Atiku charges Nigerians to Disagree For National Unity
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has, in furtherance of the national discourse on restructuring, charged Nigerians not to be afraid to engage in disagreements especially when done via peaceful means, saying that it is indicative of a vibrant and living relationships.
the Turakin Adamawa further stated that national unity is however hinged on the ability of critical stakeholders to effectively manage those disagreements in peaceful and mature ways towards national Progress.
He made these remarks at the Public Presentation of the a book titled ‘Nigerian Federalism: Continuing Quest for Stability and Nation-Building’ edited by Okechukwu Ibeanu and Mohammad J. Kuna, in Abuja, yesterday.
He said: “National unity does not mean the absence of disagreement or agitations. In fact disagreements and peaceful agitations indicate vibrant and living relationships. The key to making national progress is to manage those disagreements in peaceful and mature ways.
” Political and civic leaders from across the country must come together, discuss, negotiate and make the necessary compromises and sacrifices needed to restructure our federation to make us a stronger, more united, productive, and competitive country. Perhaps we might start with making our grievances and fears apparent. When each section or party to a dispute airs its grievances and expresses its fears and concerns, the outcome may be better understanding by others, and a quicker route to a resolution or agreement. That’s perhaps how we should proceed with the much needed rebirth and renewal of our federation”.
While acknowledging that the concept of federalisms are works in progress with each nation working out what federal system is best suited for it, Atiku Abubakar challenged those who were against restructuring the country’s federal system as it currently stands, to show an example of countries that are “well-functioning” with a structure such as Nigeria.
” We have to acknowledge that federalisms are works in progress: there is no ideal federal system or so-called true federalism. Each nation has to work out the best federal system suited for it. In Nigeria’s case we must acknowledge that it is disingenuous if not outright dishonest to say that the system is not the problem.
” I challenge anyone who is against restructuring our federation to show me another well-functioning federal system in the world with that level of lopsided central dominance. Individuals operate within certain structural and institutional constraints. If all we lack are good operators, as these people argue, would anyone advocate doing away with constitutions altogether so we rely on fantastic individuals to do the right things.” he said.