Review of our federal system can guarantee stability in Nigeria says Gowon
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, retd, has called for the review of the country’s Federal system in order to achieve stability and harmony.
General Gowon who noted that all was not well with Nigeria, also suggested that the implementation of the proposals made in the 2014 Confab report would engender peace and unity in the country.
He made the call at Araya, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State during the third session of the Sixth Synod of Oleh Diocese of the Anglican Communion.
Gowon equally stated that the provision of grazing reserves would not put an end to the menace of herdsmen across the country.
The ex-Head of State, who was represented at the event by a former Minister of Information and Culture, Prof Jerry Gana, spoke on the theme: Winning Together.
He observed that the 2014 confab had the best responses to the problems bedevilling Nigeria.
”Given the numerous cultural, political and historical diversities within the country, only a federal structure can provide a sustainable basis for our living in peace, security, and harmony. He said, adding; “To function well, our federal structure must be fair, balanced, equitable and functional. The federating units must be strong enough.”
“Beyond the issue of the fundamental structure of the federation in terms of the centre and federating units, we must agree together on the devolution of power from the centre to the federating units. This is the heart of the demand for restructuring. we must also justly and fairly resolve the very contentious issue of fiscal federalism especially in matters of revenue mobilization and resource ownership and control.” He further stressed.
General Gowon also said; “ The matter of who gets what, where and how much is everywhere in the world very fundamental. You cannot wish it away. Look at it now and resolve it justly, clearly and equitably so that we can live together in peace.”
“We asked for the kind of good leadership that produces good governance. Restructuring alone cannot do it. Proper allocation of resources cannot do it alone. We need good leadership because resources have to be used wisely, properly and with accountability.“ He emphasized.
He equally called on government to give top priority to matters of community peace and security, saying that grazing reserves were not the answer to the menace of herdsmen.