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Nigeria: Without Restructuring, Nigeria Risks Becoming Failed State, Atiku Warns

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday warned that if the foundational challenges preventing the federal government from discharging its responsibilities are not resolved, Nigeria risks becoming a failed state.

p Abuja — Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday warned that if the foundational challenges preventing the federal government from discharging its responsibilities are not resolved, Nigeria risks becoming a failed state.He also cautioned against ignoring the growing calls for restructuring, saying that doing so could lead to a potential fulfilment of recent predictions that Nigeria could soon become a failed state.Describing a failed state as one which is unable to carry out basic responsibilities, such as the security of life and property as well as upholding law and order within its territory, Atiku stated that although the country has not yet failed, it could soon without a deliberate attempt at pulling it back from the brink.Atiku added: "Nigeria needs to restructure to avoid the various failed state prophecies, first advanced by an American think-tank against Nigeria in 2006 - most recently regurgitated by the Financial Times of London, about a month ago.

"What is a failed state?A failed state is a political sovereign geographic territory whose government has deteriorated to a level where it cannot fulfil a sovereign government's basic responsibilities, such as the security of life and property, and upholding law and order.

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