Nigeria under-performing, lacking national cohesion like never before - Anyaoku

Nigeria under-performing, lacking national cohesion like never before - Anyaoku

- Chief Emeka Anyaoku says Nigeria is under-performing and lacking national cohesion like never before

- The elder statesman and former Common Wealth Secretary-General says to address the issue, Nigeria must restructure

- The retired diplomat pleaded with the federal government to reconsider its stance on the call for restructuring and return to true federalism

Elder statesman and former Common Wealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku says Nigeria is under-performing and lacking national cohesion like never before.

The retired diplomat, however, opined that to address the issue, Nigeria must restructure, even as he pleaded with the federal government to reconsider its stance on the call for restructuring and return to true federalism.

According to him, the current situation of the country can only be resolved by restructuring its present governance architecture.

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“Judged by all the relevant indices, Nigeria today is clearly under-performing and lacking national cohesion as never before.

“If our country is to succeed on the road to political stability and realisation of its rich development potential, it must, by restructuring its present governance architecture.

“It must return to the true federalism that it practiced in the years before the military intervened in our national politics,” Chief Anyaoku said at a symposium in Lagos on Tuesday, January 29.

He also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a credible exercise in the forthcoming general election.

According to him, the international community is watching to see how far the nation’s constitution is respected.

He said: “As our country is preparing for the general elections in two weeks time, I have three observations to address the Nigerian government, INEC and others.

“First, Nigeria’s friends and the whole of the international community are watching… watching the behaviour of federal government and its agencies, including especially the police, the army and the other law-enforcement instruments, to see how far we respect the country’s constitution.

“Our Nigerian government, like all other governments over the world, while of course guiding its sovereignty should pay heed to the views of the international community otherwise, the country will return to the pariah status which it happily exited in 1999 when it once more embraced democracy.

“My second observation is that INEC had earned deserved compliments for its commendable handling of the last gubernatorial elections in Ondo and Anambra states.

“But it must be admitted that it attracted criticisms for its conducting subsequent similar elections in both Ekiti and Osun.

“I urge INEC to remain aware of the fact that the credibility of the results of our forthcoming elections will depend on the level of impartiality and transparency it demonstrates in ensuring all aspects of the elections are free and fair, thereby making the results to truly represent the will of the people.”

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Meanwhile, thousands of Christians on Friday, January 25, gathered at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hall in Abuja to pray for the country’s leadership, peace and unity.

The prayer was organised by the Concerned Nigerian Christian’s Forum (CNCF), under the leadership of Mr. Isaac Balami.

Balami who is the coordinator of the CNCF, noted that the need to pray for the leadership of Nigeria has become imperative given the current challenges facing the country.

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