Restructuring: Atiku hails APC govs, others

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John Alechenu and Ogbonnaya Ikokwu

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has commended the APC Progressive Governors Forum for joining the call for restructuring and true federalism, noting that the issue transcends religion and ethnicity.

The former vice-president, who is also a chieftain of the APC, described as patriotic the convergence of positions on restructuring by leaders and stakeholders from diverse regions of the country.

Atiku said this in a statement released by his Media Office, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He noted that the position of the APC governors and other stakeholders confirmed that he was not a lone voice in the wilderness over the need to restructure Nigeria for the good of all.

The APC Progressives Governors Forum recently suggested reforms to Nigeria’s federal structure.

The forum said, “The focus of this restructuring is to restore the principle of non-centralisation of power in the country’s federal arrangement being the defining element of a federal polity.”

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The former vice-president noted that the agitations for secession would not have arisen if the country had shown sincere readiness to address the underlying problems that fed the agitations by separatist forces.

The Waziri Adamawa explained that the restructuring debate transcended the ambition of any single politician in Nigeria, and that any attempt to ignore the agitations could make a bad situation more complicated.

Meanwhile, a former Governor of Abia State, Chief Uzor Kalu, has joined the call for the restructuring of Nigeria, saying it would bring an end to several agitations in the country.

Kalu, who spoke in Aba, Abia State, shortly after delivering a lecture at the Aba branch of the Nigerian Bar Association Annual Law Week 2017, attributed the current structure of the country to the reason for hate speeches and agitations for secession in the country.

 He said, “Hate speeches are coming from everywhere in Nigeria. It has been very terrible and it is not good for the country. People should speak about what will unite the country more. This country is in need of healing. If we are all committed, we can achieve it.

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“I’ve always supported restructuring, remember when I was governor, I called for state police. In my first year as governor in 2000, I called for state police when we were tacking the problem of criminal activities in Aba. I called for state police since we were not having enough men from the Nigeria Police Force. That was why Bakassi (Abia State Vigilante Group) was created and they went ahead to bring peace to Aba.”

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