- Wole Soyinka has accused the National Assembly of being reluctant to make the restructuring of Nigeria a reality
- Soyinka said this is because many lawmakers are compromised already as they go for only their selfish interests
- The Nobel Laureate added that while the presidency is running from the responsibility, the legislature has the legal backing to do fellow citizens the favour
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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on the National Assembly to take the issue of national restructuring more serious as calls for the process among Nigerians increase.
Soyinka on Thursday, January 28, said if the presidency is yet to take the initiate, the onus falls on the legislature as a matter of urgent responsibility to restructure Nigeria, The Guardian reports.
The renowned southwest scholar said lawmakers in the country have the moral and constitutional power to effect the total change citizens are yearning for.
“The presidency is saying it is not my responsibility. On the other hand, the National Assembly keeps saying it wants the president to take action. When that happens, why doesn’t the National Assembly say ‘fine, we take this as our responsibility and we are obliged to the people who elected us here.
“If the Presidency is not responding, then the National Assembly has the powers and moral authority to respond to the desire of the populace.”
Soyinka added that the National Assembly has a lot of work to do in mounting pressure on the presidency but alleged that the sad truth is that lawmakers are rather more interested in belonging to committees where goodies are shared.
The professor claimed:
“Very often, they are struggling for those various committees where I think all the goodies are shared; so they are compromised...there are those who are purely for their own interest and who make compromises with the Executive simply because they want to fulfill their own personal interest."
Earlier, the presidency gave a very vital reaction to calls for national restructuring from prominent Nigerians and many socio-political groups.
Some of the persons who have been agitating for an overhauling of the current system are the former president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, a chieftain of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, and the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Audu Ogbeh.
A presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, who spoke on Thursday, January 21, on the issue, said only the National Assembly has the constitutional authority and power to effect restructuring.