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President Buhari concerned about Nigeria making progress, not personal power - El-Rufai

President Buhari concerned about Nigeria making progress, not personal power - El-Rufai

- Governor El-Rufai spoke about the recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring

- The committee recommended devolution of power, among other things

- El-Rufai stated that President Buhari supports the devolution of power as he is not concerned about personal power but Nigeria's progress

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not concerned about personal power and is willing to give up power if that is what is needed to make Nigeria progress.

El-Rufai said this while commenting on one of the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on restructuring.

Devolution of power is one of the key things recommended by the committee.

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Devolution is the statutory delegation of powers from the central government of a sovereign state to govern at a regional or local level. It is a form of administrative decentralization. Devolved territories have the power to make legislation relevant to the area.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television, El-Rufai said the president is fully aware of the implications of the provision and is excited about it.

He said: “He was excited. He was very pleased and he said he fully supports what we have done and that he is looking forward to the party officially transmitting it to him for his necessary action."

“President Buhari is not concerned about his personal power, he is concerned about Nigeria making progress.

“If giving up power will make Nigeria progress, he will give all of it up. Not just part of it but all of it. This is the real Buhari that many people don’t know.”

Speaking on the scope of the report, the governor said it was done in the interest of Nigeria.

He explained that the committee took into consideration the opinions of the youth, women and the vulnerable.

He said: “It is the most comprehensive review of this subject matter ever in Nigeria’s history.

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“The government picks who goes there, they decide who participates, and it is mostly old people with a sprinkle of a few women. Our committee opened the space for everyone.

“More than one-third of the membership of our committee were women. More than a quarter of the membership were young people, below the age of 40.

“It was a very broad range of consultation. Many opposition figures have expressed support for the report. We have proposed more than 20 alterations to the constitution. Everything we did is in the best interest of Nigeria.

“So, this is the first time that a platform has been given to young people and women and those that are vulnerable to give their voices to what shape of the federation they want to see.

“Because old people like me, 50, 60, 70 cannot define the future for Nigerian youth below the age of 40. What young women and our people see is completely different from what old people see.” previously reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the 2019 presidency and also 24 states.

El-Rufai said this was based on scientific evaluation and not just mere prediction.

He said: “I do not have any doubt in my mind that we are going to win the next elections; not only in the centre but we are going to present our 24 states, and even more.

“We are not saying this foolishly, this is scientific. We are monitoring the pulse of Nigerians, not the pulse of a section of Nigerians and I am confident that we are going to win the 2019 elections.”

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