As campaigns officially commence ahead of the 2023 elections, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to restructure Nigeria and devolve power for the benefit of federating units.
Atiku’s remarks are the most recent in a series of demands for a federalist fiscal restructuring of Nigeria’s government and the devolution of several powers currently under the sole control of the federal government.
Because Nigeria is experiencing more serious national security issues, policing is presently at the top of the list of items that restructuring proponents want federating units to have power over.
And the former vice president declared that his government would reconstruct the nation if elected in February next year.
“There is over-concentration in the Federal Government with multiple duplications of agencies leading to the creation of parallel bureaucracies,” Atiku said in a broadcast late Wednesday.
“The federating units shall benefit from the devolution of powers to increase their productive capacity for synergy and collaboration with each other.”
“Nigerian people are excellent supporters and team players in a leadership environment that is open, friendly, and merit-based. We have the will and determination not only to promote the pursuit of happiness but also the actual attainment of happiness and the good life in an egalitarian society.
“These hallmarks of our civilisation require that we restructure Nigeria in every facet of endeavour, open up the democratic space and mobilise our collective energy towards full-scale economic production,” Atiku stated.
Atiku said he comes with a “strong determination to rescue Nigeria and her people and rebuild the now broken bridges of brotherhood which our founding fathers laboured to erect”.
He also criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming it had failed to bring Nigerians together.
“Our experience in the past seven years under the government of APC has made us doubt our strength as a people,” he added.
“In fact, it is safe to say that the greatest thing that the APC government will be remembered for is how it failed to maintain the integrity of our unity, how it has put a knife between the things that hitherto held us together.”
The PDP candidate, however, said he is “determined to restore hope, rebuild our broken fabrics, reverse the locust years of bleeding of our commonwealth, and place Nigeria on the world map”.