Apparently advocating for regional government instead of the current Federal System, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Aare Afe Babalola(SAN), has reportedly described Nigeria as too big to be controlled by one person.
The senior lawyer suggested that returning to regional government is the antidote Nigeria needs to recover fully from its economic woes and myriad of challenges confronting it.
The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), said having a central government with a president directing the affairs of a large and multiethnic and religious nation like Nigeria had been the reason why the country has failed to develop, Daily Post reported
The senior lawyer said this in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, during a programme tagged ‘diplomatic talk’ organized by the Department of international Relations, where Malaysia High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lim Juay Jin was the guest speaker.
Babalola said: “I have attended three conferences in Nigeria and return to regional government has always been my position. Nigeria consists of over 300 ethnic groups and with different religious bias, so what we need is confederation or loose federalism, where each region will be allowed to grow at its own pace and contribute to the centre.
“This has been the practice in USA, Australia and Canada. But in Nigeria, we have a central government , where only one person determines what happens everywhere. In the past we had regional governments where each was allowed to develop and Nigeria was better off then.
“Nigeria has six geopolitical zones and these can be allowed to function as component parts and Nigeria will be good for it. During the regional government, Nigeria was growing faster. Malaysia is a very small country with a population of about 30 million and this makes it easy to govern.
“If Nigeria has been operating the regional government, we would have developed even better than Malaysia. Our fore fathers considered the population, land and resources as very large, that was why they introduced regional government. It has always been the smaller, the better”.
Delivering his lecture, Ambassador Jin, who described ABUAD as a new face of Nigeria education, insisted that Nigeria should have made very good exploit in eco and medical tourism, but for pervasive insecurity in the system.
He assured that Malaysia will strengthen its business relations with Nigeria because of the integrity of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and its hostile disposition to corruption.
“ABUAD is a place where you can study under a peaceful atmosphere. It has a good environment and a complementary state-of-the-earth infrastructures where student can learn and deliver. I know the graduates will be change agents in the system because of learning and character that is in practice here.
“One thing that has been of tremendous advantage to both Nigeria and Malaysia is that they highly educated workforce. I believe that if Nigeria can deploy this effectively, greatness will be achieved because hope of success has not been lost”, he said.