Adeboye: Restructure Nigeria now or risk breakup

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General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has joined Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to warn the Federal Government of Nigeria of impending break up of the country, unless urgent steps were taken to address cracks threatening the country’s unity. His warning is coming, six days after the Vice-President and SGF, alerted the government to the explosive cracks emerging on the nations walls.

At a church service held to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja on Sunday, September 27, Osinbajo had harped on the need for Nigerians to consistently pray to prevent the country from breaking up.

He said; “Fortunately for us, our walls are not yet broken but there are obvious cracks that could lead to a break if not properly addressed.

“Nehemiah started with fervent prayers, seeking the face of God and pleaded with his king to allow him return to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls because wall signifies peace, security, contentment and prosperity. It signifies the essence of the state of the nation.

Osinbajo who was represented by Mustapha at the event, said; “There’s an urgent need for a Nehemiah in our country, Nigeria, today. And like Nehemiah faced opposition in his efforts to rebuild the walls, any Nigerian that desires to rebuild Nigeria must also be ready to face stiffer opposition, which will come in torrents. It can only be diffused by consistent focus and prayers,” he said.

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Speaking at a 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium co-organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and, curiously, the Nehemiah Leadership Institute held on Saturday, October, 3, Pastor Adeboye noted that the restructuring of the country must be done “as soon as possible” to forestall a breakup of the various social-ethnic components that make up Nigeria, saying that the United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure.

‘Where will Nigeria be in 2060?,” asked Adeboye rhetorically and, in answer, proposed the adoption of a merger of the British style of government and the American system of government to pave the way for Nigeria’s future.

“Why can’t we have a system of government that is 100 per cent Nigerian, unique to us? For example, we started on with the British system of government, somewhere along the line, we moved over to the American system of government. Can’t we have a combination of both and see whether it could help us solve our problems because in Mathematics if you want to solve a problem, you try what we call Real Analysis, then if it doesn’t work, then you move on to Complex Analysis and see whether that will help you. If that fails, you move on to Vector Analysis and so on.

“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.

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“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 the 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.”

“Without any doubt, we must restructure and do it as soon as possible. The United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure,” he concluded.