Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Restructuring: Osinbajo warns against disintegration

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has again warned advocates of restructuring, saying Nigeria should not be restructured along ethnic lines.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, yesterday quoted him as saying this on a live television programme monitored in Abuja on Tuesday.

Osinbajo said: “Dividing Nigeria, going back to regions and all of those kinds of things, I do not believe in that at all. I don’t think we need to go back to regions. So, if there are people who believe we must structure ourselves again along ethnic lines, I don’t accept that is the right way to go.

“So, when you say restructuring, I’m sure that for many of us, there are certain aspects of this restructuring that you may agree with or that you may not agree with. But as a general position, Nigeria always needs to be re-engineered, we’ve to keep restructuring, re-engineering.”

The vice president said while he agreed that states should have a good measure of control over their resources, there must be an agreement on how to ensure the federal government functions.
He said he also strongly believed in the creation of state police.

1 comment

  1. Lemmuel Odjay

    Thank God you believe in the creation of state police in the Nigerian system. That also is a part of restructuring the Nigerian political foundation.

    Regarding the issue of wholesome restructuring, I believe it is the best thing for Nigeria. I am amazed at Nigerian leaders’ lukewarm attitude towards the topic of restructuring whenever it resurrects in the public domain. It gets hopeless when the leaders in a government of change, such as this, take to playing the ostrich over the issue rather than tackle it head on by exploring its positives.

    The future of this great nation depends on its leaders ability to take the bull by the horns by restructuring its defective political foundations for the overall benefit of all. We cannot continue to cringe before a few reactionary political nay-sayers whose agenda is to corner and control our wellbeing perpetually for their own good. This government of Change is well disposed to create such structures that should unshackle every Nigerian from their age-long political as well as socio-economic chains. My faith rests in this government’s ability and willingness to restructure Nigeria, perhaps along the six geo-political zone formations or state format. We are tired of the constant crisis rocking our nation since 1966 due to its badly structured political foundation…

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