Restructuring: Nigeria needs a President, a Prime Minister – Adeboye tells Buhari

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye, has advised the Federal government to move for restructuring to squash the several calls for secession by various groups.

He advised while speaking at the Symposium organized by Nehemiah Leadership Institute and RCCG on Saturday for the 60th Independence Day Celebration.

According to the cleric, President Buhari must carry out the restructuring “as soon as possible” to avoid the breakup of the ethnic groups agitating.

The 78-year-old also suggested the country should adopt a merger of the American government system and the British system of government.

“Why can’t we have a system of government that will create what I will call the United States of Nigeria? Let me explain. We all know that we must restructure. It is either we restructure, or we break. You don’t have to be a prophet to know that one. That is certain – restructure, or we break up.

“Now, we don’t want to break up, God forbid. In the restructuring, why don’t we have a Nigerian kind of democracy? At the federal level, why don’t we have a President and a Prime Minister?

“If we have a President and a Prime Minister and we share responsibilities between these two so that one is not an appendage to the other. For example, if the President controls the Army and the Prime Minister controls the Police. If the President controls resources likes oil and mining and the Prime Minister controls finance and inland revenue, taxes, customs, etc. You just divide responsibilities between the two.

“At the state level, you have the governor and the premier, and the same way, you distribute responsibilities these people in such a manner that one cannot really go without the other. Maybe we might begin to tackle the problems.

“If we are going to adopt the model, then we need to urgently restore the House of Chiefs. I have a feeling that one of our major problems is that we have pushed the traditional rulers to the background, and I believe that is a grave error.

“Without any doubt, we must restructure and do it as soon as possible. A United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure,” Adeboye said.

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