constitution for the country.
“If we don’t restructure, this country is going to die because there is limited opportunity in the oil industry and the resources cannot develop this country. Look at the evil consequences of the crude oil not belonging to particularly anybody; that is why you see a situation where the country still flares 76 percent of its gas that is enough to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity.
“We must institute resource control and it can only come with restructuring. Nigeria is doomed if we do not restructure.”
In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Catholic archbishop of Lagos, Dr Alfred Adewale Martins, restated his call for restructuring of the nation.
He also acknowledged that Nigeria is passing through very disturbing times, because some people “have turned the nation to their play fields and fiefdoms that should be exploited and balkanized for their selfish ends.”
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