Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, ACP, has added his voice to that of numerous Nigerians calling for restructuring.
Dr. Orji Kalu made this remark on Friday, September 29, 2017 while presenting a public lecture at the University of Calabar.
In his paper, entitled: “Devolution of Powers and the Future of Nigeria,’’ former Governor Orji Kalu stated that the only acceptable solution for Nigeria’s problems remained restructuring.
“I believe fully in the unity of Nigeria. I am against those who call for the division of the country. There is no such provision as division in our Constitution,” the APC chieftain said.
“If you look at all political or constitutional conferences we have had in this country since after independence, you will find that devolution of powers featured prominently but under different guise.
“Therefore, like the Igbo people will say, where a child is crying and pointing at, if his father is not there, his mother must surely be there.
“So, I think there is need for us to fully review the call for devolution of powers within the context of our current realities and as permissible by our constitution.
“Whether we call it resource control, Sovereign National Conference, Restructuring or by any other name, we are saying the same thing.
“That we want power to devolve so that our states and local governments can have constitutional powers to do much more than they are doing today.
“It is what the nation needs at the moment, to move forward.