- Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan is not happy that southern governors are calling for the restructuring of Nigeria
- The Yobe-born politician said it is not in the place of elected officials to make such calls
- Lawan also said restructuring should start at the state level and not the national level
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, May 13 faulted the call for restructuring the country by the Southern Governors Forum.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Lawan said it was wrong for elected officials to lead such agitation.
Vanguard quoted him as saying:
“I believe that as leaders, especially those of us who are elected into office should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing.
“We should avoid regionalism. We are all leaders and we are in this together. The solutions to our challenges must come from us regardless of what level of government we are.”
ThisDay newspaper also reports that the Senate President further said the worsening security situation in the country is a result of a lack of a functional local government system.
He said, while the nation’s leaders seek solutions to the security crisis confronting the nation, the local government system should not be neglected.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the comments of Lawan via social media.
Owolabi Kolade wrote on Facebook:
“So elected officials must not say the truth about what is required to bring development to the nation. This country is doomed if these reckless thoughts are coming from people who we call leaders.’’
Enoch Omachonu Agwojo wrote:
“That is nonsense talk coming from Mr. Senate President. Why do we elect our leaders? We elected them to represent us and present our demand to the federal level of government.’’
Babayemi Ogunyele wrote:
“I don't blame him, but the southerners that have sold their birthright, imagine a senator asking the governors to restructure their state in a lopsided country.’’
Ejovwo Solomon wrote:
“The country can not progress as one nation, because there are two nations in one nation (northern nation and southern nation) with different goals to achieve.’’
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the governors of the 17 states in southern Nigeria met in Asaba, the Delta state capital, on Tuesday, May 12.
At the meeting, the governors discussed several issues including lopsided appointments by the federal government, security, open cattle grazing, and restructuring of Nigeria.
The governors also agreed to ban open grazing in southern Nigeria due to the insecurity challenges in the region.
The resolution is part of the governors' efforts to tackle the menace of insecurity that emanates from the unchecked activities of herdsmen.