The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has call on the Nigerian federal government to restructure the country to put an end agitations for secession and its economic challenges.
The revered cleric stated this while speaking at the 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium organized by the RCCG and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday.
According to Adeboye, the present administration led by Muhammadu Buhari must take urgent steps to restructure the country “as soon as possible” or risk a breakup of the various social-ethnic components that make up Nigeria.
Adeboye further suggested a merger of the British and American systems of government to be adopted.
He maintained that one doesn’t need prophecy to know that the country will eventually break up if not restructured within a short time.
“Why can’t we have a system of government that will create what I will call the United States of Nigeria? Let me explain. We all know that we must restructure. It is either we restructure or we break, you don’t have to be a prophet to know that one. That is certain – restructure or we break up.
“Now, we don’t want to break up, God forbid. In restructuring, why don’t we have a Nigerian kind of democracy? At the federal level, why don’t we have a President and a Prime Minister?
“If we have a President and a Prime Minister and we share responsibilities between these two so that one is not an appendage to the other. For examples, if the President controls the Army and the Prime Minister controls the Police.”
“If the President controls resources likes oil and mining and the Prime Minister controls finance and inland revenue, taxes, customs etc. You just divide responsibilities between the two.
“At the state level, you have the governor and the premier, and the same way, you distribute responsibilities these people in such a manner that one cannot really go without the other. Maybe we might begin to tackle the problems.
“If we are going to adopt the model, then we need to urgently restore the House of Chiefs. I have a feeling that one of our major problems is that we have pushed the traditional rulers to the background and I believe that is a grave error.
“Without any doubt, we must restructure and do it as soon as possible. A United States of Nigeria is likely to survive than our present structure,” Adeboye said
Calls for secession of different ethnic groups have heightened in recent times, with Biafra and the Oduduwa Republic leading the charges that include the Niger Delta as well as the North Central.