The immediate-past President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has warned that Nigeria might run into a constitutional crisis if it fails to restructure before the 2023 general election as some sections of the country might boycott the polls as a result of the growing dissatisfaction in the land.
Nwodo, who spoke while delivering a pre-convocation lecture marking the 27th/28th convocation of the Abia State University, Uturu, said that only restructuring could guarantee Nigeria’s continued unity.
The former Information Minister insisted that ”Nigeria must restructure to give its component units sovereignty over its natural resources provided they pay a royalty or some form of taxation to the federal government to maintain federal responsibilities”.
He also stressed the need to maintain Nigeria’s secular configuration, give attention to agriculture and education with an emphasis on renascent digital orientation.
The former Aviation Minister warned that Nigeria’s disintegration was not unlikely if the above conditions were not met.
Nwodo regretted that the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), ”which promised restructuring in its manifesto, after six years and five months in office appointed to define what sort of restructuring it wants for Nigeria but failed to implement its recommendations which were adopted by its National Executive Committee”.
He also blamed the National Assembly for being passive over the growing clamour for restructuring in the country.
On the way forward, the former Ohanaeze helmsman proposed two models of a restructured Nigeria and canvassed the adoption of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference report.