What seems to be sounding louder by the day is the call for restructuring by various interest groups in Nigeria. The impression the agitators are giving is that the country is structurally lopsided to the extent that something urgent should be done, if the various ethnic, tribal, religious, economic and political interests are to continue co-habiting harmoniously. The issue now is how sincere or genuine are these agitations for restructuring?
On several occasions, I have had the cause to reflect over the current situation in our dear country. The economic condition seems to be biting harder by the day. Despite claims by relevant authorities to ameliorate the sufferings of the people, the high rate of unemployment, crime and criminality as well as inflation continues to be a source of nightmare for the people. Nigerians sleep with their stomachs empty.
What came as a mere rumour eventually became the talk of the town. Recently, some military officers were said to be planning to overthrow the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, by preventing him from becoming the substantive president, should anything happen to President Muhammadu Buhari, thus effecting a power-shift from the North to the South. President Buhari is currently in the United Kingdom for health reasons and has handed-over power to his deputy.
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Selecting a term
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