A group, the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations, has advocated restructuring of the country as the solution to its problems.
The group’s acting chairman, Mr. Linus Okoroji, who addressed reporters at a press conference in Ilupeju, Lagos, to herald the celebration of the June 12 anniversary, said: “It is our considered view that restructuring of the Nigerian polity is the true answer to the myriad of challenges besieging the country.
“There are crimes of all sorts all over the place, through the North East, North West, North Central, South West, South East and South South – insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, farmers/herdsmen clashes, armed robbery, oil pipeline vandalism and ritual killings, resulting in deaths of innocent citizens and destruction of properties worth billions.
“Therefore, we at the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations are left with no option, but to insist that only the return to federalism, as practised prior to the incursion of military adventurists into our country’s political life, can set Nigeria back to the path of glory, progress, stability and prosperity”.
Okoroji said the Federal Government should set up a constituent committee to review and harmonize the various national conferences’ reports to date, including the PRONACO draft constitution, and issue a white paper for the implementation of the recommendations for a democratic Nigeria.
On the increasing level of poverty in the country, Okoroji said the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations is of the conviction that only a functional educational system complemented by the requisite vocational training and acquisition of skills “can equip our youths with the much needed expertise needed to weather the storm of unemployment in an ever-changing world.”
The general secretary, Mr. Nelson Ekujumi, said states should be allowed to manage their resources as it was done in the First Republic, adding that this would enhance development.