All Advocates of restructuring were told yesterday to take it easy. Their “agitation” and “provocative rhetorics” cannot achieve their dream, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) said. He warned those behind the quest for restructuring to avoid demonstrations because “it is a complex process.”
He said although Nigeria’s federal system had been experiencing challenges, its reforms could not be done in one fell swoop. Besides, democratic means should be deployed to reform the federal system, according to Malami. In his view, the abolishment of states through restructuring will have multiplier effects on the nation. Such effects, according to him, include downsizing of the National Assembly and abolishing State Houses of Assembly.
Malami made the submissions in an address at a one-day think tank conference in Abuja , which was organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). The theme of the conference was “Federalism and the challenges of dynamic equilibrium in Nigeria: towards a national strategy.”