The Director-Basic of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Osita Okechukwu has re-echoed his earlier name for “dual-restructuring.”
Okechukwu, who spoke in keeping with the continued structure modification course of, stated twin restructuring would finish all types of insecurity, ethno-religious bigotry and halt democratic recession within the nation.
He warned that if extra powers and sources have been devolved to the Governors with out checks and balances, the nation would additional slide dangerously into democratic recession and insecurity.
In an announcement on Sunday, titled, “Crucial of Twin Restructuring,” the VON boss canvassed for the strengthening of democratic establishments on the federal, state and native authorities tiers.
He stated, “My Expensive Compatriots, on this season of modification of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the excellent news is the close to consensus for restructuring of our federation in a single type or the opposite. As a supporter of restructuring, the facility devolution variant, might I attraction that all of us embark on Twin-Restructuring for nationwide loyalty and good governance.
“Solely decided pessimists will deny the truism that our Governors ape Emperors, which regrettably recedes our democracy and that pundits posit a transparent relationship between democratic recession and ethno-religious bigotry, banditry and the fierce contest for sources within the land.
“My humble attraction is that with this close to consensus for restructuring, we should always as a matter of pressing nationwide significance kill two birds with one stone by devolving these related objects within the Unique Legislative Listing to Concurrent Legislative Listing. And on the identical time compel our pricey State Governors with strict situations for compliance to democratically unlock the native councils, state legislature and judiciary. That’s Twin-Restructuring for nationwide loyalty and prosperity.”
Requested why he’s solely speaking about devolution of powers with out mentioning the clamour for return to the 1963 Structure and different issues, Okechukwu stated “if the 1963 Structure was good why did the republic collapse?”
He stated “it’s pertinent to notice that democracy shouldn’t be a revolution and all positive factors made in liberal democracy all through historical past are incremental. And as such, we can’t amend or alter all our calls for in a single fell swoop.
Due to this fact, my passionate attraction to our pricey governors is to hitch President Buhari who has commenced actual restructuring.”
Okechukwu added that, “Buhari believes in backside up restructuring, that’s why in cohort with eighth NASS, he commenced the primary leg of actual restructuring in 2018 with modification which gave start to Part 121(3) – monetary autonomy of State legislatures and judiciary. It was when two years down the road, Emperor-Governors developed a phobia to its implementation that he signed Govt Order 10 in 2020.”
He submitted that one of the best ways to revive human dignity, nationwide loyalty, brotherhood and cushion ethno-religious bigotry was to make the most of the modification of the structure to strengthen the democratic establishments on the federal, state and native tiers.
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