A practical approach to the implementation of the report of the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led Committee on True Federalism is being considered by the Federal Government, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yekini Nabena, has said.
Nabena said this yesterday in a statement issued over the renewed restructuring debate particularly between the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
He said the APC agreed with Osinbajo that what Nigeria required now was not geographic restructuring but good governance, honest management of public resources, deeper fiscal federalism and a clear vision for development.
He said the calls for restructuring by many politicians were often a populist and opportunistic ploy to exploit “simplistic public narratives on the panacea to Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily for its realism and practicability.”
The APC, which expressed its belief that good, sincere, focused, and purposeful leadership at all levels would propel the country to its deserved heights, added that sincere efforts towards achieving true federalism were more important than politically-exploited populist rhetoric which achieved nothing.
He said, “We must never succumb to ethnic champions who promote campaigns to break up the country into tiny bits or other unrealistic and unpatriotic proposals in the name of restructuring to solve our problems as a country. It is simplistic and unconstitutional.
“For instance, Alhaji Atiku was vice president and chairman of the National Economic Council throughout the eight years of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. How did he use his office to correct the imbalance in our federation he expresses today? Senator David Mark was Senate President for eight years and never sponsored a motion on restructuring. Today, he is promising to restructure the country.
“We must be wary of latter-day converts to the matter of restructuring, exploiting the issue for populist political campaigns,” he said.