Oshiomhole, Sagay, Ezeife differ on restructuring

The immediate past governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay; and a former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on Friday, gave differing views on the ongoing calls for restructuring in Nigeria.

Oshiomhole expressed concern that the attention of Nigerians had been diverted from the real issues, like leadership,  poverty and the distribution of wealth affecting Nigeria to the divisibility of the country, which he said was not viable.

His view was shared by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who noted that the continued existence of the country was not in doubt.

The former governor stated this while speaking on the topic, ‘Nigerian State in the Aftermath of Centenary: Prospects for its Indivisibility,’ as the keynote speaker at a lecture organised by the National Association of Seadogs.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to “restructure their attitudes”.

But Sagay disagreed with Oshiomhole’s submission, arguing that restructuring, with the autonomy for the federating units, would promote good governance and discourage wastage by elected officials, especially in the legislature.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said that the consequence of the current political structure had been devastating to the country, by enriching a few to the detriment of others.

This, he said, had made the states to progressively decline.

Sagay noted that contrary to the views of some people, the North would be the greatest beneficiary of restructuring due to the abundance of livestock and some by-products in the area.

He also stated that it was imperative to return to the 1963 Constitution and modify it to suit the present demands in order to address the current challenges.

On his part, Ezeife said that Nigeria had failed “woefully and comprehensively” and could face extinction if not restructured.