By Emma Amaize & Simon Ebegbulem
Ex Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that ‘no restructuring no Nigeria.’
Fani-Kayode made this known on his twitter handle as he reacts to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, statement that ‘no amount of advocacy or agitation would lead to restructuring.’
He said hell will freeze over before we accept…
Fani-Kayode further said that ‘the notion that we must continue to be part of a contraption that will not be restructured. No restructuring, no Nigeria!’
Malami who had advised those campaigning for restructuring of the present federal structure to stop dissipating their energy admitted that reforms and modifications of institutional arrangements, systems and processes were normal in federations world over, said they were not done in single swoop as advocated in Nigeria and that “the idea of restructuring is not a function of advocacy or agitation. It is about constitutional accommodation and/or alternative constitutional amendment.”
Malami speaking on Tueday at the Think-Tank Conference on “Federalism and challenges of dynamic equilibrium in Nigeria: Towards a National Strategy,” organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), in Abuja, posited that mega changes are not healthy for federations.
“Change is a gradual exercise which must be democratic and subjected to legislative and administrative processes as provided by law. We must use democratic means to reform our federal system. We need to recognise that both federalism and democracy are mechanisms for managing diversity.
“Indeed, while federalism provides the institutional framework for managing diversity, democracy makes possible the negotiation of diverse identity claims, by providing them with representation, voice and political mechanisms by which their competing claims are balanced and reconciled, ” the AGF stated