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Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 16, 2019, 07:10:15 PM
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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has expressed fears that Nigeria may experience the Brexit experience, unless youths in the country are given political education to make them understand the issue of restructuring.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a cross-section of Nigerians has been clamouring consistently for Nigeria’s restructuring as basis for national cohesion, progress and peaceful co-existence.

Fashola was speaking as guest speaker at the 76th anniversary of the Island Club in Lagos at the weekend.

According to him, Nigerian youths need to be given the right political education to help them understand the issue of restructuring, to avert the Brexit experience.

Brexit refers to the decision by some people in Britain for the country to leave the European Union (EU), a choice that has thrown the country into confusion.

Fashola argued that the quest for better life had resulted in relentless agitations by some Nigerian groups pushing diverse ideologies in their demands for restructuring.

He said that Britain was currently grappling with the problem of whether to stay in the EU or not because the youth segment of the population did not fully understand the implications of the referendum they participated in.

The minister stressed the need for adequate education of the younger segment of the Nigerian population to ensure that right choices were made in repositioning the nation’s diversity to avoid the Brexit experience.

Fashola noted, however, that he was speaking in his capacity as a member of the Island Club and not as a member of the Federal Executive Council or the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Speaking on “Restructuring: Lessons from Brexit,” Fashola gave a detailed history of the evolution of the United Kingdom, which he said, was similar to Nigeria’s 1914 amalgamation that merged the Northern and Southern Protectorates.

He explained that the insatiable quest for better life was the root of the clamor for restructuring in Nigeria, noting that measures to create new identities had compounded problems throughout human history.

The senior advocate of Nigeria argued that young people, who were not aware of the history of the emergence and evolution of Britain voted in favor of leaving the EU without understanding or weighing its implications, resulting to the current logjam.

He pointed out that ignorance of voters had left Britain in a difficult position of taking a decision whether to leave or not, which had led to the exit of three prime ministers with no headway in sight.

The senior lawyer warned proponents of restructuring in Nigeria to make their definitions clear and to also educate youths on the implications of their choices to avoid retrogression in Nigeria.

Fashola noted that there had been confusion in the restructuring agitation with people clamouring variously for confederation, secession, constitutional amendment and state police, among others, adding that restructuring in whatever guise must be made clear to youths.

“Let us decompose that word and let everybody be specific. There is so much confusion. Don’t hide restructuring under one word. Bring it out, so that we know what to choose.

“Some people are calling for parliamentary system of government. The new generation must be told that it was the parliamentary system that caused crisis which was difficult to resolve and which led us into civil war.

“Where people are diverse, a federation is better. There is a great deal of work to be done by the protagonists.’’

Fashola listed countries that broke up without being able to resolve the issues of separation to include Yugoslavia, Sudan, the Soviet Union, North and South Korea, warning against agitations to split Nigeria.

The minister said there were currently 86 unresolved boundary disputes as a result of state creations in the country, explaining that the Federal Government was still building secretariats for some new states.

Fashola said that sometimes the fears of over concentration of powers in the central government was not real, citing various processes, including budgeting that depended on other arms of government for approval.

He said that the Federal Government was being blamed for all problems, ranging from education to other sectors dominated by states or the private sector.

“One of the items on restructuring is that we want quality education.

“The default argument for poor quality education is government but I say, it is true to the extent that government is the regulator.

“It licenses. It approves, sets and enforces standards but today the records indicate that there are about 165 universities in Nigeria.

Forty three belong to the Federal Government, 47 belong to State Governments and 75 are private.’’

Fashola said there were constitutional provisions already for distribution of equal opportunities, citing the 13 per cent revenue allocation for mineral producing areas as an example.

The minister said that the constitution could show direction but that Nigerians must imbibe the right attitude for it to work.

“A good document not backed by the right attitude does not take a people far. If anything really needs restructuring, it must start with us as a people, with our attitude and with our mindset.

