Former vice president and presidential aspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has stressed that restructuring is the only guarantee for equity, justice and fair play in the country.
Speaking in Umuahia when he visited the Abia State chapter of the party to solicit their support in the party’s upcoming national convention, Abubakar highlighted that restructuring is the only thing that will ensure the country remains intact and on the path of unity and progress.
The Adamawa born politician noted that the north is doing everything possible to ensure that restructuring takes place in the country. A process, he guarantees, will go a long way in unifying us in our diversity and also stop the continued agitation across the length and breadth of the country.
“The north has already announced that they accept restructuring. So it’s a question of what the northern and southern leaders agree on as far as the issues raised is concerned.”
He revealed that the agitations in the country, like the one with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) arose because of the lopsided kind of federation we practice which favours one section of the country, over others. He however proffers that one of the ways to stop the several agitations is to ensure the equal distribution of both political and social appointments so that every section of the country is satisfied.
“When you restructure this country and give more resources to empower the component units of this country, you will not have the IPOB problem or its likes.” IPOB, Afenifere, Niger Delta group and others like them, are looking for self-determination. But if you devolve more powers and resources, the issue of self-determination will be a thing of the past.”
While speaking on security matters, the former VP agreed that security is one of the fundamental challenges of the country. “I have been an advocate of either local or community policing to deal with local issues. We have one single policy which is not good and also not working. I do not know of any country that practices federation and have this kind of policing; a centralised, single police. I don’t know.”
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