Nigeria@60: Babatope, Akintola, Reiterate Calls for Restructuring

As Nigeria celebrates its 60th Independence Anniversary, Radio Nigeria’s political correspondent, Adedayo Adelowo speaks with stakeholders in the nation’s polity on how to maintain and project good governance.

The dream of any nation is to have a smooth political process which translates to good governance.

The process of good governance from country to country is characterised by many pranks, gimmicks and other forms of politicking.

Just like other countries of the world, Nigeria is not exempted from peculiar political challenges which form impediments to good governance.

A political scientist, Emeritus Professor Bunmi Ayooade believes that Nigeria’s political sector was unhealthy and required a quick reform to prevent further damage.

The Emeritus Professor said the prevailing political situation in the country was becoming more sensitive and volatile than ever before.

Emeritus Professor Ayoade also expressed the worry that trust was lacking among citizens, a situation he described as dangerous considering the diversity of the country.

A legal luminary and politician, Chief Niyi Akintola, SAN, described the sixty year journey of nationhood as a bittersweet experience.

Chief Akintola while expressing the hope for a better tomorrow in the nation’s history, identified restructuring as the vaccine needed to cure most of Nigeria’s ills.

On his part, another renowned politician, Chief Ebenezer Babatope opined that for the nation to enjoy good governance beyond the diamond jubilee, it was essential for people in positions of authority to allow democracy to thrive.

Chief Babatope’s thoughts aligned with numerous calls and agitations for restructuring.

A cross-section of residents of Ibadan who believed the sixty year journey had been challenging, expressed the hope of a better Nigeria in the coming years.

Adedayo Adelowo

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