- Obong Victor Attah calls on Nigeria to return to fiscal federalism
- He said the centre should not be in control of all the resourced
- The former governor warned that this might lead to a break-up
Former governor of Akwa Ibom, Obong Victor Attah has declared Nigeria risks breaking-up if the country does not return to fiscal federalism.
There has been call for the country to be restructured while Biafran agitators have called for an outright disintegration.
In an interview with Vanguard; the former governor highlighted the need for the country to take this direction.
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Attah said each region should be allowed to control its resources and remit 50 per cent of what is made to the centre.
He said: “I believe we have succeeded because it was not a solo effort. I led the movement because I was convinced of the need for it and, today it is taking a new dimension called restructuring.
“People are now talking about accepting the need for fiscal federalism and marrying it with the idea of restructuring and so on. So, thank God we have moved from one point and, we will soon get to another and I agree with those people who say that, unless we go back to fiscal federalism, Nigeria will break.
“You know there is a formula but the important thing is to create the situation that we always had before. Contribute 50 percent of what you have to the center and use the remaining 50 percent to develop yourself; even what you contribute to the center, some of it is coming back to you. That was the basis of the agreement for staying together and forming Nigeria. So, if we destroy the basis of our agreement, then the consequence of what we agreed should also disappear.
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“That is Nigeria and, unfortunately, I am speaking like this because I believe passionately in the need and I believe that eventually all the government that should make it happen will make it happen; that there would be fiscal federalism. We should return to true federal democratic principle.”