- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his support for the restructuring of Nigeria
- El-Rufai called for more constitutions powers to be given to state governments
- The governor noted that restructuring would prevent state governments from blaming the federal government for challenges at the state level
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has called for the restructuring of Nigeria in a way that would enable equitable distribution of resources.
El-Rufai made the call during his speech at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Arewa House in Kaduna state on Saturday, October 31, The Cable reported.
He said it was time to restructure the country in a manner that will empower states with constitutional control over certain resources.
The governor explained that restructuring should allow states to have more powers over the police, oil and gas resources, minerals, among others.
He said if Nigeria is restructured, state governments would take responsibility for their failings because most of the problems citizens face daily can be resolved at the state level.
He called on the National Assembly committee on constitutional review to consider the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring.
“We, therefore, have no excuse not to seize this moment and do the heavy lifting for our country and our people. It is in our hands to make the structures, laws and constitutional arrangements in our country conducive to modern governance that will ensure our nation thrives in the 21st century.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has backed founder and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Adejare Adeboye on restructuring, saying Nigeria is becoming a failed state.
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the NEF spokesperson, made the position of the forum known while speaking on a live television programme in Lagos on Tuesday, October 6.
According to him, it is high time Nigeria restructured to address the political loopholes and the grievances of some regions in the county.
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