Onuesoke Backs Femi Falana, Itse Sagay on Re-Structuring of Nigeria
LAGOS JUNE 18TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has joined the likes of Femi Falana and Itse Sagay in their call for the restructuring of the country in the pattern of a true federalism.
Making the call this weekend while speaking to group journalists at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on his way to attend Earth Summit Meeting, Onuesoke posited that restructuring Nigeria will considerably reduce corruption as the control of resources substantially shifts to the Federating Units who create the resources.
He pointed out that major reason for the scramble for power at the center is removed in the proposed structure, thus making it less attractive for those with selfish and less than noble intents.
He noted complete control of resources and revenue at the Federal level also encourages corruption and lack of accountability, adding that it also contributes to ethnic politics and regional sub-optimization at the expense of the entire country, adding that the current arrangement where power and resource control are almost exclusively concentrated at the center is defective and does not engender stability or economic progress.
“This structure has been tried for more than 30 years and has not worked. So, why not effect a change and seek out more progressive structures that are indigenous to our culture and value systems?” Onuesoke demanded.
Onuesoke who said Nigeria has been a federal state since 1954, but has not been able to attain the basic requirement of federalism explained that restructuring Nigeria will ensure equal participation in economic life of our people, encourage healthy economic competition among Federating Units or Regions and thus usher in an era of economic prosperity for all.
He argued that the situation where the annual budgetary total capital allocation for South-South, South East and South West regions who are productive do not come close to the allocation North Central regional alone, stressing that rather each region should reap from what they sow.
“Nigerians from Port Harcourt to Kaura Namoda and from Lagos to Kirenowa or Nguru want self-determination. They have expressed their wishes openly and publicly and the introduction of Sharia criminal law by some states has demonstrated the fact that different religious and ethnic groups may have different world views and perspectives that may be regionally acceptable but centrally unacceptable,” he argued.