Restructuring: Only NASS can make it happen, says presidency

Restructuring: Only NASS can make it happen, says presidency

- According to the presidency, there is only one condition to be met before restructuring can become a reality in Nigeria

- The presidency said this cannot happen without the approval of the National Assembly

- This position was put forward on Thursday, January 21, by Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Buhari, to agitators for the change across Nigeria

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The presidency has given a very vital reaction to calls for national restructuring from prominent Nigerians and many socio-political groups.

Some of the persons who have been agitating for an overhauling of the current system are the former president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, a chieftain of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, and the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Audu Ogbeh.

The position of these individuals is that not all regions in the country benefit as much as they contribute to the nation's growth in this mode of operation.

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However, giving a reply to this submission, a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, who spoke on Thursday, January 21, on the issue, said only the National Assembly has the constitutional authority and power to effect restructuring, Punch reports.

Restructuring: Only NASS can make it happen, says presidency
The presidency has said that without NASS approval, restructuring will not happen in Nigeria. (Photo: Muhammadu Buhari)
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Garba said without the approval of the NASS, there can be no basis for restructuring.

With this said, Garba called on the agitators to forward their appeal to the legislative arm of the federal government.

Added to this, Ajibola Basiru, the spokesman of the Senate, on his part said restructuring has now become a slogan.

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Bashiru advised persons who had submitted memoranda to the Senate committee on constitution review to meet their senators so as to be enlightened on what they are asking for.

Meanwhile, there had been calls for the restructuring of the Nigerian state in a lot of aspects from many regions in the country.

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One of those who had lent their voices to the call is the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) a prominent socio-cultural group that has also spoken against the current presidential system.

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