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Dickson: Buhari got restructuring argument wrong



Dickson: Buhari got restructuring argument wrong

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, yesterday, observed that President Muhammadu Buhari was wrong in his belief that restructuring was a parochial idea by those clamouring for it, a belief that made him not to give it a positive consideration. Dickson stated this at the Oduduwa Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he delivered a lecture entitled: “Restructuring and the search for a productive Nigeria” during a programme organised by the university Faculty of Art. He noted that Nigeria was not working because she has not been restructured, insisting that until she was restructured, the change being clamoured for and desired development that is supposed to be witnessed in every nook and cranny of the country would remain a mere dream.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria needs restructuring. We want a Nigeria that all of us can be proud of. A country that is good for the leaders should also be good for the followers. A country that is good for the rich should also be good for the poor. A country that is good for many should be good for the few. “It is through restructuring that we can achieve such a country that we can call our own,” the governor said.

He added:”The call for restructuring is not for dismemberment of the country. It is meant for proper and people- oriented governance and development at all levels. “It is a call for constitutional reforms to guarantee a more stable and inclusive country and a return to the original founding principles of our nation.”

Dickson argued that if restructured, the country’s potentials would be adequately realised and would be free of rancour, disunity and retrogression. “So, the way to go is restructuring. “We are for a comprehensive reform of the constitution that must favour restructuring. The system we have created does not favour productivity because there is no enviable environment to maximise the potentialities of mineral resources that are laying waste in different parts of the country due to lack of human capital development. “This is a Nigeria where there is lawlessness and violence everywhere. The government has failed in its responsibility protect the lives and property of the people. The system we have put in place can never guarantee security of lives and property. That is why restructuring has become imperative. “Even the delivery of justice is faulty because the system we have can’t deliver justice since common chieftaincy cases that are supposed to be handled by community leaders are sometimes taken to federal courts which is wrong.”

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