NLNG Corporate Caring banner First bank SME Connect Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

I still remember restructuring

By News Express on 28/03/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 621

Nigerians appear to be an incoherent lot. We do not appear to have abiding standards. We just flow with the tide with little or no worry about the direction in which it is headed. Were  it not so, we would have reminded ourselves of those principles and aspirations which propelled and guided us while we campaigned for various elective positions. With the conclusion of the elections, you would expect that Nigerians will remind themselves of the demands they made of the power-seekers. But we seem to have forgotten so soon. What matters now are the spoils of office. Attention has shifted to who gets what.

At the state level, the governors-elect, we are told, have been besieged by job seekers. Fortune hunters are falling over themselves to get attention. Nobody is asking questions. Nobody is considering or even trying to remember what those who have been elected said they would do if given the opportunity to serve. We have conveniently forgotten that. We are rather focusing attention on what we will get as individuals, not what the state will benefit as a collective. With that willful forgetfulness or selectiveness, we have, without knowing it, given the newly elected office holders a blank cheque. They can throw their promises overboard because no one is ready to interrogate them on the matter.

At the national level, strategic realignments are taking place. It is expected that the president will go to work with a new cabinet. Consequently, emergency experts are on the prowl. They are hawking their credentials and advertising their expertise all in the bid to have their own chunk of the national cake.

The National Assembly is a different ball game. The race for the leadership of the legislature has begun in earnest. The offices of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives are the most coveted. The majority party is working hard to reward its deserving loyalists with these plum positions. But there is a more delicate issue of geopolitical consideration. There have been suggestions that tended to give the impression that some elements in this country are not being mindful of regional or geopolitical equity. That is why names like Femi Gbajabiamila intrude into the scene when we are talking about who becomes the Speaker of the House of Representatives. We do not need to waste our time or dissipate energy on this. With Prof Yemi Osinbajo as Vice President, a south westerner cannot occupy the office of the president of the senate or speaker of the House of Representatives. You cannot overload one geopolitical zone with coveted positions when there are zones that are yet to be accommodated in the scheme of things.

Under the present All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Muhammadu Buhari, the north west and south west are already settled. Legislators from these two zones therefore have no business aspiring to take up leadership positions in the National Assembly. Those touting Gbajabiamila or any other south westerner as a possible speaker of the House are overreaching themselves. The quest is simply pig-headed.

If the APC wants to run an inclusive government as President Buhari has pledged, then it must appreciate the imperative of giving the south east a voice in the administration. One of the surest ways of doing this is to give the zone the opportunity to head either chamber of the National Assembly. If the south east does not get the office of the senate president for any reason, then the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives must not elude it. Anything short of that will be mere window-dressing.

In all of this, one thing appears to have gone to seed. We are no longer talking about issues. We are no longer concerned about the agenda or programmes on which the elections were fought. Before the elections, the hottest issue before us was restructuring. Progressive-minded groups and individuals were almost unanimous in the demand for a restructured Nigeria. The south and middle belt of the country chorused it like a mantra. The Atiku presidential aspiration got a huge boost on account of this. Needless to say that Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum as well as the Middle Belt Forum were not attracted to Buhari’s second term bid because of his distaste for restructuring.

However, regardless of our preferences, Buhari was declared winner in the elections. And in about two months from now, he will begin a fresh tenure. Are Nigerians, by their actions and inactions, saying that it is all over? Since we must assume that majority of Nigerians voted for Buhari, including the proponents of restructuring, is it not within their right to ask Mr. President to adjust his preferences to be in tune with the wishes and aspirations of the people?

The questions we should really be asking ourselves are: what has become of the clamour for restructuring? Is it gone with the winds? Has the ovation petered out? Is the idea dead with the return of Buhari? If we are serious as a people, we will hold the president accountable in this matter. We will not let the issue die because we know the president is not properly disposed to it. To capitulate on the matter because of the outcome of the presidential election is not in the best interest of our tomorrow as a people and as a country. A restructured Nigeria is not just imperative, it is urgent.

Now that Buhari has got his second and last tenure, the time has come for him to put Nigeria first. He must put national interest above clan, region or religion. That new orientation should begin now. He must help to put in place a National Assembly leadership that will think Nigeria first by being properly disposed to a restructured Nigeria. As a matter of fact, that should be the president’s preoccupation this time around.

Congratulations, Gov. Ugwuanyi

The governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, is basking in double celebration. Penultimate week, he earned his well-deserved second term as governor. And only last Wednesday, he was celebrated by friends and associates on his birthday.

Ugwuanyi’s victory in the March 9 governorship election in Enugu state is epochal. He was reelected unopposed. And this happened in a country where elections to the coveted office of governor are fiercely fought. Whereas gladiators lined up in other states of the federation with a strong determination to outdo one another, all the governorship candidates of all but one political party withdrew for Ugwuanyi. They asked him to return to the seat without opposition. That spoke volume. It is a measure of the goodwill that the governor enjoys among the people of Enugu State and beyond.

It was therefore to be expected that the governor’s birthday, coming at a time the people have expressed absolute confidence and support for him, calls for more than ordinary celebration. The governor deserves all the accolades he is getting. I join all men and women of goodwill to wish him a happy birthday and a more glorious ride on Fortune’s Wheel.

This column originally appeared in today’s edition of Daily Sun. Amanze Obi can be reached via


Source News Express

Posted 28/03/2019 6:50:58 PM





You may also like...
Nigerian Navy cracks down on fake maritime outfits...

NANS warns National Assembly against playing politics with...

UNIILORIN is a university of first choice —VC...

Veteran actress Liz Benson bounces back

Abe to Ogoni: Don’t shy away from politics...

Why we endorsed Jimi Agbaje as Lagos guber...

Osun 2018: INEC takes campaign against vote buying...

Lagos issues 14-day ultimatum to unregistered orphanage homes...

Saraki receives music star Patoranking, says National Assembly...

JAMB bans pens, wristwatches in UTME centres

Nigeria eyes $5bn annual cassava export

Niger warns against hoarding of food items


Latest News Obi, Adegboruwa, Okei-Odumakin, Maidugu electrify audience at 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture 2019 Presidential Election: Why we dismissed Atiku’s petition against Buhari — Supreme Court Delta Guber: Okowa floors Ogboru at Appeal Court Nine-year-old genius set to graduate from university Dismissed soldier, two-month-old baby detained for alleged armed robbery ICPC Uncovers N12bn Salary Fraud in MDAs Nigerian surgeons rescue bricklayer with hammer stuck in his neck Confessions of a Church General Overseer: Why I started selling unborn babies Suspension of Obaseki, others null and void – South-South APC Bayelsa Election: APC Is Still In Race, Says Oshiomhole NAF jets track down fleeing terrorists in Borno Guber Election: Cover your faces in shame, Kogi PDP tells APC leaders •Tells Kogi people not to be deceived


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (562,229 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (452,048 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (401,076 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (335,311 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (303,390 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (280,379 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (258,659 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (256,806 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (238,302 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (224,658 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,241 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (198,001 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (108) Business & Economy (4,569) Business Verdict (86) Columnists (1,143) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (703) Features (844) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (67) International (4,206) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (481) News (53,962) Opinion (1,418) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,729) Religion (1,119) Sports (2,224) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera