Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate, says the best way to “restructure” Nigeria was to have a new constitution for the country.

Sowore, who is also the founder and editor of the online newspaper Sahara Reporters, said the current 1999 Constitution was not in the best interests of Nigerians.

“Restructuring is another aphorism for confusion. The best way to restructure Nigeria is to first have a new constitution.

“The constitution in question was not sovereign. If it were sovereign, the conference itself would have determined how the constitution would have been enacted,” he said Saturday.

The South and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), made up of Afenifere, Ohanaze Ndigbo and the Middle Belt Forum, has been at the forefront of the campaign for the restructuring of the country.

Apart from the Pan socio-political groups, political experts have also called for the restructuring of the country and have pointed out that for peace to reign in any society, people must actively participate.

Speaking further about a political program broadcast on Fresh FM, Ibadan, Mr. Sowore said that the country’s major political parties run on “stomach infrastructure” under the guise of having political structures to win elections.

He also stated that politicians have turned politics into a business venture, noting that many now view politics as a means to accumulate wealth rather than work.

“Politics should not be for political scientists, those who see politics as a job to feed themselves to survive. Politicians must also have a decent job.

“As a politician, I am also a journalist and I have taught as a professor at two universities in New York, United States.”

According to him, “they (the politicians) come after four years to talk about elections in the neighborhood and when the transaction ends, they come back only after four years again. This has not worked for the country.”

The AAC standard-bearer pointed out that the ideologies of his political party had always been different from those of others and had really been about personal convictions.

Mr. Sowore added that “it is based on ideology and on personalities who have convictions. People who have radically distinguished themselves, who believe Nigeria shouldn’t work this way.”