A former Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Femi Mimiko has called for the restructuring of Nigeria in order to achieve meaningful progress.
The don, who described the current structure of the country as being faulty, said some stakeholders in the country had now tilted towards the report of the 2014 confab report, noting that the development was an indication that restructuring of the country is inevitable.
He stated this in a lecture he delivered at the fifth anniversary of an online newspaper, the Precision Online Newspaper, held in Akure, the state capital. The lecture was titled ‘Tottering on the brink of collapse: Is restructuring the way out of Nigeria’s extant crises?’
He said, “It is instructive that the restructuring advocates have succeeded in making the argument sound better – since Confab 2014, where more than 400 individuals from a very disparate, but compelling background, met for about six months; and passed hundreds of resolutions – all on a consensus basis. This has served to douse the tension vis a vis whether the proposed restructuring project was meant to elevate some, and put down other ethnic nations, or regions.
“A most critical manifestation of this new trend is the APC True Federalism Committee Report, which is a virtual clone of the 2014 Confab Report. Important players in the northern part of the country, where the restructuring advocacy would seem to have been most resisted now unequivocally endorse some modicum of restructuring. National leaders like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Bello Masari of Sokoto and Katsina States respectively, and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, among others, all now are on the restructuring train.
“Again, the most critical factor in this Damascus Road conversion, as it were, is the stark reality that the extent system has not only failed but is indeed incapable of delivering on the promise of peace, stability, security, social development and national unity.”
Mimiko also tasked the media to be up and doing in their function to the development of the country.
“It remains to be said that the media has a critical role to play in all of this. It is not without reason that this role is highlighted in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), defective as the document may seem.
“For the media to deliver on this critical mandate, some of the values that give journalism its central place in the development process must be brought back. Competence, integrity, sound mind, critical thinking, social commitment, proficiency in language usage, among others, can all not be taken for granted,” he noted.