Nigeria must be restructured to avoid possible break-up – Pastor Adeboye

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The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has called for restructuring of Nigeria to forestall a possible breakup and agitation across the country. 

Speaking at a 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium co-organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday October 3, Adeboye stated that the different systems of government Nigeria has tried out has never worked out. 

He added that restructuring of Nigeria must be done as soon as possible. Adeboye said; 

“Why can’t we have a system of government that is 100 per cent Nigerian, unique to us? For example, we started on with the British system of government, somewhere along the line, we moved over to the American system of government.

“Can’t we have a combination of both and see whether it could help us solve our problems because in Mathematics if you want to solve a problem, you try what we call Real Analysis, then if it doesn’t work, then you move on to Complex Analysis and see whether that will help you. If that fails, you move on to Vector Analysis and so on.

“I believe that we might want to look at the problems of Nigeria in a slightly different manner. Some people feel that all our problems will be over if Nigeria should break up. I think that is trying to solve the problems of Nigeria as if it is a Simple Equation. The problems of Nigeria will require quite a bit of Simultaneous Equation and some of them are not going to be Linear either – forgive me I am talking as a Mathematician.

“Why can’t we have a system of government that will create what I will call the United States of Nigeria? Let me explain. We all know that we must restructure. It is either we restructure or we break, you don’t have to be a prophet to know that one. That is certain – restructure or we break up.

“Now, we don’t want to break up, God forbid. In the restructuring, why don’t we have a Nigerian kind of democracy? At the federal level, why don’t we have a President and a Prime Minister?

“If we have a President and a Prime Minister and we share responsibilities between these two so that one is not an appendage to the other. For examples, if the President controls the Army and the Prime Minister controls the Police. If the President controls resources likes oil and mining and the Prime Minister controls finance and inland revenue, taxes, customs etc. You just divide responsibilities between the two.

“At the state level, you have the governor and the premier, and the same way, you distribute responsibilities between these people in such a manner that one cannot really go without the other. Maybe we might begin to tackle the problems.

“If we are going to adopt the model, then we need to urgently restore the House of Chiefs. I have a feeling that one of our major problems is that we have pushed the traditional rulers to the background and I believe that is a great error particularly for a great country like Nigeria.

“I find it very ridiculous that one will ask a traditional ruler to inform the chairman of his local government before he travels.

“Go to any town in Nigeria, everybody in the town knows the paramount ruler in the town and they respect him (but) many of them don’t even know the name of the chairman of their local government.

“The traditional rulers are the actual landlords, they control the respect of their people. Their people will listen to them much more, I am sorry to say than they will listen to some politicians.

 “Without any doubt, we must restructure and do it as soon as possible. The United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure.”

13 Comments

  1. Nigerians have been saying these severally but our leaders don’t listen but heard it, what are they afraid in restructuring? They should try to listen to what we are yearning for before it’s too late.

  2. Of course, our politicians are not useful to our society because after they have been elected to the office, we won’t see them anymore even if we see them is inside their motor passing by and moreso, they won’t the call if we called to them. The traditional rulers are more useful than them but they have relegated those traditional rulers.

  3. As you said pa adeboye, Nigerians have been talking about this restructure and they turned their dear ear to it. They should do it now because they know that everything favors them that’s why they don’t want to listen to it. Are they the only one in this country? Those politicians are not up to 1% and they are maltreating the remaining Nigerians. I implore them to listen to us now.

  4. That is good above sir… May we should try new system of government as you said if that is what is gonna solve the problems

  5. Waooo👏👏👏 this is truly man of God, I love your analysis sir. Pastor Enoch adeboye you have spoken so very well, we need to restructure this country, splitting in to any number is not the solution to Nigeria problem, having President and prime minister at the same time…do you think this can possible in Nigeria? Is just assive we are having two President in the country, let just think what we need to do on our own instead of looking we’re elsewhere, like USA, BRITISH and so other country, the restructure should come as soon as possible to avoid the splitting Nigeria.

  6. This issue of restructuring or not restructure, this advise has been severally occasion given to the federal government, but other not yield to anything, I see it as a matter of fact mouth talk. But if we do the restructure it we better for Nigeria.

  7. This is something everyone has been saying for a very long time and still the government is not doing anything about it.

  8. If restructuring is what will make Nigeria better and united and peaceful let it be done nah
    What we all need is peace and progress

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