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Selfish Northerners Oppose Restructuring, Says Governor El-Rufai

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Governor of the state of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai.

Reveals why APC resigned from the restructuring bill in 2018

Says APC remains committed to restructuring

It points out that the opposition elements do not represent the north

Defenders of the state police, state judicial autonomy

It’s a game to fool the unsuspecting – Afenifere

It’s all part of APC’s lies to Nigerians – Ohanaeze

APC government is not honest with Nigerians – PANDEF

By Anayo Okoli, Sureste, Dapo Akinrefon, Emmanuel Elebeke and Chioma Onuegbu

The governor of Kaduna state and chairman of the Restructuring Committee of the Congress of All Progressives, APC, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday attacked Northerners who oppose restructuring the country, saying they do so for selfish reasons.

He also said that the bill on restructuring drawn up by his committee in January 2018 was withdrawn for fear of politicization, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

However, El-Rufai’s comments drew the ire of the Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere and its counterpart in the southeast, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who described it as a ploy to mislead Nigerians.

But the governor, speaking while answering questions at a panel discussion at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit, NESG, which is taking place at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, noted that there was a difference between the position of the Northern Elders Forum. , NEF, against restructuring and Northerners as a people.

He argued that there were more than a hundred million Northerners whose interests were at stake, and he argued that the advantages that an individual obtained for himself did not directly apply to the entire North.

“No advantage to the north”

“We have the highest number of children out of school. We have the highest poverty rate. We have the lowest JAMB cut rate. So what are the advantages for the North in the current situation?

“As the governor of Kaduna state, I have had to analyze these issues and try to see how I can move the people of my state up the ladder. I believe that it is necessary to differentiate the knowledge of a few and the voice of the silent majority ”, he said.

El-Rufai, however, lamented that certain people present the restructuring in a derogatory way in a way that portrays all Northerners as backward people.

He said: “The way some people present the restructuring is so insulting and derogatory. We should have an honest conversation about what works and what doesn’t. We have nothing to benefit from making disparaging remarks against a particular group of people because of the restructuring.

“If today there are leaders from the north due to the fact that I am governor, I must be there. So who are these Northerners against restructuring? Who are they? Who are they speaking for? So let’s have a very honest, unemotional conversation without putting people down, insulting them, or incriminating them. “

“APC remains committed to restructuring”

El-Rufai, who noted that some interested members of his party are making frantic efforts to have the bill submitted to the National Assembly for consideration before the end of the current administration’s term, said the ruling party is still is committed to restructuring.

The governor spoke while answering questions in a panel discussion at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit, NESG, which is taking place at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

He explained that the committee made bold recommendations at the time and prepared a bill for transmission to the National Assembly that all lawmakers could take up and sponsor as a private bill.

According to him, “we do not need an executive bill to initiate action on the bill presented by the committee.”

The governor insisted that it was the position of the party and the president to see that the bill became law, assuring that it would soon begin its consideration.

“The consideration could be made in parts since we do not require a general amendment to the constitution to restructure the country,” he said.

“The violence is worse in the north of Kaduna than in the south”

On the insecurity in southern Kaduna, the governor posited that the violence in northern Kaduna was more devastating than the insecurity in southern Kaduna, as perceived by the public.

However, he refused to speak in detail about the real cause of the violence, promising that he would be available only if a separate session was organized to discuss the issue.

“Although the violence in southern Kaduna has been over-reported, insecurity in northern Kaduna, Birnin Gwari, is more than that in southern Kaduna. But the Lagos and Abuja-based newspapers choose to focus on southern Kaduna rather than what is actually happening, ”he said.

The governor noted that the crisis was more than 200 years old and could not be addressed in a minute.

Regarding the population, El-Rufai argued that the population could only be controlled by educating the girl.

“Countries that controlled the birth rate through legislation are now reversing it. There is a lot of debate about it because countries that have tried to slow population growth like China have now reversed themselves.

