Former Nigeria’s President General Ibrahim Babangida has called for the restructuring of the country with much power taken away from the Federal Government and vested on states.
Nigeria has been since the intervention of the military in politics been practicing loose federalism a system which had made the Federal Government more powerful and states dependent on them.
General Babangida who spoke while giving his Eid-el-fitri message to Nigerians also condemned the spate of hate speeches from different groups in the country.
He said although the country has survived a lot of crisis in the past, restructuring can no longer be wished away.
“Restructuring has become a national appeal as we speak, whose time has come. I will strongly advocate for devolution of powers to the extent that more responsibilities be given to the states while the federal government is vested with the responsibility to oversee our foreign policy, defense, and economy.
“Even the idea of having federal roads in towns and cities has become outdated and urgently needs revisiting. That means we need to tinker with our constitution to accommodate new thoughts that will strengthen our nationality,” he stated.
The former president also advocated for the adoption of state policing, saying that the initial fears that state governors will misuse the officers and men of the state police have become moribund.
The former military ruler rounded up his message by appealing to Nigerians especially the youth to keep alive the dreams of the nation’s founders insisting that Nigeria has all it takes to lead the African continent by virtue of its population, diversities and sheer determination of its people.