The term restructuring has become a reoccurring decimal in our political space. Major stakeholders, political office holders, religious clerics and elder statesmen in the country have been championing the cause for restructuring Nigeria. Notable among the stakeholders is the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Recently, the Governors from South-south geo political zone also called for restructuring of Nigeria.
It is my opinion that behind these calls and agitations lies a confusion about the true meaning of restructuring. The so called proponents of restructuring have all failed to tell the nation the meaning of restructuring from their own perspective. In other words, they have not made public what they actually mean when they say “Nigeria must be restructured”.
The BBC dictionary defined restructuring as ‘a change in the way things are organized’. Other dictionaries define it as an alteration or reorganization of a structure. Among Nigeria’s calling for restructuring, some have defined it as true federalism while some, especially state Governors demand resource control by states as part of the restructuring process. Many also want to have a state controlled police. Clearly, not everyone defines it the same way.