The All Progressives Congress (APC) praised what it described as revolutionary steps taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the country, stating that the administration has gradually begun to implement the 2014 National Conference report, as well as restructure the Federation.
The party revealed this in the September issue of “Los Progresistas”, its monthly magazine published in collaboration with the PGF Progressive Governors Forum.
With the title, “Calm down! The restructuring has started, ”the party explained how President Buhari is leading a real revolution and restructuring Nigeria.
He claimed that previous administrations had squandered billions of taxpayer funds to convene various national conferences, but instead of giving force to the recommendations of those conferences, they left those reports unheeded.
APC also launched a subtle taunt against the PDP People’s Democratic Party, accusing it and its presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections of politically exploiting simplistic narratives on the controversial issue of restructuring.
“It must be said that calls for restructuring by many supporters are often a populist and opportunist ploy to politically grasp and exploit simplistic public narratives about the panacea for Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily because of their realism and viability.
“In the run-up to the 2019 general election, one of the visible presidential candidates and his political party were widely accused of dubiously using targeted and tailored restructuring rhetoric for specific audiences during their campaigns.
“While the presidential candidate and his political party declined to discuss the nature of the restructuring they probed, their restructuring rhetoric was rightly viewed and dismissed as a convenient, simplistic, and populist stunt designed to stimulate and exploit earlier perceived sentiments. of the 2019 elections.
“Well, their plan failed sadly, as Nigerians overwhelmingly reelected President Muhammadu Buhari, who has obviously and progressively begun to restructure the country in accordance with the 2015 electoral promise to guarantee true federalism and devolution of powers.
“While some so-called restructuring advocates have rightly been portrayed as divisive ethnic champions primarily seeking geographic restructuring, it is important to note that in addressing the issue of restructuring, Nigeria’s political and administrative framework, the main question that must To be addressed is: How can we effectively harness the ethnic and religious plurality and diversity in our federation and whether the political architecture of Nigeria truly reflects Federalist principles as envisioned by the founding fathers of the nation?
“This, in fact, informed the creation in 2017 of the APC committee of Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, which came up with far-reaching recommendations.
“The committee considered the exploration of mineral resources, the state police, the devolution of power and the allocation of resources among the federated units, the form of government, the independent candidacy, the creation of a state, fiscal federalism, the system of land tenure, power sharing and rotation, control of resources, the state constitution, realignment of states and border adjustments, and the secular status of the federation.
“The federal government is considering a practical approach to implement the committee’s report,” APC said.
APC recalled how the 2014 Confab recommended the distribution of the allocation to generate an integral development of all the regions of the country, and that the government must guarantee a uniform distribution of the projects distributed in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The party said that “since taking office, President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is the president of all sections of the country, regardless of religion, ethnicity and political affiliation.”
He added that Nigeria is currently a large construction site, with all 36 states boasting of having one or more projects underway or completed.
On the autonomy of local governments where the confab recommended their financial autonomy and that states must have constitutional support to create local governments in line with their development needs, said APC; “Ask any local government president why he hasn’t been able to unclog the overflowing street drain, light up the neighborhood’s dark alley, repair potholes that have damaged many cars and caused accidents, or even pay the teachers, and all I hear is that they lack the funds to carry out these tasks ”.
The party said that the situation has now changed with the financial autonomy granted to that level of government by President Buhari.
APC recalled that to address poverty and social inclusion, the conference had proposed that the federal government review the civil service pay structure, stating that President Buhari has implemented that recommendation by approving the new minimum wage of N30,000 that has since came into effect.
He said that the president also signed Executive Order 10 to support the confab’s recommendation that called for financial autonomy for the Judicial and Legislative Power.
Other recommendations from the conference that APC said President Buhari has implemented include addressing poverty and social inclusion, as well as economic diversification.
He said the president has also implemented the recommendation to restructure the security architecture through effective community policing.
“With these aforementioned fundamental reforms already being introduced into the nation’s politics, and with many more still in the works, Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is on the path of irreversible political and economic rejuvenation.
“For the defenders of the restructuring, calm, the exercise has begun in earnest.”