Members of organised unions, together with professionals and non-professionals throughout the nation are starting to hitch their voices to the rising variety of agitators demanding for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation. Their concern, in response to them, was to keep away from any impending disaster within the nation if the topic just isn’t addressed.
They advocated for system change and peaceable resolutions that may result in overhauling in governance to create human and capital growth for the nation. According to them, such step would supply answer to the variety of setbacks weighing down Nigeria.
The group, which additionally embody scholar unions, industrial bike operators, lecturers, medical doctors, artisans amongst others, that the flawed use of the nation’s assets have inflicted hardship on the lots.
Speaking throughout a nationwide discourse titled ‘Economic Crises and Ethnic Agitations, which way forward, Secession, Restructuring or System Change,’ organised by the Joint Action Front (JAF) in Lagos just lately, the assorted groups mentioned after 57 years of Nigeria’s independence, the nation couldn’t boast of considerable and dealing infrastructure or a viable financial or political stability.”
Taking their flip to talk, chairman, Lagos State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Isaac Oyewumi, mentioned there may be the necessity for all organised unions within the nation to get needed preparations forward of what the nation is almost definitely to face ought to the agitations to restructure Nigeria turns into inevitable.
According to him, “We want to sit down down and ask ourselves questions and decide manner ahead on remedy Nigeria’s issues. What we want is steady non-violence agitations till we obtain our dream.
“In terms of mismanagement of our resources it is the masses that suffer the hardship. The ordinary man on the street, workers, community members, artisans among others need to feel impact of government. Today there is no steady electricity supply in the country and many other problems so, I believe it is time for us to take our destiny in our hands.”
In his contributions, the chairman Constitutional Right and Peoples Development Advocacy Initiative (CRAI), Barrister Ikechukwu Ikeji mentioned what Nigerians want is system change and never restructuring.
He lamented that the majority Nigerian leaders traveled overseas for medical remedy as a result of there isn’t a healthcare construction within the nation.
Ikeji urged the necessity to introduce a new legislation on the Code of Conduct for elected public officers whereby they are going to be compelled to patronize and make use of native companies and public including, “these ought to embody medical services and schooling amongst others. The goal needs to be to encourage these travelling overseas to seek such companies.
“We are calling for a new law to make it compulsory for every public officer, elected or appointed, to make use of hospitals in Nigeria for whatever ailments and to send their children and wards to only Nigerian schools.”
Ikeji famous that there’s excessive degree of corruption in Nigeria inside the ruling cabals, whom he accused of sharing the collective patrimony and commonwealth amongst themselves to the detriment of the Nigerian lots. He insisted that there have to be fairness within the distribution of the nation’s pure assets amongst Nigerians.
On the 1999 Constitution, which has been roundly condemned by protagonists of restructuring as nothing however a failed doc incapable of main Nigeria out of her current predicament, Ikeji described it, whilst amended, as a fraud of essentially the most irredeemable proportions.
Said he, “We insist that any genuine change in Nigeria will have to start from correcting the fraud inherent in the constitution, such as not being autochthonous and lacking the imprimatur of the people it seems to constitute. We call for a pure and adulterated people constitution that will be subject to a genuine process of referendum.”
In one other remark, Pan Africanist, Ms. Affiong Affiong famous that the essence of democracy is nice governance however the place the lots can not boast of high quality life and assurance of future “there is the need to take a critical look at the system.”
She nonetheless suggested in opposition to any actions that may militate in opposition to the peace, unity and progress of the nation, saying: “the essence of the various agitations was to ensure progress and development of the country.”