One of the salient points raised by President Muhammadu Buhari during his June 10, 2021 interview with Arise TV was the centrality of the local council system to the welfare and well-being of Nigerians. His interviewers had taken the President’s mind back to the First Republic, reminding him that taxation worked then but does not work in the current era. They had pointed out that it was one of the reasons many Nigerians harp on restructuring the federation. They also reminded President Buhari that devolution of powers and restructuring was part of the campaign promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 and asked for his position on the issue.
While responding to the question, the President explained that the destruction of the local council system was the root of the challenges that the country is currently facing.