Tunde Bakare, founder of Citadel Global Community Church, Lagos, has said the restructuring of the country’s federal system will guarantee security and prosperity for all Nigerians.
Bakare said this in his State of the Nation address to commemorate the Easter celebration.
According to the cleric, restructuring should not be seen as a threat to the unity of the nation.
“We have failed to realise that a strong federal government working with strong federating units can guarantee the security and prosperity of the Nigerian people.
“We have failed to appreciate the fact that coordinated governance by the different states in each of the geopolitical zones will enhance the security of Nigerians and bring our people out of poverty.
“This is the heart and soul of restructuring. Restructuring does not mean the dismemberment of the Nigerian state. It is not an attack on Nigerian unity. It does not mean disadvantaging any section of the country.”
Bakare attributed the rising level of insecurity in several parts of Nigeria to failure to restructure the country, saying that non-state actors have taken advantage of the situation and hijacked the political governance of the regions.
He said: “The greatest demand on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to facilitate the emergence of legitimate regional governance frameworks that can fill the vacuum and flush out the illegitimate structures.”
Bakare said he is forced to speak out because the current state of Nigeria does not reflect the President Muhammadu Buhari that he knows.
The cleric was the running mate to the then General Buhari for the 2011 presidential election under the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
“I am compelled to speak out at this point because, given the state of the nation, the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history. I am indeed compelled to speak out because Nigeria is in a state of emergency,” Bakare said.