By Rotimi Owomoyela
Ado-Ekiti— Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has thrown his weight behind those calling for the restructuring of the country, wondering why the All Progressives Congress (APC), which was at the fore-front of the agitation for true federalism was now against restructuring as the ruling party.
Hailing the position expressed last Thursday, by the Southwest APC, Fayose said the party must now go beyond rhetoric and set machineries in motion to restructure the country.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said: “Under the present APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria is returning to full-blown unitary system of government.
“It is on record that the APC said at a debate on ‘Addressing the rising insecurity in Nigeria, what is the master plan?’ organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on December 18, 2014, that it (APC) would ensure true federalism and adequate community policing through the establishment of state-controlled police so as to curb the protracted security challenges in the country.
“Sad enough, now that it is the ruling party, APC is no longer talking about true federalism, and state police it canvassed while in the opposition.”
Governor Fayose, who canvassed for development of state governments, noted that; “Nigeria developed faster in the 50s and 60s when it was practising confederal system of government, with the regions running its own affairs almost autonomously.
“A situation where a state cannot do anything about its mineral resources without approval from the Federal Government, will not foster the development that we all yearn for.” the governor said.
A situation where the federal government has turned itself into lord and master over other federating units in the country, using federal agencies to oppress even governors is not acceptable.”