Elders under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard has told President Muhammadu Buhari to apologize to Nigerians over his comments that those calling for Nigeria restructuring are ‘naive, ignorant and mischievously dangerous’.
Recall that the executive secretary of Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Shehu who represented President Buhari at the launch of Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari, Zaria Peace Foundation at Ahmadu Bello University Hotels, Zaria, reportedly said there was nothing to restructure in Nigeria because those calling for restructuring are very “naive or even mischievously dangerous”.
In reaction to the comments, the chairman of the forum and foremost Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Anietie Okon said the presidency equating restructuring with separation or breaking up of the country has also shown that Buhari and his handlers have no business in government since they do not know the difference between the two terms.
He said the forum would not have dignified the comments with reply but was compelled to do so since Shehu was said to be representing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the occasion.
He said it was worrisome that three years ago, the President set up a committee, headed by the governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, to work on restructuring the nation, would make a u-turn to say, by proxy, that those talking about restructuring are naive and mischievous.
He however queried, “At what point did President Buhari discover that restructuring was evil? The President’s representatives equally displayed crass ignorance and mediocrity when they said those clamouring for restructuring could not win election.
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“It is a defeatist and disjointed argument fit only for the kindergarten. It shows that the President or his agents do not understand what restructuring is all about. It also portrays the fear of those stuffing this administration with misfits against the norm in effective and efficient government systems, where the best would be called upon to serve.
“But it is imperative to alert the President and his handlers that the earlier they prepare and work for restructuring, which would make the federating units of the nation manage their own resources and contribute an acceptable percentage to the centre for exclusive projects like security and foreign affairs, the better.
“That is the only way to keep Nigeria together; else the bogey of separation, which is their worst nightmare, would visit the nation sooner than anticipated, as there is no alternative to restructuring now.”