Thursday, 29 June 2017

Those calling for restructuring are opportunists - Governor El-Rufai

Those calling for restructuring are opportunists - Governor El-Rufai

- The Kaduna state governor has said that all those calling for restructuring of Nigeria are opportunists 

- Nasir El-Rufai said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has done more restructuring in the country 

- He also said those agitating for restructuring are irresponsible 

The governor of Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria are political opportunists and irresponsible. 

While speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, El-Rufai said the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in two years have done better than the past administration. 

He said the Buhari-led administration has taken some practical steps towards restructuring the country through various means.

El-Rufai said governors of all the 36 states in Nigeria are currently more involved in policy making at the national level in the present administration. 

The governor also said that before now, issues at the federal level were been hidden from state governor but the Buhari-led administration has made transparency one of its key mandate. 

“We meet every month under the auspice of the National Economic Council and working together with the Federal Government we chart directions of economic policy and that is part of shifting the federal-state balance

“A lot of the talk about political restructuring is political opportunism and irresponsibility in my opinion 

“It is popular and people that have presidential aspirations think there is a platform upon which they will exploit this. As I said, if you look at the APC manifesto, all the elements to divulge power to the state to change the balance in the federation are there and we are committed to that as a party. 

“The National Chairman of our party will restate that commitment and we are discussing it and as I said President Buhari and Osinbajo’s government has taken very concrete steps rather than rhetoric to actually move in that direction and we are going to move in that direction but we do not believe that the basis for it is rhetoric and opportunism, we do not believe that the 2014 CONFAB report is a sensible basis to even begin.

“We all know the circumstances in which the so-called CONFAB was put together, we all know the composition, how lopsided it was, how important stakeholders were not taken to account, how even the composition and numbers do not reflect the demographics and the diversity of this country and we took a position as a party not to participate but to encourage our state governors to be there at the table.”

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