Restructuring Nigeria: The Dilemma and Critical Issues

  • Muhammad Fuad Bin Othman Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Osman Binti Nazariah Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Isah Shehu Mohammed UUM
Keywords: Nigeria, Restructuring, Politics, Federalism, Fiscal/True Federalism


Objective: The main objectives of this paper are to explore the critical issues in the agitations/calls for restructuring Nigeria. A conceptual model is used and critical issues identified as influenced by many factors and interests with a special reflections on the background history, geography, heterogeneity and politics of the Nigerian state.

Methodology: Secondary sources of data were used to and historical documentation method of data analysis was also used to analyse the data.

Results: There are severally identified issues which are critical to and must be squarely addressed in order to arrive at a desired and mutually accepted stand on Nigeria’s geo-political, ethno-religious and socio-cultural composition, and a sustained unity and stability which are sought in the name of restructuring. Elites and political merchants’ prime interest in power and resources have however, shaped and dominated the restructuring agitations.

Implications: The study is premised on the socio-economic, political and ethno-religious realities of the Nigerian state and society. Therefore, the study presented an outline and a roadmap for the Nigerian policy makers, politicians, citizens and other stakeholders in the Nigerian state. The study stated the most sensitive issues which are indispensable to any re-arrangement, negotiation, consensus and unity in the Nigerian state by the name of restructuring.


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Bin Othman, M. F., Nazariah, O. B., & Mohammed, I. S. (2019). Restructuring Nigeria: The Dilemma and Critical Issues. Journal of Business and Social Review in Emerging Economies, 5(1), 79-98.