Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, reestablished the fact that Nigeria needs to be restructured, demanding that Nigeria “will stay unreliable, precarious, non-dynamic and deteriorated, best case scenario or broke down at the very least” if not rebuilt.
Obasanjo, who talked at the Abeokuta Club Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, proclaimed that the condition of security in Nigeria has made rebuilding basic.
The Ex-president, who conveyed a talk on the subject ‘COVID-19 Pandemic and Nigeria Security Issues: The Way Forward’, focused on that to spare Nigeria from approaching breakdown, President Muhammadu Buhari ought to desperately start the way toward rebuilding the nation.
Obasanjo focused on that the administration at the inside was overpowered by the spate of frailty, saying inability to act currently will prompt more dissatisfaction, more noteworthy misery and bigger attitude and feeling that may prompt activity of split everything up.
He said, “The issue of Nigeria’s future as a result of our current security situation must not be taken non-seriously as I see it as a matter of life and death for our country which must not be toyed with.
“My personal conviction is that with the experience we have had operating the current constitution where we have seen some important aspects of the constitution being breached willfully and wantonly and with the centre seemingly being overwhelmed by the issue of security, with crying need from different quarters for reform of the basic structure of Nigeria’s federating units, there is need for the repositioning of our country for the purpose of unity, equity, competence, good governance, security, stability, healthy competition, justice, fast socio-economic development and making Nigeria undisputed regional leader.
“I remain firmly convinced that without reform of federating units, as I will like to satisfy those who may not like the word ‘restructuring’, Nigeria will remain insecure, unstable, non-progressive and stagnated at best or disintegrated at the worst.
“Papering over the obvious cracks in Nigeria’s polity is not the answer; tearing up or seeking disintegration is also not the solution, remaining silent makes us accomplices and irresponsibly so.”
He also said, “the solution lies in men and women imbued with courage, nationalism, patriotism, commitment, foresight and love in critical mass, to spearhead the crusade for new Nigeria.”He added: “Let us launch and promote such a crusade on the slogan ‘Security Matters To All; No security, No Nigeria.’ And the time is now. Delay is postponing the evil day.
“Now, no part of the country can claim to be safe from the menace and insecurity caused by terrorists, armed robbers, human traffickers, kidnappers of all sorts, cattle rustlers, insurgents, bandits and herders/farmers conflicts.
“We are all challenged to put our thinking caps on, join hands and seek solution together, otherwise we will be destroyed piecemeal.
“There is no time to stand and stare or just to continue to call on governments that are ineffective. Let us take initiative and spearhead actions that will involve governments and the governed and will devolve security architecture, apparatus, arrangement and responsibility in subsidiarity.”