Why we must restructure Nigeria – Jang


A former Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North, Jonah Jang, said Nigeria is running a unitary system of government, hence the need for the country to be restructured.

Jang disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Jos.

“I am a disciple of restructuring. Because we cannot be calling ourselves a federation and yet we are running a unitary system, the two don’t walk together.

“If we want to run a federal system, then we should restructure the country.

“It is unfortunate that we in the military because I was also a military governor, we believe in unitary and that anytime we are in power, we run a unitary form of government. So, when we tried to give the nation a constitution, we didn’t really look deep into it and we ended up giving the nation a unitary constitution to be operated in a federal system, and that is why nothing is working”, he lamented.

“So I believe that in this country it is not just a matter of whether we like it or not, it must be restructured for the country to move forward”, the Jang stressed.

On calls by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida advising, President Buhari, not to seek re-election, the former Governor said, “Every Nigerian has the right to air his view after all, the President did not bring himself to Aso Villa.

“He was elected so those people asking him not to re-contest, maybe voted for him and I believe they might have voted for him and they are just telling him that we cannot vote for you again. That is my way of understanding it, that is their opinion but the Nigerian voters would decide whether they want him or they don’t want him”, he explained.

When asked whether he thinks President Buhari has done well to deserve re-election; Jang said, “When we were doing well did they tell us we have done well?

“We that even performed, they are pursuing us all over the place, but they are not performing, everybody knows that”.

“This is democracy, are those individuals advising him not part of the electorates? They are expressing their views.

“Some would not talk but express it through voting, they have decided to express theirs through verbal or written communication and may also express it when it comes to the time to vote if he decides to re-contest”, he stressed.


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