A leading scholar on political and administrative management in Africa, Ladipo Adamolekun, has lamented the state of the Nigerian nation and called for an urgent review of the current situation of the country.
In his recently launched book, ‘Nigeria and I: Getting Politics Right To Make Nigeria Work,’ the scholar highlighted the operation of unitary federalism inherited from the military at the return to civilian rule in 1999 as a major reason Nigeria is not working.
The book, launched on 20th July to commemorate his 80th birthday, is one in a series of publications by the author which raised issues on how to address the problems of the country.
The Professor of Public Administration identified three critical ingredients for getting politics right and making the country work.
According to him, “a devolved federation; good democratic practice; and administrative competence,” are key to reviving the country.
He also recommended a development-oriented political leadership to serve as the needed drive in securing a renaissance for the country.
“To enhance our chances of keeping Nigeria one, consolidating democracy, tackling insecurity effectively, and achieving accelerated socioeconomic progress, Nigeria needs to urgently adopt and function as a devolved federal system,” he said.
“This political system will have the following defining characteristics: six federating units; assignment of functions between the central government and the federating units…