“Better life does not necessarily exist in a new document without a right political education; a change of attitude and an inflexible commitment to the public rule.’’

Fashola, however, supported calls for state police but stated that Nigeria missed the opportunity to have it because people did not follow up with it at various levels of government.

Also speaking, a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, said that experience had shown that “where you have injustice, humans will resist and opt for their independence”.

He called for equal opportunities to remove increasing inequalities and endless agitations for session in the country.

The Chairman of the Island Club, Mr Philip Abumere, lauded Fashola for his commitment to nation building, citing the minister’s strides when he was governor of Lagos State. (NAN)


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Re: Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 16, 2019, 07:32:13 PM
It is unfortunate that "learned" men like Fashola would speak in ways that portray restructuring as some kind esoteric term unknown in politics.

He speaks as if to frighten Nigerians about the prospects of restructuring, and what it can do to Nigeria, as if only a Brexit nightmare would arise out of such exercise. That is very unfortunate indeed.

But, what worries me more, is that while the Fasholas of Nigeria paint a Brexit nightmare picture of restructuring without his so called "education of Nigerian youths", Nigeria may (and in fact is likely if nothing is done quick) face a Yugoslavia scenario where violence and war crimes were used to forcefully break up the country.

Yugoslavia was also a "federation" but it still didn't stop its violent disintegration.

BTW Yugoslavia used to be one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, but it still disintegrated: violently.

Which means that a country needs more than beauty to endure and thrive in peace and unity.
A country needs HONESTY first, before anything else.

A country can present itself as a beautiful edifice, but if the country fails to HONESTLY address its political issues, the country will disintegrate.

At this point I need to say what I deeply believe in, and what I have not said here in a long time:
I deeply believe that Nigeria has the potential to be the greatest country in the world if her internal contradictions are honestly addressed.

When I was a child, we used to sing this song "Nigeria is a promised land. Africa, a great continent. We are marching on to take our place among all the nations of the world!".  That song has never left my heart till date.

So, Nigeria's potential greatness is AMAZING , to me.

But it is even more amazing to me that she has failed so dramatically.

Today, a single ethnic group is trying everything possible to pocket this potentially great country, to effectively destroy (because that single ethnic group can NEVER in a million years make Nigeria great due to its own backward tendencies) Nigeria's dreams of greatness.

There was a time I used to think that such a thing would never happen in Nigeria, but with what I've seen in the so called house of reps, only a fool would believe that the future is bright for Nigeria without a political restructuring.

Fashola pretends that Nigerians have never agreed on a document, but that betrays his dishonesty, because the 2014 National Conference document is still there gathering dust.

Nothing short of the recommendations of that conference would do.

So, Fashola can keep trying to muddy the waters, but some of us are catfish; we actually live in mud waters!  :))

Re: Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : November 16, 2019, 09:31:56 PM
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Also speaking, a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, said that experience had shown that “where you have injustice, humans will resist and opt for their independence”.

He called for equal opportunities to remove increasing inequalities and endless agitations for session in the country.


At every turn, almost every where there's injustice. Nepotism crept in, infringements on rights abound - hence the craving for change.

No matter how hard anyone tries, with the level of our education right now I don't think anyone can succeed in turning us against restructuring... If it happens, secession looms!

Things can't go on like this... Haba!

Re: Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : November 17, 2019, 04:49:16 PM
Fashola is not a good representative of the Yoruba race likewise so many people of the South in this current administration. They are afraid of the truth, a lot was wrong with the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914. The Bible talks about foundation that if it be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Nigeria's foundation was laid on falsehood by Lord Lugard.

Re: Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : November 17, 2019, 09:52:30 PM
Fashola is not a good representative of the Yoruba race likewise so many people of the South in this current administration. They are afraid of the truth, a lot was wrong with the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914. The Bible talks about foundation that if it be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Nigeria's foundation was laid on falsehood by Lord Lugard.

Ride on Pastor!

 :))

Should I raise the volume?

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