The former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole says he is convinced that the nation’s restructuring agenda is being pushed as a diversion from the anti-corruption fight of the government.
Oshiomhole added that the recommendations of the National Conference if implemented as a whole, will further compound the current discuss, while the current clamour for regions will create a fourth tier of government.
He made this known during an interview with Channels Television at Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State while analyzing the restructuring agenda.
“That conference which some people say once you implement it Nigeria’s problem will be solved, do you know what it recommends? Among its key recommendations was that eighteen additional states be created. Now some of the people who are signatory to that document are part of those who are arguing now that thirty six states are not viable and yet they want more states to be created. Yet others in the name of restructuring say we should return to regions – The geo political zones which are mere artificial creations just for the purpose of sharing, that they should have another layer of government at that level which effectively means creating four levels of government.
“I know that the real problem of Nigeria is not structural issues; there can be no perfect structure. Some speak to true federalism; whose truth? True by reference to which country,” he questioned.
“Every country has its own unique system fashioned to deal with its own peculiarities. The character of today’s Nigeria elite you can compare it with the days of the Awolowos, of the Sardaunas of Sokoto, of the Nnamdi Azikiwes. Those were real patriots, totally committed.
“They were not in power for purposes of self-help. The condition we are in today, for me I think what we need to interrogate today is how do we need to re-orientate ourselves? Poverty of values, absence of ethics, anything goes,” he added.