Each section traditionally defends the area of its comparative advantage at any given time, standing by the status quo when it serves its purposes and asking for “restructuring” when it does not.Let me illustrate these introductory remarks by sharing with the audience a recent experience I had in Lagos.Most of the discussion on “restructuring” has focussed on the second of these elements, and even then in an oblique and reactionary manner.In the first Republic there clearly were divergent views among leaders of the various regions on precisely how the different power-centres in the country were to be positioned or balanced.I doubt that the present crop of leaders has what it takes to address these questions fully and honestly.Nevertheless, I will try to the best of my ability to share with you some of my views on restructuring the federation. Restructuring the Federation: A historical perspective. The term “restructuring” presupposes the existence of a “structure”, which we can reasonably understand to mean a set format defining the corporate entity in terms of two principal elements: 1) the delineation of its individual parts and 2) the nature and limits of their interconnectivity.Initially, it sounded like they wanted regional armies.
It is also true that those currently championing for a conference and some paper restructuring of the superstructure know this.The following write up by HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as obtained on presents his perspective on the issue of Restructuring of Nigeria which has gained prominent currency in recent time. Being a paper presented at the “National Conference on the 1999 Constitution” jointly organised by the Network for justice and the Vision Trust Foundation, at the Arewa House, Kaduna from 11th –12th September, 1999 By HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi I.Introduction : On Restructuring The Superstructure “Restructuring the Federation” is a term which has gained wide currency in the nation’s political discourse, having been popularised through its indiscriminate and lugubrious use by the most vocal sections of the Nigerian elite.It seems, in the main, that northern politicians preferred very strong regional capitals and a relatively weak centre, a view that is consistent with what is currently bandied around as “loose Federation”.To indicate this, the Northern Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello, having won national elections, chose to remain in Kaduna as Premier while letting his deputy head the Federal Government as Prime Minister.Reminded that the nation had commands in Kaduna, Jos, Enugu, Ibadan and Lagos, they said the commands should be manned and headed by “indigenes” while denying that this was the same as a call for a regional army. Obasanjo announced his top military appointments I was at a small get-together in Lagos.