Rev. Dr. Theophilus Chukwu Ngele


This paper looks into “Political Restructuring in Nigeria in the light of Nehemiah 2:1-9.” Actually, the persistent call for restructuring takes numerous dimensions, but particularly outstanding is in the dimension of politics. It is no surprise though, because the philosophy behind the existence of every State and the control of its resources bothers on politics. Therefore, when there is a damaged cog in the wheel of the politics of the State, it becomes imperative to politically restructure the state. Since this is so, the big question then becomes ‘what is the damaged cog in the wheel of the politics of Nigeria that is a necessity for restructuring? What are the challenges of political restructuring in Nigeria? And what is the way forward?’ It is in a bid to fill this gap that this paper attempts to answer the above questions through an exegetical study of Nehemiah 2:1-9. It is obvious that ensuring the peaceful coexistence of Nigerian multi-ethnic nationalities as one peaceful entity called Nigeria and effecting of rapid and competitive development of the different regions of the country among other factors consists the need for restructuring; while elite interest, fear of ethnic dominations, political idiosyncrasy among others construe the challenges facing political restructuring in Nigeria. Going into re-federalization, value reorientation, institutional re-strengthening, ethnic representation amongst others could help to bring solution to restructuring issues in Nigeria following the example of Nehemiah of the Old Testament.

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