The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to save Nigeria from breakup by restructuring it.
Adeboye, made the call at a symposium to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence co-organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday.
The symposium themed ‘Where will Nigeria be in 2060?’, had the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; former Governor of Cross River State and former presidential aspirant, Donald Duke and a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, in attendance.
Adeboye warned that Nigeria risks breaking up if it fails to restructure, adding that “You don’t have to be a prophet to know that one.”
The cleric stated that Nigeria need to adopt a system of government that will suite its socio-cultural and religious multiplicity.
Buhari and his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) prior to the 2015 general election, promised to restructure Nigeria if they are elected into office. It has been over 5 years after setting up a committee to that effect chaired by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, and nothing concrete has come out of it.
Adeboye, who is a former senior lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos proposed a blend of American and British styles of government, adding that “the problems of Nigeria will require quite a bit of simultaneous equation and some of them are not going to be linear either – forgive me I am talking as a mathematician.”
He emphasised that the combination of the American and British system will fit Nigeria, explaining that if there is a President and a Prime Minister, responsibilities could be shared between them such that one is not an appendage of the other.
The cleric continued by saying that the president could control the Army and resources like oil and mining, while the prime minister controls the police, and others such as finance, internal revenue, taxes and customs.
At the state level, he advocated for similar roles in the form of a governor and a premier that would have responsibilities shared between them.
Adeboye joins many individuals, and socio-cultural groups calling for the restructuring of the country as a way forward.