The President of the African Development Bank, AFDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has stated that the system of government currently being practiced in Nigeria can be described as ‘fatherism’ and not federalism as expected.
According to Adesina, with the way Nigeria has been structured, it will be extremely difficult for the states to be viable and attain the desire potentials they long for.
The AFDB President spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration lecture to herald the second inauguration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his Deputy, Governor-Elect, Lucky Ayedatiwa.
Speaking virtually from Abidjan on the theme “Towards A New Nigeria: From Federal Fatherism To A Commonwealth”, Adesina disclosed that for the country to be delivered from its quagmire, restructuring should not be driven by political expediency, but by economic and financial viability.
He added that in the midst of plenty, states are still very poor even as he cited the case of Ondo State which is endowed with enormous resources but still depends on Abuja for monthly allocation.
“We tend to copy systems that are not well suited to our context. The United States that we copied from, does not control resources at the state level. Instead, the states generate the bulk of their income from taxes.
“What’s needed is greater economic and fiscal autonomy for the states. The issue is less about state or regional autonomy, but financial and economic viability of Nigeria’s constituent states.
“If Nigeria were to be a conglomerate firm, it would not be economically viable because 92% of it constituent ‘subsidiary companies’ are not viable without the support of the holding company.”
JUST IN: Son Of Chad President, Named Interim Head Of State
General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian president, Idriss Deby has been named the interim Head of the State of the country.
Army Spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna announced this minutes after the death of Idriss Deby.
General Azem had earlier confirmed that the late President of Chad “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Deby won his sixth term in provisional election results released on Monday.
The late President was shot dead at the war front while confronting some rebels.
Chad President Shot Dead
Chad President, Idriss Deby is dead.
Deby rmdied on Tuesday from injuries he sustained at the war front against some rebels.
He had led a brigade against rebels in the North of the country.
His death is coming after he won his re-election for a 6th term.
Army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna confirmed his death on Tuesday.
A statement he read on state television said Deby “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Deby, 68, won a sixth term in provisional election results released on Monday.
The late President postponed his victory speech and went to visit Chadian soldiers in the war front.
Why I Am Shocked And Saddened Over Killing In Chad – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is shocked and saddened in the wake of the ethnic clashes in the South Eastern Region of Salamat, Chad that claimed several lives.
Recall that ethnic tension in the central African country of Chad left at least 55 people dead and more than 40 injured as three villages were burned to the ground.
The clashes in the south-eastern region of Salamat erupted between different ethnic groups on Wednesday night in the villages around the provincial capital of Am Timan, according to Salamat governor Abel Yamabaye Massira.
However, Buhari extended heartfelt condolences to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad over the incident.
“I am shocked and saddened by the incident that shattered decades of relative peace and stability in Chad,” Buhari said.
He added that “ethnic and tribal clashes is a threat to African unity and stability and Nigeria joins the rest of Africa to deplore the latest eruption of violence in Chad.”
The president underscored the need for African leaders and people to manage their diversity with tolerance and understanding.
He noted that “a threat to stability in one part of Africa is a threat to the rest of us.”
According to Buhari “given Africa’s economic and social challenges, we cannot afford mutual destruction that makes our challenges more complicated.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari also commiserates with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the government and people of Egypt over the train accident in Northern Cairo that killed dozens of people and injured 98 others.
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