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Restructure Nigeria or risk breakup, Adeboye tells Buhari

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to begin the restructuring of the country or risk secession.

He made the appeal on Saturday at a 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium co-organized by the church and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute.

The cleric noted that the immediate restructuring of the country will put an end to secession agitations and the economic challenges facing the nation. He added that the process will stop the breakup of the various socio-ethnic components that make up Nigeria.

He said: “I believe that we might want to look at the problems of Nigeria in a slightly different manner. Some people feel that all our problems will be over if Nigeria should break up. I think that is trying to solve the problems of Nigeria as if it is a Simple Equation. The problems of Nigeria will require quite a bit of Simultaneous Equation and some of them are not going to be Linear either – forgive me I am talking as a Mathematician.

“Why can’t we have a system of government that will create what I will call the United States of Nigeria? Let me explain. We all know that we must restructure. It is either we restructure or we break, you don’t have to be a prophet to know that one. That is certain – restructure or we break up.

“Now, we don’t want to break up, God forbid. In restructuring, why don’t we have a Nigerian kind of democracy? At the federal level, why don’t we have a President and a Prime Minister?

“If we have a President and a Prime Minister and we share responsibilities between these two so that one is not an appendage to the other. For examples, if the President controls the Army and the Prime Minister controls the Police. If the President controls resources likes oil and mining and the Prime Minister controls finance and inland revenue, taxes, customs etc. You just divide responsibilities between the two.

“At the state level, you have the governor and the premier, and the same way, you distribute responsibilities between these people in such a manner that one cannot really go without the other. Maybe we might begin to tackle the problems.”

Adeboye said Nigeria should develop a system that is unique to it, adding that the country should continue to attempt different forms of government until it finds one that works for it.

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