Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Senator representing Anambra-central senatorial district at the National Assembly Sen. Victor Umeh has said what is keeping the country together is the money politicians share in Abuja.
Umeh who made the statement in Awka while speaking with journalists on the dire need to restructure the country to guarantee fiscal federalism as well as give components units full authority and control over their own resources, said politicians tended to be reluctant over the restructuring mantra due to the oil money they shared in Abuja.
He said he canvassed restructuring at the 2014 national conference and also promised during his election campaign that he would champion restructuring of the Nigerian federation because he believed that restructuring was the panacea to the peace and unity of the country.
He added that if the country was restructured, every part would have faith in the polity called Nigeria; that every group would take up the task of developing their own area without waiting for the federal government.
The senator said even though the national assembly had not given restructuring the attention it deserved in terms of using legislation to do some of the demands, he said restructuring had become a political agenda and campaign tool in Nigeria.
He added that restructuring would also help to shape the 2019 elections as it was currently a household topic, pointing out that all the presidential aspirants using restructuring as campaign tool must keep faith with their promises. He stressed that Nigeria must be made functional and progressive again.