Nigeria must be restructured to enable it rapidly progress in its development march, some elder statesmen and thought leaders have said.
Former Commonwealth Secretary General Emeka Anyaoku strongly believes restructuring is what Nigeria needs to remain a united country.
The former commonwealth scribe was part of those who spoke at the 2nd annual lecture of the Akintola Williams Foundation in Lagos on Thursday.
I have consistently expressed the view that to achieve greater political stability and the deserving socio-political economic development in the country, thereby tackling the worsening challenges the country faces in many sectors, Nigeria must restructure its present governance architecture.
And it must do so by returning to the true federalism, which our founding fathers negotiated and wisely agreed in the 1960 and 1963 constitution to be the most suitable structure for the stability and development of our multi-ethnic and multi-religious country.”
In a similar vein, former UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim Gambari said now was the best time for the country to address the issue as a lot of Nigerians appear to be on the same page.
It appears to me, as I hinted earlier, that there is a national consensus on this – to try to preserve Nigeria. It is easy to lead a nation or to organise a nation when everybody is of the same nationality, the same religion, the same language. But the real challenge is to mould a nation out of this multiplicity.