- Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has insisted that Nigeria must be restructured
- El-Rufai noted that any northern leader who speaks against restructuring does so in his personal capacity
- The governor, however, added that APC is not against the call for restructuring
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has restated his position on the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria, saying that the northerners kicking against calls were not speaking for the north, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the committee that produced the draft bill on restructuring had to step it down to prevent the bill from being politicised.
According to him, the draft bill was submitted to the federal government in January 2018 by the El-Rufai-led committee.
The governor, while speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, November 24, during a session at the 26th National Economic Summit, stated that efforts were being made to transmit the draft bill to the National Assembly for consideration.
El-Rufai insisted that the position of most members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was that the bill must be passed into law based on its diverse benefits to the country.
He regretted that some northerners were opposed to restructuring, stressing that they were being selfish in their dispositions.
The governor said that Nigerians should understand the difference between the position of some northerners and the north as a region.
“We have the highest number of out-of-school children. We have the highest poverty rate. We have the lowest JAMB cut-off rate. So, what are the advantages in the North in the current situation."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a prominent Nigerian lawyer, Onyekachi Monday Ubani, said the southeast should be given the chance to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.
It was reported that Ubani, a former second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) who hails from Abia state, made this known in an interview on Sunday, November 15.
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