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Catholic priest calls for restructuring

Ahead of his 75th birthday lecture schedule for this month, Vicar-General, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and Parish Priest, St Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja, Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Aniagwu, has joined others to call for the restructuring of Nigeria to give room for competitive economic advantage.
Aniagwu, who faulted the current constitution, said that it is flawed and not good for today’s Nigeria, insisting that restructuring is the only viable way for Nigeria’s development and stable polity otherwise the country will continue to go in circles.
He said: “the current constitution was made for the elite and not for the ordinary Nigerians. It is a constitution that made the political class a master class and the citizens as subservient servants. That is where we should start. It is a constitution that vests too much power at the center and renders the states beggarly. They call it restructuring, I am all for it.”
He added that in the past when power was vested in the regions, the regions did many things for themselves because there was healthy competition. That was before the military intruded into the political scene, noting that the way things are now only very few states in Nigeria are viable. “Let me tell you, if they do not receive subvention from Abuja, the states are as good as gone,” he noted.

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