By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The growing wave of separatist agitations and increasing economic problems the Nigerian State is currently grappling with can oly be checked by the restructuring of the federation, according to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Pastor Adeboye gave the advise while speaking at the 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium put together by RCCG and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday, where he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence the process of restructuring the country to avoid its Balkanization, suggesting the adoption of a merger of the parliamentary and the presidential forms of government as s obtainable in the UK and US.
“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 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 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 grave error.
“Without any doubt, we must restructure and do it as soon as possible. A United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure,” Adeboye said.