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Restructuring, plot against North –Ganduje

Desmond Mgboh, Kano

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has described the clamour for true federalism by some groups in the country as a plot against the North.

The governor said this, yesterday, when he received a progress report of the Kano State Committee on True Federalism, at the Government House, yesterday.

The panel was inaugurated last year.

The committee, led by a former secretary to the state government, Alhaji Sule Hamma, had Alhaji Tanko Yakasai , Dr Junaid Mohammed, Alhaji Bashiru Tofa,  Alhaji Musa Gwadabe and Hajia Aisha Ismail  alongside several personalities, as members.

Ganduje reiterated that the clamour for true federalism was inspired by the efforts of its promoters to present a narrative that the northern part of the country was at an advantage, at the expense of the South, in the scheme of things in Nigeria.

He recalled that initially, the North had tried to shy away from the debate, but said that they later braced up to the debate.

Ganduje acknowledged that apart from the inauguration of the committee at the state level, other bodies at the regional level, such as the Northern Governors Forum, had set up similar committees to come up with their positions.

He welcomed the call for a debate and said in a democracy, debate for better society is not something to scare people but concurred that some aspects of governance in Nigeria needed review.

“The military itself had some features of the unitary system so the child that came out of the military had some features of the unitary system of government.

“That was why the Federal Government became so bogus, became so strong in terms of responsibilities and the revenue of the country,” he stated and added that he was in support of the fact that the federal government should drop some responsibilities for states.

The governor appreciated the committee for stepping outside its brief to deliberating on other aspects of good governance in the state and that his administration is committed to making every member of Kano’s population an asset, rather than a liability so that “what China is to the world, Kano should be to Nigeria.”

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 13th March 2018 at 5:53 am

    North is only about Northern Natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. The only scientific restructuring is Disintegration based on background of the natives. The natives has Disintegrated which are: 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 secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world- education, employment, job, salary, pension, social securities, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. which must be defended with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. Nothing on earth will keep the fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. Any this territory native who do not stand for this territory natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world, must go down with the enemy in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Cley 13th March 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I am surprised that someone like Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who supposed to educate the North on the benefits of a restructured Nigeria is rather claiming that the clamour for this recourse to the 1960s status of Nigeria was targeted at the North. He hinged his claim on the premise of the viral suspicion that the present unitary set up is in favour of the North. There is no gain over-stretching this point, or denying it, except if he is being economical with the truth. What manner of federalism would give the North 19 states at the expense of the southern Nigeria with only 17 states just because the military government that crafted this imbalance was mainly from the North? Even in the Southern Nigeria, they meticulously cheated the South East by carving out only 5 states while others have 6 states. This is a typical case of gerrymandering that will never give us electoral victory in any contest no matter how palatable the antecedents of any candidate from this part of the country will be. It is rather unfortunate that the so-called North has not seen that the present set up in Nigeria has stifled social, economical, technological, and scientific development because it gave no room for healthy rivalry among the states. If anything it has rendered our governors indolent, and made them resort to corrupt practices bearing in mind that hand-outs in form of federal allocation will always come from Abuja every month. The pertinent question is why does the Core north catch cold each time the issue of restructuring reverberates in the South? Why are they holding tenaciously to the unitary system of government which they claimed was the reason for killing late Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi? If they want to be fare to themselves, they should have gone back to the 1963 Republic when it was 4 regions of Northern, Eastern, Mid-western, and Western Nigeria. In retrospect, one could see the quantum progress made in especially agriculture by then. The North had the groundnut pyramid, the East had the Palm oil, Mid-west rubber, and the Western region with Cocoa that earned a lot of foreign exchange to these regions who paid only 50% to the central government as tax that had limited items in the constitution while the regions progressed with other things. Has it not bothered Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that at this point in our history Nigeria is still grappling with poverty? of the highest order when countries like China, Malaysia, Singapore, etc., had over-taken her in all aspects of human endeavour. Why is the North so blinded by the issue of crude oil discovered in the Eastern Nigeria since 1956? Even when Europe and America are developing technologies that will result to the drastic low demand for oil in the near future, these people could not see the wisdom to have a rethink. What manner of human beings are they? Do we have to remain like this simple because some people want to be primitive till the end of the world, if that is possible? It is either the North East and the North West accept this obvious development challenge peacefully via a restructured Nigeria, or expect the cataclysm of REVOLUTION in future.

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