According to reports, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator John Owan-Enoh, has queried Nigeria’s federalism, saying all is not well with the way it is being operated.
Owan-Enoh said clamours by some groups including the Indigenous People of Biafra, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, Oodua Peoples Congress and violent agitation by the Niger Delta Avengers were indications that all was not well.
Speaking in Calabar on Thursday during the opening ceremony of an international seminar on ‘Re-visiting the structural foundation of Nigeria federalism’ organised by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Calabar, the lawmaker said no agitation for true federalism should not be swept under the carpet.
He said, “If after many years of independence, we are still talking about Nigeria’s federalism, it means there is something untrue about the federalism. We read and heard that there was a time when regional control was important and applicable but suddenly we can no longer talk about it anymore and the result is that there is price to pay. The fact that was a court judgement on resource control means all is not well.”
The seminar was attended by UNICAL’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu; Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN); Director of Academic Planning, UNICAL, Dr. Donald Enu and Dean of School of Oceanography, Prof. Emil Asuquo, among others.
Erokoro also noted that the clamour by prominent Nigerians, including a former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the restructuring of the country was something that should not be ignored.
“Political leaders have vested interest in terms of restructuring but the youths who have nothing at stake should propel the agenda for restructuring,” he added.