Osinbajo, Atiku at war over restructuring

Atiku Abubakar

The debate on restructuring Nigeria bounced back to the public arena yesterday as the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar clashed over who between them was the true advocate of restructuring and had done more to advance it. Osinbajo had, last week, incurred the wrath of Nigerians when he dismissed the restructuring debate as unnecessary and irrelevant in today’s Nigeria. Many advocates of restructuring, including Atiku, then took him to the cleaners while Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, expressed its disappointment at Osinbajo’s…

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Atiku fires back at Osinbajo over restructuring

Atiku

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has told Vice President Yomi Osinbajo that restructuring the country is a necessity and not an option. He also described ‎’geographic restructuring’ as a misnomer, stating that it is a strange concept, “not only because it is not what the restructuring debate is all about.” Atiku who was reacting to Prof. Osinbajo’s response to an essay on restructuring by him, said the letter was to douse the tension the vice president’s comments have created. He described as unfortunate, Osinbajo’s claim that his position on restructuring…

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Amosun: I won’t support restructuring to divide Nigeria

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has declared that he will not support any move to balkanize Nigeria under the guise of restructuring. Amosun said rather than advocating restructuring that could divide the country, Nigerians should demand fiscal federalism that would ensure improved revenue allocation to states. He spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta to herald the 2018 Ogun State Investors’ Forum scheduled to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday, next week. The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is billed to declare open the investors’ forum with the theme: “Consolidating…

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Restructuring Sacrosanct to Nigeria’s Unity- Aare Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has restated his strong belief in restructuring, stressing that for Nigeria to have a genuine unity, the issue of restructuring must be taken care of urgently. Aare Adams made the submission yesterday when prominent representatives of the Lagos state chapter of Arewa Council of  Chiefs( ACC), and top members of the  Arewa Youth Consultative Forum( AYCF), visited his Omole Phase 2, Lagos, home on a courtesy call. He said the foundation of   Nigeria’ s  unity is regionalism, a system where the various federating units develop at their…

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Seeking restructuring the female way

The agitation for restructuring is spreading like a wild fire in the harmattan and sweeping through every segment of society, including women groups. REGINA OTOKPA reports   Prominent Nigerian women recently embraced the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria. The women, who joined the fray at the weekend, said womenfolk would no longer sit on the fence on important issues capable of changing the fortunes of Nigeria. Leading the women’s vanguard were the Director-General, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Mary Ekpere-Eta; Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Senator Binta…

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Buhari has failed his supporters – Gumi

Nigeria’s restructuring long overdue – Gumi   Fiery Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, believes that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek for a second term because of poor performance. He speaks in this interview with BABA NEGEDU on the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, insecurity in the country and clamour for restructuring, among other issues   Nigerians entered the New Year with reports of killings and attacks in different parts of Nigeria. What is your take on that? First, let me condole all the communities and families affected by this…

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Restructuring: Buhari under heavy fire

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned the recent assertions of President Muhammadu Buhari on the restructuring debate, describing same as insensitive. Reacting to the President’s address, the Deputy National Chairman (South) for the party, Chief Ejike Uche regretted that the President’s tone of finality on the restructuring debate was as offensive as it was tyrannical. “As against the President’s claim that the aggregate of nationwide opinions was considered, Uche said, “No such thing was considered, The views of Nigerians mean so little to this government as their mind is…

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Restructuring: Buhari won’t allow Nigeria to be fragmented -Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Mr Femi Adeshina has explained that on no account will President Muhammadu Buhari will not allow Nigeria to break up under his watch. He said the President is not opposed to restructuring that will deepen the nation’s unity but that aimed at fragmenting it. Speaking at the 5th-anniversary lecture of News Express, an online newspaper, in Lagos, Mr. Adesina added that power devolution could well be the next agenda for the President, stressing that it is a major point in the…

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Restructuring: Enugu, Ebonyi reject regionalism as APC committee storms South East zone

Major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Enugu and Ebonyi states yesterday restated their rejection of regionalism as the basis of the Nigerian federation. Leaders of the party in the two states made their position known in their submission to the APC Committee on True Federalism, which visited Enugu as part of her public consultation in South East zone. The committee led by former Governor of Edo State, Sen. Oserhiemen Osumbo, include; the Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Simon Achuba; while dignitaries in attendance include; former Governor of…

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Restructuring: Northern Govs to hold town hall meetings

The committee set up by the Northern Governors Forum and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council to aggregate the views of Northerners on the restructuring debate will hold public hearings in the 19 states of the region, the committee’s chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said. Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the committee in Kaduna, Tambuwal said members have agreed to hold extensive consultations with stakeholders and leaders of the thought in member states with a view to coming up with an acceptable position that will…

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