Dr Obiora Okonkwo said that restructuring Nigeria will make struggling for positions at the centre less attractive and bring out full potential of states.
Okonkwo has made this known in Nsukka, Enugu State, when he delivered the 2018 Public Lecture of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
The lecture is titled:” The Value of Diversity: Restructuring To Save Nigeria.”
The lecturer said: “When the country is restructured, it will make positions at the centre less attractive, and bring out states’ potential.
“The present situation where states depend on Federal Government to pay salary and carry out development projects will not be sustainable when revenue from oil stops.
“Restructuring will make states more viable and strengthen the unity in diversity of the country.
“Nigeria witnessed the first restructuring in 1914, through the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria by Lord Lugard
“The only thing is that the restructuring of 1914, 1922, 1946, and other constitutional restructuring by the colonial masters, Nigerians did not make contributions.
“Nigerians should erase every fear of unknown to restructure the county, as it is not dividing the country, but making the country more viable and more united.
“With restructuring, states will have more autonomy and responsibilities which will enable them to pursue and fast-track development.
“Our federation need to be unbundled so that the Federal Government will focus on defence, legal tender, immigration and few others.
“United States became a stronger nation after it was restructured, the same will happen to Nigeria, as restructuring brings the best out of any country.”
Okonkwo, who holds a doctorate degree in political science, expressed appreciation to the Faculty of Social Sciences for finding him worthy to deliver the lecture.