Nigeria: Restructuring as a Magic Wand?
For the umpteenth time, the term 'restructuring' is gaining a new definition and interpretation in our national life.
Even from the unusual quarters, every one seems to be dancing to the new Samba musical tunes laced and flavoured with restructuring as the thematic preoccupations.
Historically, the clamour for restructuring in Nigeria has taken different shapes since 1960. Nigeria has passed through thick and thin. We had witnessed 30-month-old civil war. We had more than 25 years of military interregnum. And now our present 18-year-old democratic dispensation.
Between 1960 and now, our national needs and demands have migrated from one exigency to another. Of course, yes, naturally speaking, human needs and wants are insatiable.
What is important, however, at this juncture is the ability of the central government to meet up with the demands and aspirations of Nigerians from North to South and from East to West. There's no room for excuse.
The big challenge surrounding the current clamour for restructuring is the absence of basic philosophy to determine the focal directions for the various agitations.
My concern lies with the simple analysis that I have argued over the years: poverty has no colour code. It is not ethnic-based nor religion-based. Poverty is not a sectional matter in Nigeria. Beyond the issue of power-grabbing, how can we 'restructure' poverty in the country and exterminate this scourge once and for all?
How can restructuring assist us to tackle the abnormal rate of unemployment in our country?
How can the children of common man enjoy standard education?
How can we have good security system and sleep with our two eyes closed?
How can restructuring guarantee and provide for common man standard hospitals across the country?
How can every one enjoy uninterrupted electricity supply without looking up to any one?
How can the common man have access to affordable housing in any part of the country?
The clamour for restructuring should be more of what the majority stand to benefit as against the clamour for self-aggrandizement by few individuals.
I doubt if restructuring is the magic wand that will take us away from the present political and economic logjams.