Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has opened up on the restructuring agenda as he said that he doesn’t believe in true federalism and that at the moment state governors are more powerful than the President.
Obasanjo made this statement while speaking with African arguments, a news platform.
He said: “I don’t believe in true federalism. What is true federalism? “Why are they not accountable? What powers do they not have? In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth, If anybody tells you they want devolution or true federalism, he doesn’t know what he is talking about. The fact anybody talks about it doesn’t mean it’s right.” he said.
He also went further to say that President Buhari hasn’t done enough on unemployment and the recent recession.
According to him, Buhari has tried in the area of agribusiness, but not enough. It is not yet enough to prepare the ground for uninhibited growth of the economy, which we need”.
I believe that President Buhari can do more for the youths in area of empowerment. All youth in Nigeria have legitimate reasons to feel frustrated and angry, if youth empowerment, skill acquisition and youth employment – education are provided the ticking bomb of possible youth explosion out of restiveness and anger will subside.”
He went on to say that many of those who are agitating or protesting for the sovereign state of Biafra do not know why they are doing so. “The protesters don’t even know what the struggle is all about, but if it gives them false hope, why not hang onto it?”
“Let the elders handle it or ignore it until it loses momentum, there are elders in any community who are still respected. After all, they’re their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and can still be used effectively.” he said.