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Restructuring, only way to save Nigeria, says George

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Former Military Administrator of Ondo State, Commodore Olabode George (rtd), who also served in the Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) under the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, has said that restructuring is the only solution to Nigeria’s current challenges.

In a statement, yesterday, he said: “I write to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, as a former junior general on his recent statement about restructuring.

“My position here is without partisan or ethnic intimations. I bear no sectarian toga. My resolve is purely on the need to prevent the violent dissolution of the Nigerian entity.

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“It will be wrong and even cynical for anyone to pretend that the present Nigerian structure is smooth and without flaws. On the contrary, the very skewed structures are provoking everywhere the glaring indices of terror and widening chaos.

“Virtually, everyone is vulnerable. There are no safe havens anymore. The present policing architecture is obviously unsuitable to modern threats and challenges. Policing can no longer be centralised. This is one of the cardinal points why restructuring of the Nigerian state is important.”

IN a related development, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue states, Fatai Owoseni, yesterday, challenged governors, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and others to explore and test parts of the 1999 Constitution that hinder march to progress at the Supreme Court.

The former police chief said a greater part of the constitution had not been implemented, wondering why the call for a change when the document has not been fully tested.

Owoseni, who is the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, gave the charge at a one-day seminar in Ibadan organised by Oya Media Limited in conjunction with MacArthur Foundation.

He challenged governors and others to test some sections of the constitution hindering the country at the Supreme Court.

He also attributed the current situation to deceit, self-centeredness and manipulation by some politicians.

Another panelist, Dr. Oluwaseun Adeleke of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan (UI), called for modernisation of agricultural practices to tackle insecurity and enhance productivity.

While a security scholar at the UI, Dr. Dominic Danjibo, said insecurity in the North-East had reduced food production in the land, founder of OYA Media, Funmi Iyanda, who spoke virtually, said the main challenge in the country is insecurity, which had dovetailed into ethnicity and religious issues.

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