Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria Mike Ozekhome has stated that none of the three major candidates for Nigeria’s presidential election can solve the country’s problems.
Ozekhome maintains that restructuring is the only solution to the nation’s pressing issues of insecurity, a faltering economy, poverty, and pessimism.
The senior attorney asserts that all other presidential candidates, including Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and others, would only attempt to alleviate Nigeria’s enormous challenges.
The well-known lawyer insisted that the problem in Nigeria was systemic because only structural change could bring about change.
During his speech on the following topic at the 2022 Independence Day Anniversary Lecture, the senior attorney made these statements:Nigeria is looking for a political structure that will last;imperative of structural reforms,” which was held in Abeokuta, the state capital, by the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
“Nigeria is looking for a political structure that will last;imperative of structural reforms,” which was held in Abeokuta, the state capital, by the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
He stated, “Our country is the root of virtually every potential problem:insecurity, a crumbling infrastructure, a failing public education system, a shattered economy exemplified by the free fall of the Naira and spiraling inflation, an unstoppable insurgency, etc.The list goes on and on: “Reforms at the meta-level would entail either embracing our defunct Prime Minister system of government or dismantling and recoupling several of the institutions that help or hinder us, including a serious re-examination of the 36 state structure as federating units vis-à-vis their fiscal/economic viability or their consolidation into six or more regions with economies of scale and higher investment rates;”multiple vice-presidencies, each with oversight powers over specific ministries to ensure equitable representation in the federal cabinet, each representing a region other than the president’s.
“The greatest difficulty lies in convincing a portion of the elite whose privileges are provided by the current system to support its dismantling into a system that may be advantageous to “society,” but may be disproportionately detrimental to their interests in the short term.
To put it another way, our situation is comparable to that of some western nations’ welfare systems.It has been designed and implemented for generations, but reforming it is difficult. It has become an unsustainable octopus of inefficiency.
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