Posted by News Express | 18 May 2020 | 782 times
A new book on how Nigeria can avert the looming threat of implosion arising from growing discontent over current political system has been released.
The book, which serves as a blueprint for the government and people of Nigeria on the way forward, highlights various political options to steer the country away from edge of the precipice. It is in response to mounting demand for change of the country’s political system from unitary system to federal.
The current unitary system with centralised powers is incompatible with a heterogeneous society like Nigeria, fueling demand for federalism believed to be best suitable for the country’s diverse cultural and socio-economic aspirations of the multiethnic confederacies.
The book entitled “The Future of Nigeria”, written by Michael Owhoko, a frontline journalist and author, is aimed at stemming the growing agitation for separate independent sovereign states through self-determination and militancy.
“The Future of Nigeria” was released over the weekend and is now available on Amazon and major bookstores worldwide. It highlights how minerals and other natural resources across Nigeria can support federalism; why leaders continue to seek ethnic gains at the expense of national interest; and why militancy and separatist groups have emerged as sign of discontent in the polity.
“The bane of the country is the loss of regional autonomy to unitary system where the winner at the centre controls the resources and deploying same subjectively, leaving the federating units stunted and dependent. This has resulted in distrust, frustration, fear and discontent as it stifles initiative and capacity of component units to develop at their paces,” Owhoko said in the new book.
The book has been described as a must read not only for the ruling and political class but important for all stakeholders in the federating units on ways of saving the country from balkanization engendered by sustained agitation for a system of government that guarantees equity and justice.
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