Atiku insists only merger of states and restructuring will solve Nigeria’s challenges

Atiku insists only merger of states and restructuring will solve Nigeria’s challenges

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Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria

Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described Nigeria’s political system as a mockery of true federalism, saying restructuring and merging of some states remain the panacea to the challenges facing the country.

He said this yesterday while delivering the Annual Professor Ademola Popoola public lecture of the Faculty of Law at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, with the theme: “The constitutional and political framework for reconstructing Nigeria for true federalism and national integration.”

According to him: “There is no doubt that many of our states are not viable and were not viable from the start, once you take away the federal government allocations from Abuja.

“We have to find creative ways to make them viable in a changed federal system. Collaboration among states in a region or zone will help.

“We can examine the possibility of using the existing geopolitical zones as federating units. We can also find other ways to determine the viability of states, for example by introducing a means of test such that a state that is unable to generate a certain percentage of its expenditures internally for a specified period of time will be deemed unviable and collapsed into another or a group of states,” he said.

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