The central proposition of this article is that the Nigeria’s state neo-liberal political economy will be shaped in decisive manner in no small way by factors such as: the coming 2023 general election, current secession agitation, fiscal federalism and resources control, insurgency and militancy, corruption, ethno-religious and herdsmen farmers clash, deteriorating human conditions in the land, bad governance, renew workers struggle for new minimum wage and primitive capitalist accumulation.
The objective of this article, is to help chart the way forward.While, this way forward, however will entails a radical resolution of the afore mention contradictory factors defining or constituting the hamburger to sacrifice to restructure Nigeria.
The continuing call for the restructure of Nigeria show the existence in a system that has failed in and urgently in need of a cure by all means-reform or revolution. The debate and outright agitation from all tongue and tribes both from the Southern and Northern part of the country, either for restructure or against restructure is a function of the disillusion with the current status quo and scheme of things.
Naturally, the virtue of the restructuring call today in Nigeria is anchored through ethnic nationalities. This is in a way suggest a North –South divide, drawing plausible attention most especially on the social media and mainstream media as well.Also,there are mischievous and opportunistic co-travellers in the restructure call and campaign, just as we have witnessed other social struggle, campaigns and advocacies in Nigeria.
We may also have to admit that there are mischief makers in the anti- restructure movement. Indeed, what must play out here is that we need a better society. However, what is most tasking, of which this writer is more interested in is what ideological strand, the pro and anti restructure movement deals with. The bottom –line is that restructure or restructuring Nigeria goes beyond ethnic nationalities and religious crux demand. For Nigeria, like this writer strongly hold is not equal to the ‘’arithmetical sum’’ of the ethnic nationalities in it. Here, without diminishing the collective will of the various ethnic nationalities questions, we can’t afford to ignore the ‘’conscious class interest’’ in which ethnicity and religion becomes a weapon.
Furthermore, we live in a country where we have to deal with primitive capitalist accumulation. And in that, one may want to believe that, the whole essence for restructure is for an exclusive geopolitical spares to control and exploit, unsuspected citizens, whose only hope for supporting the cause of restructuring Nigeria is for better country, only to be subjected to deeper inhuman and poverty life, by a fraction of coalition of elites with support from representatives of global capitalism.
It is apparent to us all that the restructure campaign movement is here to stay, and nobody can shut it down .However, what is more apparent is that corruption and human deficits are transferred unto the political struggle to create integrity problem in Nigerians. In this wise, the realization of this restructure campaign becoming successful is ultimate.
The overriding objective of restructure movement is a desire to build a strong nation, so that in way the cries of marginalization along hegemonic politicking is reduce. I would like to end this piece with the obvious; the reality is that it has, inevitably developed questions if there is alternative to restructuring Nigeria?
For those who genuinely believe in resolving the problems or change the status of the country through restructure rather than war or ballot papers, they must not give up on their dream. On the other hand, nothing guarantees the’’ victory of a revolution before it is launched’’.
The quest for a better Nigeria will be a difficult task because power, especially as the conservative and reactionary will not concede anything easily. While, the agitator or campaigners of restructure must be aware that ‘’ideological basis’’ is what some of its deem necessary to set them on popular approval across.
By: Adefolarin A. Olamilekan
Political Economist and Development Researcher,