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Why Nigeria’s restructuring won’t work, by varsity teacher

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An associate professor in the Faculty of Law, Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, Kingsley Okorie, has decried the absence of basic institutions that would guarantee restructuring of Nigeria.

Speaking to The Guardian in an interview in Owerri, yesterday, Okorie argued that Nigerians were not yet ready for restructuring, adding that the mistrust among the country’s ethnic nationalities was a major factor that would impede its restructuring.

He maintained that Nigeria was not yet ready for restructuring, because the basic institutions that would guarantee efficient restructuring were lacking, stressing that Nigerians needed to first and foremost, re-educate themselves and accept the reality that the political system being operated in the country was not working.

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“Again, mistrust still exists among Nigerians and that constitutes another major challenge. There is no trust among people of the North, South and the West. And we need trust, love for one another and unity to get things start working right again.

“These are some of our challenges and until we resolve them, we may not make progress, as far as restructuring is concerned. So for me, any attempt at restructuring now may amount to an exercise in futility,” he stated.

On agitations for judicial autonomy, he maintained that lack of will to implement the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) frustrated the move.

“The 1999 Constitution has made adequate provisions for judicial autonomy, but the challenge is that the will power to implement the provisions is not there”.

“There are express provisions on what the president and governors should do with regard to funding the judiciary. But they are not doing it, as they are only interested playing politics with it,” he added.

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