Nigeria’s political structure has become anachronistic, says Sen. Ohuabunwa


Nigeria’s political structure had become “anachronistic and deserved total restructuring,” Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP), representing Abia north senatorial district, has said.

Ohuabunwa made the statement on Wednesday while briefing newsmen in Umuahia on the fate of the bill on restructuring, which suffered a setback at the National Assembly.

He said that the current political structure in Nigeria was a product of military rule which operated a unitary system of government.
“Having come out of military rule, there is no way a democratic system of government can work effectively with the unitary structure, which has become anachronistic.

“Now that we have democracy, we should use democratic structure,” the law maker said.

The senator expressed regret that majority of lawmakers voted against devolution of powers to the states.

He blamed the development on their misunderstanding of the concept of restructuring and true federalism.

Ohuabunwa said, “what we want is total restructuring.”
According to him, all the pro-restructuring lawmakers would further engage their colleagues to educate them on the imperatives of restructuring.
He noted that in their wisdom, the founding fathers of the nation laid down a suitable structure in the First Republic.

“What the present crop of political leaders should do is to go back and adopt the original structures of true federalism,” he said.

Ohuabunwa said that he had transformed his political structure, known as “Follow Better,” to a non-governmental organization (NGO).
He said that he would use the NGO to reach his constituents with programmes that would help to improve their lives.

In his remarks at the inauguration of the local government and clan coordinators of the NGO, the senator charged them to be committed to the task of transforming the area. (NAN)