Restructuring: Derivation or Ownership? 2
An Illusion or Reality of Unity?

Restructuring: Derivation or Ownership 2

Restructuring: Derivation or Ownership 2: Questions & Answers.

“Federalism” and “restructuring” and related terms are all political jargon. It means they are not so easy to understand by non-specialists and are widely appreciated by assumption, not fact. Nigeria is a federal republic that practices federalism on paper. But is a unitary state in reality because it lacks the provision of autonomy for subnational or federating units. All advanced nations have undergone several phases of restructuring for political, economic or social reasons at different stages in their existence.

Many Nigerians are oblivious to the fact that the creation of Lower Niger protectorate by the British, the amalgamation of North and South Nigeria, the institution of the four colonial constitutions for Nigeria and ultimately Independence in 1960, where all cases of restructuring. Oil appears to be the only reason restructuring, or federalism looks strange to some in Nigeria. I shall now answer the questions raised in response to restructuring (non-technically): Derivation or Ownership?


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Nigeria is Designed to Be an Enduring Failure

Nigeria is Designed to Be an Enduring Failure

Nigeria’s failing as a nation is not the work of God. Nigerian political economist Claude Ake, with conviction, said there was never any design for Nigeria or Africa to be successful as modern societies. Not in economic or political sense. So many scoffed at him. Yet, he was not just right; he was visionary. Colonial powers are not that generous. Nigeria’s design was to fail. And some of its intellectual and political elites, more than anyone else, have been at the forefront of negotiating and perpetuating this unstoppable failure. The Nigerian intellectual elite love the chains of failure. For they guarantee their society’s failure as they ever profit big with ease from it. (more…)

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