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Only restructuring can unite Nigeria-Sen Nwachukwu

Sen (Gen.) Ike Nwachukwu, rtd, Saturday said
that only restructuring can unite Nigeria, calling
for devolution of power at the centre to
improve security and Nigeria’s economy.
Ike Nwachukwu
He said this while delivering his speech as the
Chairman at Vanguard Personality of the Year
award at Eko hotels, Lagos.
According to him: “I join the call for the
restructuring of our country, to remain united
as a nation under God. We need to devolve the
over concentration of power at the centre,
whilst allowing the federating units more
autonomy. And just as we are seeking
devolution of powers to the state governments,
as federating units, from the centre, so should
the state governments guarantee the autonomy
of the local governments under them.”
“With the lead the Nigerian military had taken
regarding restructuring, it behooves Nigerians
and our politicians to deliver on the
restructuring of this country in order to have a
true federation, in which, no one is oppressed. I
believe that it is only when we achieve this,
can our country be stable, its security
guaranteed and its economy thriving for the
betterment of all.”
He also called for the respect of press freedom
and the rule of law. He said, “It becomes
absolutely imperative to protect the freedom of
the press and the rule of law. The people of our
country should, henceforth, be prepared to
defend that freedom; as indeed, we must obey
the rule of law, with all our might; if it is
actually, the desire of our people that
democracy should thrive and the laws of the
land respected.
He acknowledged Vanguard’s dogged fight for
good governance, social justice and voice of
the people, regardless of creed, colour, religion,
gender or ideology, while urging the media to
be the voice of the voiceless.
“The Nigerian media, particularly Vanguard
Newspapers, at whose invitation we are here
gathered today, should remain, fastidious in
guaranteeing that the people are heard so that
social justice be further engrained in our
society. Nigerian media should continue to be
the voice of the voiceless, the shield, the guard
of the tormented and the canon fire of the
oppressed, the deprived and the defenceless.”

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