Atiku Intensifies Call For Restructuring

Former Nigeria's Vice President, Atiku Abubakar
Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has again called for the restructuring of the Nigerian Federal system of government, saying that the current economic situation has exposed the many weaknesses of having a centralized government.

Atiku took to his twitter handle on Thursday to explain why he is certain that the current system of government in Nigeria needs to be reviewed.

According to him, the fact that the country has practiced a particular system of government for a long time, does not necessarily mean that it is the best system.

“It’s standard human reasoning – if you do the same thing long enough, you may think it’s right and the only way. Not true,” he tweeted.

He continued, “The economic consequence of over-centralization is that FG may collapse under the weight of too many responsibilities it burdens itself with.

“Our Federal Government can no longer afford to meet many obligations. Does it still make sense to have a centrist FG?” he asked.



    Another twitter user, Michael Omosoki, reminded the vice president that the challenge being faced in the country today was an aftermath of decisions and polices of former leaders of the country, of which Atiku is one.

    Omoski asked why Atiku did not do better during his time as vice president.

    “I was only a VP o,” he replied. “What I was assigned to do was economy and we made bold changes, fixed National debts (and) bad assets.”

    Atiku added in response to another user, “not only is our FG too large, the economic downturn has exposed fundamental weaknesses. Yes, FG duties need to be reduced/devolved.”

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