Restructuring of the country is the dominant issue being discussed in the mass media and because of that, majority of Nigerians have looked at it as a welcome idea that should be adopted by the government in power, faithfully pursued and actualized.
Therefore, restructuring can be described as the reorganization of either a company or a nation for better management, functioning and development. That is just my own definition of restructuring without the consultation of a dictionary, a textbook or the ever-helpful Wikipedia and Google.
However, the big question agitating my mind is this: can restructuring of Nigeria put an end to bad leadership and corruption? We all know that the key problems of Nigeria are leadership and corruption.
You find a situation where one person would simply misappropriate for himself what should have been benefited one million people, not minding that all his children and extended family members who could also benefit from the loot may not be up to 50 people. If Nigeria is restructured today, are we not going to be experiencing such ugly scenario?
Nevertheless, if at all, there were good jobs everywhere in the country for the youths, no bad roads, hospitals are in order, such that our leaders, including the president, would not need to travel outside the country to seek medical treatment, there is no poverty, no fighting, no killing of the people by any terrorist group or Fulani kidnappers and robbers masquerading as herdsmen, there are affordable schools and high quality education for every child and so many other good things not mentioned here, would anyone or a group of persons have been agitating for restructuring?
I know that the call for restructuring is as the result of so many problems facing the country. If we are all living comfortably without any problem, the issue of restructuring or division of the country wouldn’t have been an issue to discuss so vociferously by Nigerians and the mass media.
My advice on the way forward is that before anyone can be voted into any leadership position in the coming general elections, let that person promise and sign that once he or she becomes a leader, death penalty would be made a law against any leader found guilty of bad leadership and corruption.
Notwithstanding, if death penalty is a law for bad leadership and corruption and once such a law starts manifesting whereby some leaders are found guilty and sentenced to death and the sentence executed, we will begin to experience good leadership in this country and corruption would become history. Then, we shall have jobs, good hospitals, good roads and good public schools.
There would be no strike in our schools, no killing of the people by terrorists and every other good thing shall fall in place.
Despite all that I have said, I still hope and pray that God would intervene in the affairs of Nigeria.
► Awunah Pius Terwase wrote from Mpape, Abuja.