– Shehu Sani has listed four major reasons he believes Nigeria has not been restructured, despite recurring agitations
– One of the obstacles against restructuring is that the north considered it a southwest agenda, Sani said
– The former lawmaker added that opportunism and lack of political will and courage by the past and present governments is another obstacle against restructuring
The agitation for restructuring has been a recurring national issue in Nigeria. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo reignited the debate again during a recent speech he delivered in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
Nigeria’s former lawmaker and political activist, Shehu Sani, has also aired his views over the recurring national issue.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, June 28, Senator Sani listed four key factors why it has been difficult for the country to restructure, despite the recurring agitations.
According to Sani, the first obstacle against restructuring is that the north considered it “a South West Agenda”.
The second factor, according to Sani, is “the fear that it’s only about control of oil resources”. The third factor mentioned by the former lawmaker is the fear of loss of political patronage, territory and economic privileges.
The fourth obstacle to restructuring listed the Sani is opportunism and lack of political will and courage by the past and present governments.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, expressed disappointment with former President Goodluck Jonathan for not implementing the report of 2014 National Conference.
The conference was initiated by ex-president Jonathan a bid to find lasting solutions to Nigeria’s structural problems.
Yakasai said the report has answers to some of Nigeria’s restructuring challenges, adding that the former president should have produced a white paper that would ensure the successive government implement the report.
The elder statesman said this during a virtual conference organised by Governance Index.
Yakasai said he will support the country going back to the 1963 constitution to replace the 1999 Constitution as parts of the efforts to address Nigeria’s restructuring challenges.
He said the current constitution is not working and dismissed the allegations that the current arrangement favours the north.
Yakasai urged those clamouring for restructuring should provide a blueprint of their ideas so that others can reason along with them, adding that he is not afraid of restructuring.