Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?
One of the key issues expected to dominate discourse in Nigeria for many years to come is “Restructuring” .
Few hours away from 2018, Alternativeafrika revisits one of the many series of debate about restructuring in Nigeria organised by the Chatham House in London.
In the first of a series of meetings at Chatham House, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai explains what restructuring means, discusses key points in the debate, and discuss the implications and hurdles of achieving ‘true federalism’ in Nigeria.
Economic stress and political uncertainty in Nigeria, together with multiple localised violent conflicts and the rise of divisive rhetoric, have reignited debate in the country on how power and resources are shared and managed across the federation of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.
Regardless of ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status, some citizens are calling for a comprehensive rethink of Nigeria’s governance architecture, and are demanding that a process of ‘restructuring’ takes place. Others argue that improving the current model is crucial before pursuing anything new.
It remains unclear exactly what restructuring would involve, what the consequences could be, and how it could be properly and peacefully implemented. Fractious politics and competing interests risk muddying the waters of the current debate.
In the first of a series of meetings at Chatham House, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State and chairperson of the All Progressives Congress’s committee on restructuring, explains what restructuring means, discusses key points in the restructuring debate, and discuss the implications and hurdles of achieving ‘true federalism’ in Nigeria.
Video and text courtesy of Chatham House, London.