In pursuance of his clamour for the restructuring of the country, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has intensified consultation with governors and leaders of northern extraction, across party lines.
A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, yesterday, said Dickson visited the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai at the Government House, yesterday, where they held closed door meeting.
El-rufai was chairman of APC Committee on Restructuring. Both governors are expected to address the media.
Dickson will also visit and hold consultations with other governors in the region. The consultation will be concluded in June before the political atmosphere heats up.
Dickson is passionate about the unity and stability of Nigeria and believes the only way to put the country on the path of peace, prosperity and stability is return it to fiscal federalism and devolve power to the federating units, through restructuring.
He, also, said restructuring will guarantee a free, fair, stable and egalitarian Nigeria, which every ethnic nationality would be proud to call its country.
While calling on Nigerians to support the reorganisation of the country, the governor averred that those calling for true federalism, devolution of power and resource control are patriots and should be commended.
“In fulfilment of Dickson’s resolve to dialogue with the leaders and governors of northern extraction, he has, from Sunday, May 20, commenced his visits to northern governors and leaders of the region, to further consult and dialogue with them, with a view to getting their buy-in on the restructuring of Nigeria.
“Consequently, the governor has visited Governor El-Rufai, on Sunday held closed door meeting with him. The two governors will jointly address the media.
“The dialogue with the governors and leaders will be concluded in June, before the 2019 political activities heat up. Restructuring is not an end in itself, but, a means to an end. A restructured Nigeria will calm frayed nerves, address the national question, the basis of our unity as a people and enhance the peace and stability of the nation,” he said in the statement.