According to Premium Times, the former VP made this known on Tuesday 31st May in Abuja, while attending the official launch of the book ‘We Are All Biafrans’.
The book is the recent work of Nigerian journalist and scholar Chido Onumah, and the launch was chaired by Atiku Abubakar.
Mr Atiku, who was Nigeria’s vice-president between 1999-2007, said Nigerians have suffered for too long under a poorly designed constitutional structure.
He also emphasized on the inability of the federal government to foster national unity despite its enormous power. That inefficiency, he said, is contributing to the many crises Nigeria currently faces.
“Nigeria is not working, as well as it should and part of the reason is the poor way we have structured our economy and governance especially since 1960,” he said.
“The federal government is too big and too powerful in relative to the federating units. That situation needs to change and calling for that change is patriotic.
“We must refrain from assuming that anyone calling for restructuring of our federation is working for the breakup of our country. I reject that notion. An excessively powerful centre does not equate to national unity.
“Absolutely not. If anything, it has made our unity more fragile, our government more unstable and our country more unsafe.
“We must renegotiate our union in other to make it strong. We must renegotiate our union in order to make it stronger.
“Greater autonomy, power and resources for states and local authorities will give the federating units greater freedom and flexibility to address local issues, priorities and peculiarities.”
Mr Atiku Abubakar went on to urge Nigerians to embrace a restructured Nigeria, saying a greater autonomy, power and resources for state and local authority will give the federations units greater freedom and flexibility to address local issues for their priorities and peculiarities.
It will also reduce insecurity, reduce the premium placed on capturing power at the centre, promote healthy rivalry amongst federations units and help to unleash our people’s creative energies and spur more development.
The book, which explains how the agitation for Biafra is actually a metaphor for all the tribes in Nigeria, is said to be a well-thought and written book.
It took the author three years to put together and its launch was honored by the presence of former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, Jubrin Ibrahim and Nnimo Bassey.