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Nigeria is not a Federal Republic!
March 4, 2016

Nigeria is not a Federal Republic!

Under a federal system of government, the federal government has no business feeding primary school students. The federal government has no business drilling boreholes, recruiting teachers for primary schools, constructing roads, providing primary health care or installing street lights. And so many things you hear our federal government do in Nigeria. 
Under a proper federal system, these are all fiscal responsibilities of the state governments.
In Nigeria, we have a greedy federal government that wants to do everything, thereby taking every resources, every revenue, every responsibility and ending up doing everything poorly.

Under a proper federal system, the state governments control their resources, control their economy, control their people, have their state police, generate their own revenue and pay tax to the central government. There is no such thing as federal government allocation to states every month under a true federalism. It is the states that federate the center, not the reverse as we currently have it in Nigeria.

It is time we put an end to this skewed, corrupt, unitary ‘feeding bottle’ system which we call federalism in Nigeria. It is a retrogressive system of government.

It is time we ‪#‎RestructureNigeria‬ into ‪#‎TrueFiscalFederalism‬.
Follow us on twitter @federalismng, and become a member of the campaign by completing this form http://goo.gl/forms/P0AJ9pkAW1

We believe that for Nigeria to make genuine progress, we must discard this skewed, flawed, corrupt, unitary ‘feeding bottle’ federalism and constitution that we currently practice and agree to restructure Nigeria into a competitive, efficient, productive, and locally driven True Fiscal Federalism where there will be justice, fairness and locally driven development among the federating states.

True Fiscal Federalism is the change Nigeria needs.

@TonyOsborg

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