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Obasanjo Goes Against Buhari Over Restructuring

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has opposed President Muhammadu Buhari, as he warned that Nigeria should not turn its back on the clamour for restructuring.

Obasanjo said this yesterday at a Convocation Lecture organised by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The former president is among 14,771 students set for graduation from NOUN today, after he recently defended his PhD. thesis on Christian Theology.

Speaking on restructuring, he warned that it is wrong not to give listening ears to the calls for it. He said restructuring will unify the country more as those who are crying will feel a sense of belonging. It would be recalled that Buhari had on his New Year Day speech openly rejected the calls for restructuring.

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Obasanjo said, “Some people have to lay it open. So, let us lay it open. And I’m happy this forum has laid it open.” 

Professor Obasanjo said after the guest lecturer, Eghosa Osaghae, finished delivering his lecture titled: “Restructuring and True Federalism: Nigeria in Perspective.”

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Professor Osaghae, Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, earlier noted that, “Federalism is true when it is appropriate and able to serve purposes for which it is adopted and untrue when it is not able to do so.”

He, however, warned that federalism is “a delicate system whose efficacy or success cannot be guaranteed, as evidenced by the travails and threats that several federations go through and the higher number of them that failed.”

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