“Singapore even pays you to have children. The current thinking in developing economies is that population growth is not bad if you can ensure that the population is educated and healthy.

“But at the state level, we are all doing everything we can to reduce the level of fertility. And what is the best way? The best way is to educate girls. By making sure your girls are educated, you will immediately lower their fertility level.

“The way is to ensure that the girls get at least the upper secondary level because now they take their destiny into their own hands. They start at least from the age of 18 “.

It’s a game to fool the unsuspecting – Afenifere

Reacting yesterday, Afenifere, in a statement from the secretary of National Advertising, Yinka Odumakin, said: “El-Rufai can go to an assembly of fools and tell them such fallacies and they will cheer him, but you must know that he cannot say that. enlightened people. This is the next level of taqqiya.

“If their reason was valid, why haven’t they reintroduced it after the 2019 elections? Will you say it is because of COVID-19 and EndSARS? These guys think their fellow citizens are being fooled. There is no game they won’t play on the road to 2023 to fool the unsuspecting. “

Nigerians are now wiser – Ohanaeze

For his part, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that Nigerians were now wiser than being misled, adding that the only thing that would convince Nigerians was for APC to guarantee the restructuring of the country before 2023.

Speaking through his special advisor on media and publicity, Chief Emeka Attamah, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chairman General Chief Nnia Nwodo said that what would excite Nigerians would be to hear that President Buhari has ordered the restructuring of Nigeria.

Why does this administration thrive on lies? There is no program of theirs that they promised Nigerians that has ever been made.

“One would recall that it was in the run-up to the 2019 elections when the Middle and South Belt Leadership Forum was campaigning for restructuring that APC half-established the Governor El-Rufai Committee and, they were hardly carried out. elections, he consigned all the recommendations they made to the garbage can.

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“Now, they have returned. Movement without movement. I think Nigerians are wiser now and can no longer be fooled by ironic pretenses.

“Until they take visibly convincing steps this time, the whole story of El-Rufai is nonsense. Restructuring is indisputably inevitable before Nigeria’s collapse.

“That they carry out the restructuring of the country before the elections of 2023 to acquire some vestige of credibility with the Nigerians and the international community.

“Let the breaking news be: President Buhari orders the restructuring of Nigeria immediately. With that, he would have written his name in gold. All the sins of this administration will be forgiven and forgotten and he will become one of the greatest, if not the greatest leader of Nigeria. “

APC government is not honest with Nigerians – PANDEF

The main sociocultural organization of the South-South geopolitical zone, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has said that the ruling Congress of All Progressives, APC, is not honest with Nigerians.

The forum’s national chairman, Retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, made the comment yesterday while reacting to a statement by Governor El-Rufai that the restructuring bill recommended by his committee was withdrawn in 2018 due to its politicization prior to 2019. general surveys.

His words: “The call for restructuring in Nigeria did not start today. Even the All Progressives Congress, APC, came to power because when they were campaigning in 2015, they had said they would restructure Nigeria.

“Unfortunately when they arrived they refused to do so and people were shocked. In fact, Nigerians started asking questions about it, reminding them that this is what you said you would do, which is why they (the APC government) decided to establish the El-Rufai committee.

“I have just heard it now that the bill was renounced, that must have been an internal thing within the party, and it means that they were not honest in the first instance, because if they renounced it in 2014 against 2015, why would they leave it when it met? the committee?

“I think they are not honest with Nigerians. And PANDEF is calling on Nigerians to stand up and save this country instead of leaving it in disarray before they now say okay, we want to restructure it. This is the time to do it, in fact before the next election.

Nkanga noted that the information from El-Rufai, however, was not necessary now, as PANDEF would not stop talking about the restructuring of the country.

He reiterated that the restructuring of Nigeria is not in the hands of any individual, group or political party, stressing that “it is a national debate and the whole country must rise up and restructure it, it is what can save this country.”

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