- The Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila, is not against the call for restructuring
- Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman of the House, made this known on Friday, May 14, dismissing some media reports stating otherwise
- Gbajabiamila and the Green Chamber are also committed to reviewing the 1999 constitution in line with Nigerians' yearnings, Kalu added
The House of Representatives has described as false some media reports claiming its Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, is opposed to the call for the restructuring of the country by southern governors.
Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman of the Green Chamber, said in a statement on Friday, May 14, that Gbajabiamila and the current House have shown commitment to a total review of the 1999 constitution to meet the yearning and aspiration of the Nigerian people, The Nation reported.
The statement, also reported Channels TV, partly reads:
"The attention of the House has been drawn to several publications on online and traditional media claiming that the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, is opposed to the Southern Governors’ call for restructuring.
“The House gathers that this allegation was attributed to statements made by the Speaker at a recent interview seeking his opinion on the issue. The House states clearly and unequivocally that the publications are false and misleading.”
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, May 13, faulted the call for restructuring the country by the Southern Governors Forum.
Speaking to newsmen at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Lawan said it was wrong for elected officials to lead such agitation.
The Senate President further said the worsening security situation in the country is a result of a lack of a functional local government system.
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.