ARG criticises Buhari on restructuring

The Afenifere Renewal Group, (ARG) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s criticism of groups clamouring for restructuring as ”non-visionary”.

President Buhari on Monday critcised the groups calling for restructuring of the country saying they had “personal agenda.”

President Buhari said this when he received a delegation of Urhobo traditional rulers, and members of the All Progressives Congress from Delta State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

However, the president’s party, APC, had set up a Committee on True Federalism, in August 2017, chaired by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The committee later carried out consultation across Nigeria to feel the pulse of Nigerians on the contentious issue of restructuring.

Submitting the report, Mr El-Rufai said 8,014 persons were engaged in the process of their dialogue and that Nigerians indicated interest on 24 issues.

The report was in four volumes. Out of these 24 items, the committee made recommendations on 13, in its report.

The APC is yet to implement the committee’s report.

But many Nigerians have described the attempt by the ruling party as a smokescreen to divert the attention of those clamoring for restructuring.

Reacting to the issue on Tuesday through a statement signed by the ARG Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group said Mr Buhari’s comment showed he was not a visionary leader.

”This calls for visionary political leaders who must ensure that governance is dynamic enough to accommodate emerging issues that affect the welfare and security of their people.

”ARG believes that even a crude assessment of Nigeria’s socioeconomic affairs gives credence to the demand by Nigerians to review Nigeria’s governance structure to accommodate nascent issues.”

Mr Famoriyo noted that “man is not made for the law, rather the law is made for man”.

”It is a no brainer that constitutions are neither static nor constant. Every successful political climes stay true to the maxim that man is not made for the law, rather law is made for man.

”As observed recently at one of our events by foremost legal luminary, Niyi Akintola, Nigeria may not survive for long under the current governance structure and every objective political analysis supports this assertion.”

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, while reacting to the ongoing killings in Nigeria had also urged the authorities to once again consider restructuring the nation. He said it is the only way to revamp Nigeria’s security architecture to respond to the needless bloodletting in many states.

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