Nigeria: Restructure or reconfigure (3), By Afe Babalola


AS noted in the earlier edition, political restructuring refers to a complete overhaul of a nation’s political system in order to make it operate more effectively. This could be in form of adopting a new constitution, a new economic model, decentralisation of powers as well as devolution of powers to the constituent units. The call for restructuring is not peculiar to Nigeria. Several federal states are either engaged in, or about to begin the process of reviewing their federal systems in order to retain their relevance to their societies. 

As Renan notes: “A nation’s existence is, if you will pardon the metaphor, a daily plebiscite, just as an individual’s existence is a perpetual affirmation of life…The wish of nations is, all in all, the sole legitimate criterion, the one to which one must always return. Every federal state is formed based on the sole legitimate criterion of a perceived spirit of willingness to form a nation and live together irrespective of the…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper