President Muhammadu Buhari has once again, reacted to calls for restructuring of the country, saying that its proponents all had personal agenda.
He wondered if the constitution would allow such agenda.
The President said this when he received a delegation of Urhobo Traditional Rulers, the leadership of the Urhobo Progressive Union and members of the All Progressives Congress from Delta State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“You mentioned something which is topical these days: the call for the restructuring of Nigeria.
“Every group asking for restructuring has got their own agenda and I hope it can be accommodated by the constitution,” the president said.
The president-general of UPU, Moses Taiga, had, in his address, on behalf of the delegation, told the president to ensure the restructuring of the country.
He said, “We cannot for the life of us, claim to have garnered tangible benefits from our temperance and long-suffering, especially when placed side by side what had been taken away from our lands.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has countered President Buhari’s stance on restructuring, saying there is no alternative to it if Nigeria must make progress.
Atiku, who said he remains resolute in his support for restructuring, posited that too much power lies in the hands of the Federal Government; a situation he said, made governance less competitive, especially among the federating units.
Speaking during a consultative visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on his 2019 presidential ambition, Atiku maintained that restructuring is the only way to bring out the best in the states and lead to economic development in the country.
He especially decried situations where security agencies didn’t take orders from the state governors, saying, “As an individual, I don’t think this is true federalism, we must restructure the security architecture.”
He said, “I will have a very small Federal Government with powers and resources devolved to the states to manage the affairs while they pay taxes to the Federal Government. With this, each zone can survive on its own without leaning on oil money”, he said.
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