A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections under the platform of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, on Tuesday, said Nigeria is not progressing because power has not been given to the right areas where it should be exercised for the benefit of the Nigerians. Round pegs in a square holes, he emphasized.
Former presidential candidate, Jonah Jang, also called for the restructuring of the country by amending the nation’s constitution, saying “even if it means starting from article one to the end, let it be done, so that we can have a truly federal constitution”. There is no gainsaying that Nigeria is not a true federalist state. He also advised the military authorities insurgency and banditry.
The former lawmaker said he does not believe in rotational presidency, but if it is what Nigerians want, political parties must review their constitutions to accommodate it.
Jang said this in Jos, the capital of plateau state, during an interaction with journalists on national issues. We are not progressing, because power has not been given to the right areas where it should be an exercise for the good of the people at the grassroots.
Jang has been in government in this country for eleven years, three in the military era, eight years as a democratically elected governor. He said “ even during the military, when we get to that office, you know that time we are under orders, you cannot talk much, but now with democratic setup; what is Federal Ministry of Agriculture? When Agriculture is in the States and Local Governments.”
“Education should be for the state and the private sector, What is the Federal Ministry of Education?
“We should take the constitution and start looking at the powers that are given to the centre; vis-à-vis powers to the States and Local Governments.
According to him, “I don’t know of any nation that runs this kind of constitution, even in Africa, the way Nigeria is.
“All we are saying is that we are awakening Nigerians to look at the reasons why we are not progressing.
“I’m beginning to hate using that word grassroots because it is becoming a very insulting word to Nigerians, everything, grassroots and they are being treated like the grass itself”, he concluded. The former lawmaker who served in the 8th Senate added that “For instance, what Plateau people want, is not what Kano people want; but when you ask our representatives to go and push a case for Plateau it is overruled.