Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed agitators for true federalism in Nigeria, saying “they don’t know what they are talking about”. Obasanjo said state governors, who had joined the call for restructuring of the federation, have failed to meaningfully use their political power.
“I don’t believe in true federalism. What is true federalism?”, Obasanjo asked.
“Why are they (the state governors) not accountable? What powers do they not have? They have power.
“In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth.
“(So) if anybody tells you they want devolution or true federalism, he doesn’t know what he is talking,” he said.
The former Nigerian leader also dismissed the secessionist agitators and said south-east leaders could better handle the growing restiveness in the region.
“The protesters don’t even know what the struggle is all about, but if it gives them false hope, why not hang onto it?
“Let the elders handle it (the secessionist agitations) or ignore it until it loses momentum. There are elders in any community who are still respected… After all, they’re their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and can still be used effectively,” Obasanjo added.