- An elder statesman and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has again spoken on why Nigeria needs to be restructured
- Clark accused the APC leader Bola Tinubu of avoiding talks on restructuring because of his interest in the 2023 presidency
- The Ijaw leader also called on President Buhari to take appropriate steps to implement the report of the Nasir El-Rufai committee on restructuring
FCT, Abuja - Chief Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader, has accused Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of being afraid to speak on the agitation for Nigeria's restructuring.
The Cable reported that Clark made the allegation at a press conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, November 24.
Legit.ng gathers that the elder statesman accused the former Lagos state governor of keeping quiet on the issue because of his 2023 presidential ambition.
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"The Tinubus who brought restructuring to the manifesto of APC have not spoken because they fear that if they do, they will not be allowed to contest for the presidency of the country, come 2023."
Though many of his associates and political proteges have started campaigning for him, Tinubu has not officially declared intentions to vie for the 2023 presidency.
Nigerians want restructuring
Speaking further, Clark said many Nigerians want the country to be restructured to douse the nationwide agitations.
The Ijaw leader also said Nigerians are ready to accept the implementation of the 2014 National Conference or the APC’s El-Rufai Committee Report.
More calls for Nigeria's restructuring
Meanwhile, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has declared that restructuring is the only way to save Nigeria.
Chief George, in a statement seen by Legit.ng, said restructuring will prevent the violent dissolution of the Nigerian entity.
He added that it will be wrong and even cynical for anyone to pretend that the present Nigerian structure is smooth and without flaws.
President Buhari agrees to okay restructuring bill if passed by federal lawmakers
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 3 said he would not hesitate to give assent to any amendments to the 1999 Constitution on restructuring.
He made the comment when the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), led by Professor Benjamin Okaba, visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The president noted that the National Assembly, whose responsibility it is to amend the constitution, had concluded regional consultations.