The presiding bishop of The Redeem Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr. Mike Okonkwo, has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led administration to restructure the political system of the country it promised the electorates in 2015 election.
Restructuring was reportedly one of the major campaign promises of the APC, ahead of the 2015 general election.
It is, however, no news that the party was quick to forget that promise as it settled down to governance.
Re-echoing his position in Abuja, having presided over Leading Edge Conference, an annual business seminar promoted by the Abuja branch of his ministry, the fiery preacher said the season for restructuring of Nigeria had arrived, noting that nobody can deny the country any such opportunity.
Okonkwo, who also blamed the National Assembly for avoiding the proposal during vote on the alteration of the 1999 Constitution said those who oppose the call should be considered the real enemies of the people of Nigeria.
He therefore warned the National Assembly not to take Nigerians for granted in the treatment of restructuring in the ongoing constitution alteration bill before it.
Okonkwo also called on fellow ministers of the gospel to purge themselves to be better used of God in the country.
To this end, he asked the National Assembly which had recently rejected areas that connect with restructuring in the ongoing constitution amendment, to revisit them in order not to incur the wrath of the people.
I think that whenever a season for something is ripe, you can’t hold back the season. There have never been agitations for restructuring as it is now, even those who had hitherto been indifferent to it and who would never touch it, are now beginning to touch it and that is an indication that the hour has come.
Okonkwo said indolence and unnecessary dependence of states on federal allocations would be a thing of the past while healthy competitions among states resulting in unprecedented creation of ideas will take centre stage in the country if it was restructured.
I believe with all my heart that if this nation is restructured, it will help us to be creative more than we expect.
It will make those who are supposed to be in politics be more creative more than what they are doing now because most of them run to Abuja, collect money and squander and nothing is happening, but now, your people will demand accountability and competitions will be all over the place.