Founder of IYM, Evangelist Ugochukwu-Uko in a chat with DAILY POST stressed that nothing would ever happen to Nigeria until the country devolves more powers and responsibilities to the federating units.
The Secretary-General of the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, charged Nigeria to revert to the parliamentary system of government for anything good to happen to the country.
He said: “No sane Nigerian expects anything new. No magic. It will be the same old shit. Same old stories and same old blame game. As long as we stubbornly operate this unworkable unitary structure designed by the military and legitimized by the 1979 and 1999 constitutions, we will continue to hold ourselves down, hurt the future generation and frustrate the present generation.
“Nothing good will ever happen to Nigeria until we reconstruct the structure of our polity, by devolving more powers and responsibilities to the federating units, probably reverting to the parliamentary system of government. Only a new constitution can save Nigeria now. It doesn’t matter how long one has been on the wrong route, you turn to the right route in order to get your desired destination.
“Nigeria, a deeply endowed country, has been on the wrong road for so long, it is time we turn right and take the right road, which is the direction of restructuring and power devolution. Nothing else can save Nigeria. Having expectations in this unwieldy and wobbling structure, amounts to self-deceit. Nobody expects anything new under this structure.”
He also lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the inability of the current administration to resolve the issue of insecurity plaguing the country, but asked our reporter to direct his question to the president.
Chiding the Buhari-led government, he said, “The insecurity, the agitations, the unemployment, the religious and ethnic divisions, the despair, the hatred and anger, the hunger and poverty and loss of faith in the land will not abate. Our leaders are merely deceiving themselves because they are all in the comfort zone, living like movie stars, enjoying their lives at our expense. That is why they pontificate on television. Deep down in their hearts, they know that only restructuring will save Nigeria.”
Ugochukwu-Uko said: “I have no comment on that yet. We have a leader Nigerians clamoured for, for twelve (12) years, who has been president for four (4) years. They say he is a no-nonsense General under whose watch defence and security have received the largest amount of money since the beginning of Nigeria, who came to power in 2015 blaming Jonathan for insecurity and promised to stabilize the situation within six (6) months.