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North not afraid of restructuring –Govs

Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the 19 northern states are not afraid of the proposed restructuring of the country.

  Tambuwal stated this yesterday in Jos, Plateau State, at the annual Law Week and memorial lecture by the Nigerian Bar Association, Jos branch, for Justice Dauda Azaki, who died 20 years ago.

The statement came after a remark by his Borno State counterpart, Mr. Shettima, dismissing that the clamour for restructuring elicited widespread condemnation, especially from eminent southern Nigerians and groups from the southern half of the country.

“I can confidently say here that we in the northern part of Nigeria are not afraid of restructuring,”  Gov Tambuwal said.

The Sokoto governor, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said contrary to insinuations that northern Nigerians were opposed to restructuring of the country, those saying so were merely raising a false alarm.

Governor Tambuwal stressed that northerners were not afraid of the economic implications of restructuring. He said  most states in the north have enough mineral deposits to be self-sustaining.

He added that Nigerians from all parts of the country desire true federalism.

Speaking in the same vein, Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, said restructuring is a welcome development as long as the proposed restructuring will not ignite rancour in the country.

Abubakar urged Nigerians to be properly educated on the issue to allay fears among some of them.

On his part, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, also called for caution on the issue.

Lalong said the agitation for restructuring almost caused the country another round of unrest.

“A misunderstanding of the concept of restructuring among the younger generation has also undoubtedly given rise in some quarters to the provocative and inciting calls for seccesion and the dissolution of the Nigerian state,” he said.

Governor Lalong said he supported the policy of restructuring, but lamented that some of the agitations for restructuring had veered into hate speeches.

Returning to the topic of the event, Tambuwal admonished Nigerian judges and lawyers to adjudicate speedily on cases to avoid prolonging stay of persons awaiting trial in prisons

Earlier, chairman of the Jos branch of the NBA, Ralph Monye, criticised the prosecution of some judges in Abuja for alleged corrupt practices.

“I had strongly condemned that despicable act and in solidarity with their Lordships, I had predicted that the Judiciary, which seemed at that time to be under intense fire, would surely come out unscathed. The dust has since settled and mist of the judges have since resumed in their places of primary assignments.”

Monye said practitioners of other professions were not being questioned for doing wrong, and called for the prosecution of some security operatives for inhuman treatment of citizens.

“The DSS (State Security Service) is still one of the security outfits in Nigeria with no one calling for its disbandment,” he said.

The theme of the 2017 Law Week of the association was: “Restructuring: A Panacea for Nigeria’s Development and Cohesion.”

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 5th December 2017 at 6:22 am

    North is only about northern natives. South is only about southern natives. Fulani criminal terrorists are not natives in this territory- by so doing, do not have stake in this territory of the natives, do not have place in this territory of the natives as criminal terrorists who has been terrorizing the natives, stealing God given wealth of the natives, killing the natives, defrauding the natives etc. with their criminal caliphate, politicians, military circle etc. hidden under the fraudulent political name Nigeria- they must vacate this territory of the natives now or be annihilated with their collaborators in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. The only scientific restructuring is Disintegration base on backgrounds of the native- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. which must be defended in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. Liberation of the natives has come, Freedom of the natives has come- it is irreversible. This is 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 5th December 2017 at 6:37 am

    Existence securities and freedom of the natives are only secured under the natives Disintegrated Republics, so do the natives education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. are only secured under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, which must be defended in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 5th December 2017 at 10:21 am

    If they, the Northern politicians are truly democratically honest that they are not afraid of the needed all-inclusive democratic restructuring of Nigeria-current political structure, then what exactly are they afraid of? Are they afraid of any breakup of the country into more countries or what exactly are they afraid of?

    2014 Confab was constituted by the then President Jonathan Goodluck, in line with the 1914 Amalgamation proposal by the British Government to bring the Southern and Northern Protectorates together to form “One Nigeria” for one hundred (100) years, after which the people of the Southern and Northern Nigerians will then renegotiate whether to democratically remain as “One Nigeria” or to peacefully go on their separate ways!

    But what happened after about the six months 2014 Confab meetings and final report of the Confab?

    Was it not the Northern Political cabals who started to oppose the proposed agenda of the needed democratically restructuring of the current Nigeria political structure into more all-inclusive democratic structure, at the 2014 Confab meeting?

    They even instigated the Arewa Youths to oppose the restructuring proposal, and any final outcome resolutions from each of the sub-committees that will form the 2014 Confab report, which they claimed would favor the Southerners more than the Northerners.

    With this wrong notions created in the mind of average Northerners, especially on the Arewa Youths, the Northern political cabals then influenced President Buhari not to pay a single attention on the 2014 Confab report, which was among the reasons why he said it would be perpetually kept in the archives!

    While we, the Well-meaning Nigerians of all tribes and cultures still prefers One unified Nigeria, especially from the current diversified tribes and cultures as “One All-inclusively Restructured Nigeria”, Nigeria’s current political structure from the Federal Government to States and Local Governments, must be all-inclusively restructured in democratic transparency and honesty, which is totally devoid of all forms of political discriminations, marginalizations, nepotism, militarization, brutality, oppressions, suppressions and all sorts of social injustices that is on-going current with political structure of Nigeria and Nigerian governance, being subtly established in 1966 to the 1999 claimed constitutional amendment till date!

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