Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has backed founder and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Adejare Adeboye on restructuring, saying is becoming a failed state.
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the NEF spokesperson, made the position of the forum known while speaking on a live television programme in Lagos on Tuesday, October 6.
According to him, it is high time Nigeria restructured to address the political loopholes and the grievances of some regions in the county.
It would be recalled that Pastor Adeboye, speaking at a symposium alongside the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other prominent Nigerians, had declared that Nigeria risked break-up if not rearranged.
The popular clergy stressed that restructuring is expedient as that is the only way to bring things back on the right track.
Backing Adeboye’s stance, NEF stated that the idea will identify ideas and suggest changes while also providing for the welfare of the people.
In Baba-Ahmed’s words:
“The two basic functions of the state are to secure citizens and provide for their welfare. Now, the Nigerian state is failing in both camps. So, restructuring for us means addressing those failures and identifying ideas, suggestions, and changes that can actually fit into the process of improving them.
“We need to look at our constitution, look at the way it provides for the Nigerian state, the federating units, allocate responsibilities in power, the works of vital institutions, or the failure of vital institutions to work and how we can improve them.”
Garba Shehu, one of the spokespersons to the president in a statement on Sunday, October 4, described such comments as unpatriotic outbursts.
He said the Buhari administration would not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time the nation is dealing with security challenges and the Covid-19 pandemic.