Newspaper review: Northern youths give conditions for restructuring talks

Newspaper review: Northern youths give conditions for restructuring talks

The newspaper review for Tuesday, May 22, leads with former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, expressing his annoyance towards Bukola Saraki saying that he regretted supporting him to emerge as the Senate president, among other stories.

Vanguard reports that Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South, expressed his annoyance towards the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, saying that he regretted supporting him to emerge as the Senate number one citizen on June 9, 2015.

The senator, speaking Friday night on a Channels Television programme accused Saraki of targeting those who oppose him.

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During the television programme, Maupe Ogun, the presenter, had asked the senator if he regrets supporting the Senate president he said: “Yes, I do. Look at the Senate now, we have been reduced to unbearable level of integrity, just because of few people, few person, that is wrong.

“I don’t want to be individualistic about it. We put the leadership there for Saraki; if you want me to be specific about it, and then it turns out to be another thing. We have Senator’s President now, instead of Senate president.”

The Punch reports that the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, and his Kaduna state counterpart, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, met on Monday over the controversial issue of restructuring of the country.

The Bayelsa state helmsman said he was in Kaduna to support the recommendations of the All Progressives Congress’ Committee on True Federalism, that Nigeria should be restructured.

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Restructuring, he argued, “will never portend danger to the country but will rather enhance the nation’s progress and unity.”

The governor, while speaking with journalists at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, the state capital, commended El-Rufai’s effort on the far-reaching recommendations of his party’s true federalism committee report on restructuring.

He urged Nigerians to support restructuring for a fairer and more stable and sustainable Nigeria, noting that restructuring must be embraced across party lines to enhance fundamental constitutional reforms.

The Nation reports in Kaduna, a Coalition of the North’s socio-political groups, supported structural reforms, with a condition – those who will carry the banner should be within the 18 to 60 years bracket.

They said the older men who have been speaking and running the country since independence and after, should not take the front seats at their envisaged national discourse.

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Also in Kaduna, Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson met with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who chaired the All Progressives Congress (APC) restructuring committee which made some recommendations , including state police.

Dickson is urging El-Rufai to join the push for the federal government to embrace restructuring.

In the Anambra state capital where Ohanaeze Ndigbo organised a summit on state of the nation, the Igbo socio-cultural group, its Yoruba counterpart Egbe Afenifere and the Southsouth leadership, led by Chief Edwin Clark, also canvassed restructuring of the country.

The Guardian reports that political, religious and traditional leaders from the southern part of the country gathered in Awka, the Anambra state capital, yesterday, calling for a restructuring of the federation.

They attributed the pockets of agitations across the country to a faulty federal structure, which they said has placed some ethnic groups at the mercy of others.

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They stressed that the path to successful nationhood must address lapses. They also agreed on the retention of the existing six-geopolitical zones, saying they should be institutionalised as part of the constitution.

This decision, however, met with disapproval from some at the event, who felt the gathering should have defined in simple terms the kind of restructuring acceptable to Ndigbo.

The banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had threatened it would disrupt the summit. This might explain the heavy presence of security operatives around Alex Ekwueme Square, the venue of the summit.

This Day reports that the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) until today to arraign a former minister of water resources Mukhtar Shehu Shagari and four others.

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The others charged along with the ex-minister are: Ibrahim Gidado, Nasiru Dalhatu, Ibrahim Milgoma and Abdullahi Mohammed Wali.

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They are to be docked on a five-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N500 million.

The defendants are alleged to have participated in the sharing of the $115million largesse from former minister of petroleum resources intended to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

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