The former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has called for the restructuring of Nigeria into a federation of six regions based on the existing six geo-political zones and return of the country to true federalism.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Anyaoku made the call at the weekend at the Meritorious Award and Grand Reception for some distinguished Nigerians of Igbo extraction, organised by a group, Ndigbo Lagos.
Anyaoku argued that ‘’the root cause of most of our current problems is the inappropriate governance structure which the country has been operating since the military intervention in government in January 1966.’’
He advised that most of the powers currently concentrated at the centre in the presidential system be “devolved to the regions to enable each region develop at its own pace.
“The leadership of the centre should remain less powerful and less attractive as it was at the beginning of our independence.’’
Anyaoku suggested that the new structure should retain the existing states as development areas but that the governance paraphernalia of governors, state assemblies, civil service and judiciary should be removed.