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Next Generation Nigeria: What Is Restructuring and Does Nigeria Need It?

Chatham House, London

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HE Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Governor, Kaduna State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chair: Jerome Okolo, General Secretary, National Think Tank, Nigeria


Economic stress and political uncertainty in Nigeria, together with multiple localised violent conflicts and the rise of divisive rhetoric, have reignited debate in the country on how power and resources are shared and managed across the federation of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

Regardless of ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status, some citizens are calling for a comprehensive rethink of Nigeria’s governance architecture, and are demanding that a process of ‘restructuring’ takes place.

Others argue that improving the current model is crucial before pursuing anything new. It remains unclear exactly what restructuring would involve, what the consequences could be, and how it could be properly and peacefully implemented.

Fractious politics and competing interests risk muddying the waters of the current debate.

In the first of a series of meetings at Chatham House which will be livestreamed, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State and chairperson of the All Progressives Congress’s committee on restructuring, explain what restructuring means, discuss key points in the restructuring debate, and discuss the implications and hurdles of achieving ‘true federalism’ in Nigeria.