An elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the unity of Nigeria.
The former Minister of Education in the third Republic said Buhari has failed to mobilise Nigerians in the pursuit of unity, after over two years of being president.
Speaking on the ongoing restructuring debate on Channels television programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, the Professor of Law, insisted that Buhari had rather remained resolute in his word that Nigeria’s unity was non-negotiable.
According to Nwabueze, “The President as the elected leader of the country has the primary responsibility to mobilise the whole country for unity.
“Two and half years now since he was installed as President, what has been done or what is being done?
“Nothing has been done, except to talk about unity not being negotiable. So that is the object, and that is why I consider that restructuring is an absolute and compelling necessity.
“True federalism is a union of government and you cannot have a government without a constitution.
“That is a contradiction in terms. Each of the constituent units must have its own constitution. That was the way it was in 1960 and 1963.
“So we must go back to that. We cannot also have government without a coercive force and authority – government must have the power to enforce their laws. When we talk about power, we mean independent power.”