A Constitutional lawyer and elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and erstwhile governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, have reiterated the need for restructuring, true federalism and review of the 1999 Constitution.
The trio spoke at the launching of the books titled: “President Buhari’s Distinctive Legacies to Nigeria” and ‘Further Thoughts on the Nigerian Constitution and Polity’ authored by Nwabueze in Lagos yesterday.
The legal luminary proffered solutions to various challenges facing the country in the titles. Nwabueze, who spoke passionately on the need to save the country, urged Nigerians, especially the political leaders, to do everything within their power to rescue the country from collapsing.
According to him: “For people of my generation, what is happening in Nigeria today is heart-rendering. We are not happy with the present state of the nation. None of us would have thought that Nigeria would be what it is today.
“It is lamentation for me and I am moved to tears because of what many Nigerians are passing through presently. Nigeria was a great country during the independent era and it is painful that younger generation didn’t enjoy what we enjoyed in the 60s.
“Nigeria must be saved. We must do everything within our power to save Nigeria. I want to call on eminent leaders and notable politicians, and all Nigerians to rise up and do something to safe our country.”Osoba said the National Assembly has a great role to play in restructuring of Nigeria as legislative arms of government and therefore called on eminent Nigerians and political leaders, irrespective of the political parties they belong, to engage the National Assembly for restructuring of Nigeria.
Anyaoku advised that Nigeria must return to regional government, which allows all parts of the government to develop at their space without relying solely on the central government.“I have remained in the camp of those who are saying that we should return to the system of government our founding-fathers gave us. I believe that the challenges we are facing in Nigeria today can be more effectively tackled by the system of government adopted in the early days of our independence.
“When Nigeria was under regional government, all the three regions – Western, Eastern and Northern, developed at their own space. But after the military took over and destroyed the system, we have continued to mismanage our country because of the structure of government that we now have.“So, we must return to the system of government we had during the Independence Day. I wish our country will listen to what Prof. Nwabueze writes and says to the nation.”