Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, said for Nigeria to develop and realise its potentials, the country must be restructured.
Dogara argued that to restructure, there must be wide consultations among the leaders of the various regions in the country.
He stated this when he received a delegation led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, from Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum comprising of leaders of Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt Forum.
The Speaker also noted that Nigeria is currently undergoing an epidemic of sycophancy where agents of government that should work for the common good of people interpret what they see as the position of the political leaders and take actions based on pleasing them.
“I have said it before somewhere that in this country, we are in the midst of an epidemic of sycophancy. Where we have leadership, the tendency has always been to look at the leader and interpret what he wants and it is what the leader wants that is done and not what is right and that is an attitude that we will have to change as a people for true progress to come to us.
“Unfortunately, we are in an era in this country where the truth is becoming very, very scarce. They call it post truth era. That is the challenge, but if we fail to discover the truth, nothing will ever work. I hope that in this journey, you will discover the truth, we are committed to discovering and we will put them through the legislative mill,” he said.
He however charged all Nigerians to be citizens of democracy and work actively to ensure that democracy works in the country, and assured that the House would work closely with the delegation to meet their demands of restructuring the country.
Speaking on why he supports restructuring, the speaker said it would make Nigeria to be more productive but there must be consensus among leaders of all the regions of the country on the nature of the restructuring.
He stated that, “Restructuring, for most of us, is something that we must undertake as a country and I am not saying this because I want to please you, because our leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, strongly made a case for restructuring. I am saying so because there is no enlightened person at this time, on the streets of Nigeria that will fault the idea of restructuring. None. Maybe it was because of the way it was presented and packaged that led to fear for certain sections of this country. Obviously, you should understand that.
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