Speaking at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, while delivering a lecture titled: ‘Restructuring and The Liberation of Nigeria’, as part of activities marking the institution’s 24th convocation ceremony.
Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has lambasted some former leaders of Nigeria who have joined the league of those agitating for restructuring after leaving office.
The popualr lawyer wondered why they failed to execute the restructuring project while they were in power.
He however stated that the call for the restructuring of the country should not be seen as a call for the breakup of Nigeria.
According to him, the issue of restructuring, if it succeeded, will only help in righting the wrongs in critical areas, instead of creating disunity in the country.
The senior lawyer advised that the agitations for Restructuring by Nigerians should be for equitable distribution of wealth between the federal and state governments.
He said the agitations for Restructuring should not be seen from the prism of primordial sentiments like secession, call for civil war and division, that would further disunite the country.
“Restructuring, without equitable distribution of wealth, will not bring the needed change and development that will build the foundation of our economy and make it gain global reckoning and work for the citizens.
“But I am warning that power devolution to the states without democratising such powers is dangerous to our system,” Falana said.