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TRUE FEDERALISM: THE SOLUTION TO NIGERIA’S LINGERING PROBLEMS

August 7, 2013

There have been ethnic and religious tensions around the world, and in some cases have resulted to devastating wars. Examples of such tensions were found in the Former Yugoslavia, which disintegrated into seven countries vis- Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Bosnia. We also have the post-Soviet states, also commonly known as the Former Soviet Union or Former Soviet Republics, are the 15 independent states that emerged from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in its dissolution in December 1991. The three Baltic states restored their independence on the basis of state continuity; while the remaining 12 republics are deemed to have seceded from the Soviet Union and are thus referred to as the Newly Independent States, viz Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russia; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan – (Wikipedia). Sudan is another example. Since gaining independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, Sudan has experienced more years of conflict than peace. These conflicts, fought between the Sudanese government and movements arising within Sudan, are commonly rooted in the exploitative leadership of the Government of Sudan, and the unequal distribution of power and wealth among the Sudanese population. These internal tensions drove the country’s decades-long civil war, which led to South Sudan’s secession from Sudan on July 9, 2011 -(enoughproject.org).

With the above examples in mind, Nigeria should strive towards resolving her lingering problems by adopting a different structure for governance. The map below could be used as the demarcations for the federating units in the entrenchment of TRUE FEDERALISM, as against the country splitting up into independent units. In all fairness, we need a very strong country, but for effectiveness and to reduce the unnecessary tensions, power should be devolved and decentralised to the federating units, which in turn will lead to accelerated socio-economic and infrastructural development. The current structure foisted on us by the selfish colonialist hasn’t worked and there appears to be no meaningful headway as a result of the ethnic/tribal; religious; and regional bigotry of the selfish and greedy POLITICAL CLASS and their sycophantic followers and supporters. MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

Nigeria - Devolution and Decentralisation

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2013 03:00

    Reblogged this on Adeyemi Olalemi's Blog.

  2. August 8, 2013 22:33

    The agreeing point here is that the present structure of Nigeria , is not and will never be a workable solution. So the long called and postponed SNC is long overdue by all the belligerents actors of the Nigeria multi-ethnic and multiculturalism society as stakeholders to come to table and truly redefine our basic mutual foundation for equal coexistence..

    There is no gainsaying,that the only solution reside on our capacity to come forward and chat on the same table the Nigeria issue, our interest will be to move with a more Regional autonomy. So be it devolution of power, resources control, decentralization of the federating units, infrastructure control, the distribution of power and wealth in other to reduce tension and assure an enabling peace and the problems of boundaries delimitation all these and a host of others problems, must be urgently agreed upon to avoid the absurd and the unnecessary in human wasting.

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