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Restructuring: Buhari breaks silence, says Nigeria’s problem is process

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the major problem facing the country is the process rather than the structure.

This was the President submission during broadcast to Nigerians in his New Year speech, adding that there was clamour for the nation to return to the its abandoned parliamentary system of government. The call for restructuring of the country.

 

Buhari therefore urged Nigerians to allow the adopted system to grow and improve, noting that it may take long period.

The President’s statement came in response to trending clamour for call for restructuring and alteration of the of Nigeria’s structure, that it must return to true federalism.

“In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the ongoing debate about ‘restructuring.’

“No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments.

“We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities.

“When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

“We tried the parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the parliamentary structure.

“In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes.

“We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”

The President also cautioned on government spending and need to curtail extravagance, waste and for corruption to fade away, assuring Nigerians of his government readiness to take constructive ideas for the betterment, stability and peace of the country.

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