Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has advocated that the federal government must give more powers to the states as part of ways to combat insecurity in Nigeria.
The Governor submitted that what the country practices currently is more of a unitary system that concentrates more power in the central government.
He however noted that with the size and composition of Nigeria, it is clear that such a system can’t work effectively.
The Oyo State Governor observed that states should be in control of their natural resources and security architecture.
Makinde made the submission on Tuesday while speaking at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, during his keynote address at the maiden Seyi Makinde National Democracy Summit.
In his words, “As we continue to deliberate on the future of democracy in Nigeria, let us remember that true federalism is the way forward. Restructuring the Nigerian state, and giving the federating units more powers is the route to economic prosperity.
“We are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but our federalism exists in name only. Students of political history will tell you that what we have been practising is, in fact, a unitary system of government – where more powers are concentrated in the central government.
“There is so much power at the centre and another thing that our political theorists will tell you is that by nature, a unitary system of government is better suited for small countries, maybe countries with flat ethnic nationalities.
“Nigeria is not a small country and very diverse. You can easily identify why we are experiencing developmental challenges across the board. We are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
“For true federalism to thrive, the federating units should have more powers and autonomy. The legislature is also fighting for autonomy, which has shown that we have to devolve.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has deactivated his Twitter account.
Sharing a screenshot of his deactivated account on Facebook, Malami restated his stand on the ban of the micro-blogging site.
He wrote, “My Twitter Account Deactivated”.
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