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Atiku Advocates Restructuring, Says No Section Of Nigeria Benefits From Current Structure 

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 12, (THEWILL) – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Monday observed that the current structure of Nigeria’s federation is not beneficial to any section of the country. He then harped on the need for the country to be restructured.

He made this known in a series of tweets posted on his Twitter handle @atiku, pointing out that the country already has too many weak and unviable states and that what is needed are stronger federating units.

“No section of this country can claim correctly that its people are better served by the current structure of our federation. #Restructuring

Advising that the country can be properly restructured with Nigerians first making their grievances and fears clear, he said, “What I find odd is the argument that we cannot renegotiate our union and every demand for restructuring is an attempt to break up Nigeria”.

Some of the tweets read, “We must acknowledge that what got us to our centre-dominated federal system is political expediency and fear #Restructuring

“Each nation has to work out the best system suited for it. In Nigeria's case, it’s dishonest to say that the system is not the problem.

“We already have too many weak/unviable states. What we need are stronger federating units (be they existing sates or zones) #Restructuring

“In federal systems that work, federating units cede certain powers to the centre. #Restructuring

“National unity does not mean the absence of disagreement. In fact disagreements & peaceful agitations indicate vibrant union. #Restructuring”

The ex-vice president said it is odd for some persons to argue that Nigerians cannot renegotiate their union, disagreeing with those who see every demand for restructuring as an attempt to disintegrate the country.