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Restructuring, true federalism key to national unity – Comrade Nimi Brown


The Niger Delta Vindicators, one of the agitating militant group says implementing the principles of true federalism and restructuring hold the key to national unity that the nation seeks.
Mr. Oyege Nimi Brown, National Coordinator of the group made the submission in an interview session with newsmen on Sunday in Yenagoa.
Brown noted that calls for restructuring the country were an opportunity for the federating units to review ways of strengthening unity of the Nigerian nation.
Brown who likened the federation to a 'marriage' and the federating units  as 'wives'  said some wives want a rejuvenation of the marriage in the form of restructuring as well as implementation of the 2014 confederation report.
He said that continued dialogue and communication was necessary amongst the federating unions and urged the federal government to encourage discussions to strengthen the union.
"Nigeria is a failed state that must be totally overhauled, those against restructuring are selfish and anti-  Nigerian unity, there cannot  be one Nigeria without restructuring.
"The term structuring means different things to different people. However, in a political setting, restructuring ideally means to change the structure of a government or administration.
"It is only where one has a structure that a restructure can be possible, there is a need to review the system to make the federating units to enjoy more economic autonomy and freedom to develop at its natural pace and engender healthy competition amongst the regions.
"We need to reorganize ourselves and make the federating units wield more powers and benefit more from the exploration of natural resources found at the regions as was done in the first republic.
"Nigeria is a country that has strong men without strong institutions and structures, we need to collectively build our intuitions to make them resilient and stand the test of time, it is a task we need to accomplish collectively," Brown said.
He called on the present administration to look at the report of the 2014 conference report and seek its implementation rather than confine it to the archives.
Brown expressed optimism that the Nigerian federation would witness economic growth and progress if the regions were encouraged to contribute to the centre from the proceeds derived from the regions and reverse the current over dependence on the federal government.
He said that return to fiscal federalism was a necessary catalyst to drive economic growths that would see the country come out of the current economic recession and urged all stakeholders to close ranks

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