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Monday, 12 December 2016

Nigeria not working, her existence must be renegotiated ---- Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar

Nigeria not working, her existence must be renegotiated ---- Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar

Published by Family Writers

Nigeria as currently constituted is an entity that is rooted in corruption, impunity and injustice and thus must be reconstituted, a former vice-president said on Monday. Atiku Abubakar, who served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999-2007, said at a forum in Abuja that the current system is the bane of Nigeria and not the individuals running it.

“Political and civic leaders from across the country must come together, discuss, negotiate and make the necessary compromises and sacrifices needed to restructure our federation” Mr. Atiku said while expanding on a paper titled: “Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building.”

Th formal Vice President has been at the forefront of renewed calls for a reconstituted Nigeria since the beginning of the year. In June, he used his remarks at a book launch, also in Abuja, to call for a more federal system which would put to rest the disparate yearnings of Nigerians from all sections of the country. Mr. Atiku said there’s a perennial cry of marginalisation from every section of the country, a situation, he said, was caused by the flaw in the country’s constitution.

“No section of this country can claim correctly that its people are better served by the current structure of our federation. When we were not dependent on oil revenues and when the federating units had greater autonomy of action and were largely responsible for their affairs, they, that is our regional governments, did not owe workers their salaries for several months.

“They did not shut down schools and universities for several months because of teacher strikes and inadequate funding. Take a look at the industries that the regional governments established and ran and the quality of schools that they established, and see if you can see a state government or a group of state governments that have bested them since the emergence of our unitary federalism.

“And also ask yourself which of those establishments taken over or established by the federal government since, has performed as well as they did under our pre-1966 federal system.”
The former vice president said Abuja should be prepared and willing to relinquish some of its powers over the remaining 36 federating units.

“National unity does not mean the absence of disagreement or agitations. In fact disagreements and peaceful agitations indicate vibrant and living relationships,” Mr. Atiku said. “The key to making national progress is to manage those disagreements in peaceful and mature ways.”

3 comments

  1. ATIKU ABUBARKAR,POINT OF CORRECTION FROM THE BIAFRAN RABBI PLEASE! THE BIAFRANS MUST BE COUNTED OUT OF YOUR RENEGOTIATIONS.WITH WHO?FULANI/HAUSA/YORUBAS?GOD FORBBID! THE BIAFRANS HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH YORUBA,HAUSA,FULANI OR ANY OTHER PART CAGED SINCE 1914 BY THE EVIL EMPIRE CALLED BRITAIN.THE BIAFRANS HAVE THE DIVINE RIGHT FOR SELF-DETERMINATION UNDER GOD/UN FOR HER INDEGENOUS PEOPLES OF IGBO,EFIK/IBIBIO,IJAW,IDOMA,IGALA,URHOBO,ISOKO,ITSHEKIRI,OGONI ETC AND HAVE NO PART/DESTINY WITH PEOPLES UNDER NIGERIA REPRESENTED BY MBUHARI AND HIS SOKOTO ISLAMIC CALIPHATE. THE BIAFRANS DO NOT OPPOSE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS IN NIGERIA FOR NEGOTIATION,RENEGOTIATION BUT UNDER SAME RIGHTS SEEKS JUSTICE FROM GOD AND MAN REPRESENTED BY THE UN.BIAFRANS DO NOT OPPOSE THE NIGERIAN STATE WITH ITS PEOPLE OF YORUBA/HAUSA/FULANI ETC AND NOBODY HAS ANY RIGHT INCLUDING MBUHARI,FULANI HERDSMEN,BOKOHARAM,YORUBAS,HAUSA,FULANIS,ATIKU ETC TO DENY BIAFRANS THE RIGHT FROM GOD AND UN.SO,IT IS BETTER FOR YOU AS A NIGERIAN LEADER TO ADVISE MBUHARI,THE BOKOHARAM AND HERDSMEN LEADER TO LOVE HIMSELF AND THE REMAINING PEOPLES LEFT BEHIND IN NIGERIA BY THE BIAFRANS OR THE CONSEQUENCIES SHALL BE TOO BAD FOR THE NIGERIAN STATE. PLEASE,ATIKU,BEHOLD MBUHARI IN FULL GEAR TO DESTROY NIGERIA LIKE THE LYBIA! THE FATE OF GHADAFI OF LYBIA AWAITS MBUHARI AND NIGERIA AS FOOLISHNESS,STUPIDITY AND BLINDNESS CONTINUES TO RULE THE NIGERIAN LEADER CONCERNING THE BIAFRANS FREEDOM AND NNAMDI KANU'S FREEDOM. AGAIN,NNAMDI KANU IS HERE TO LIBERATE BIAFRANS CONTRARY TO YOUR CALLS FOR ONE NIGERIA WITH BIAFRANS INCLUSION.THE TIME IS ALREADY AGAINST NIGERIA AND WISDOM FROM ANY LEADER IN NIGERIA COULD SAVE THE DOOM AHEAD. YES,BIAFRANS FREEDOM IS NOT NEGOTIABLE AND WOE TO HIM THAT THE ZION ROCK SHALL FALL. BIAFRA LIVES!! YOURS BIAFRAN RABBI.

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  2. I. Never knew Atiku could smooth. Talk.Oga,remove Biafra matter from your so called restructuring bla bla! After Biafrexit,Nigeria would remain indivisible and work!

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