The renewed restructuring debate particularly between the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and one of his predecessors, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been trending in the media this was made known in a statement by the Ag. National Publicity Secretary Mr. Yekini Nabena on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Nabena said that Prof. Osinbajo in his well-articulated response to Alh. Atiku, submitted that what Nigeria requires now is not geographic restructuring but good governance, honest management of public resources, deeper fiscal Federalism and a clear vision for development.
He added that the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot agree more with Prof. Osinbajo.
” It must be said that the calls for restructuring by many politicians is often time a populist and opportunistic ploy to latch on and politically exploit simplistic public narratives on the panacea to Nigeria’s problems and not necessarily for its realism and practicability The spokesman stated .
Mr Nabena noted that Past administrations have splashed billions of public funds to convene several national conferences, subsequently left conference reports to gather dust and achieved NOTHING. Bad governance, corruption, bigotry and other ills remain the limiting factors that continue to hold the country back.
He further advised that “we must never succumb to ethnic champions who promote campaigns to breakup the country into tiny bits or other unrealistic and unpatriotic proposals in the name of restructuring to solve our problems as a country. It is simplistic and unconstitutional.
Mr Nabena also noted : For instance, Alhaji Atiku was Vice President and Chairman of the National Economic Council throughout the eight years of the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. How did he use his office to correct the imbalance in our federation he expresses today? Senator David Mark was Senate President for eight years and never sponsored a motion on restructuring. Today he is promising to restructure the country.
” We must be wary of latter-day converts to the matter of restructuring, exploiting the issue for populist political campaigns” he advised .
The statement further revealed thus:
As Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo submitted, good governance involves transparency and prudence in public finance, it involves social justice, investing in the poor and providing jobs and opportunities for the people, particularly young people. This remains the focus of the current administration as seen by the several social intervention programmes currently being implemented. Commendably, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to implementing a New National Minimum wage. Also, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) scheme, comprising: GEEP MarketMoni, GEEP FarmerMoni and GEEP TraderMoni is being executed by the Bank of Industry and providing interest-free loans to petty traders and artisans across Nigeria.
With the inception of the President Buhari administration, a well-articulated roadmap, considering all the issues involved in ensuring a new, well secured, better governed Nigeria with equitable distribution of resources within the component federating units, is being given serious attention.
Recall that the APC set up a Committee on True Federalism under the Chairmanship of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. The Committee submitted its report to the immediate-past National Working Committee, making its recommendations on twenty four items that Nigerians expressed views to balance our federation.
These items are: creation of states; merger of states; delegation principle; fiscal federalism; devolution of power and resources between state, federal and local governments; federating units; form of government; independent candidacy; land tenure system; local government autonomy; power sharing and rotation; resource control; types of legislature; demand for affirmation for vulnerable groups — people with disabilities, women and youth; ministerial appointment; citizenship; state constitution; community participation; minimum wage; governance; judiciary; state re-alignment and border adjustment; circular status of the federation and referendum.
A practical approach to implement the Committees Report is being considered by the Federal Government.
The APC believes that good, sincere, focussed, and purposeful leadership at all levels will propel the country to its deserved heights. Sincere efforts towards achieving True Federalism are more important than politically-exploited populist rhetoric which achieve NOTHING. With emphasis on practicability, constitutionality and reality, we are confident that True Federalism or restructuring as some will like to call it will be better achieved under the President Buhari-led APC administration.
Disrupt Election process at the expense of your life,Buhari tells Political Thugs
….. orders military to be ruthless on ballot box snatchers
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned political thugs to behave themselves or face the dare consequences.The president made this known in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari said : I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance, I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military to identify hotspots , flash points, they should be prepared to move. They too would have made their own arrangement as possible and resources provided as much as the country can afford it.
He added that anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb it (elections) , maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take. I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.
He also stated that “We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the party. I’m not afraid … As you said, I have gone round all the 36 states and Abuja. I think I have gotten enough support across the country.
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks, he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he would do it at the expense of his own life. Baba has spoken” he warned categorically.
Nabena to US, UK, EU: Focus on Brexit, election interference probe, not Nigeria
The reported interference on Nigeria’s forthcoming General Elections by some western countries led by the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK) and countries of the European Union (EU) has been strongly condemned by Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nabena made the condemnations while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday
According to tge APC chieftain, the western nations have enough enough already on their hands, therefore their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they facing them.
“In all elections conducted in the country, we have always welcomed local and foreign monitors and observers. In our view, this is a best practice and geared to ensure the transparency of our elections.
“But comments on our election processes coming from some western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions have been downright meddlesome and tantamount to interference.
“Nigeria is a sovereign nation and such actions by these western countries negate the principles of international law which outlaws interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation by another country.
“While the electioneering process might not be perfect as seen with the last-minute postponement of the General Elections, we must all work together to make it better. Statements and actions by these western diplomats and accredited foreign observer missions that erodes confidence in the elections is inexcusable and strongly condemned. As a country, we will always find local solutions to our local challenges whenever they arise.
“The US, UK and EU have enough already on their hands. Their time and energy should be spent on the probe of alleged Russian interference in the immediate-past US elections, the breakdown of the Brexit deal between the UK and EU and many other serious challenges they face.” Nabena stated.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, also condemned the last-minute postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He however urged INEC to correct the lapses which led to the postponement to ensure hitch-free rescheduled elections on Saturday.
Timi Frank exposes plot to bomb INEC headquarters in Abuja
…Urges security beef up
The erstwhile Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APCl has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to destabilise the rescheduled polls after the postponement of the Presidential Elections last Saturday, including bombing of Abuja headquarters of the INEC.
According to Frank, the deadly plan is being orchestrated by those who are bent on destroying democracy in Nigeria at all cost, even if it amounts to total breakdown of law and order, or the loss of lives in achieving their agenda.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, Frank said the plot which was revealed by an anonymous top lead also exposed the modus for which “the agents of darkness intend to operate.
“Top among the planners includes three serving Ministers from the Niger Delta, Two former Governors and three business men all within the ruling party and benefiting from its largesse.
“Following the postponement of the February 16th polls and realizing that the plan for staggered elections may have been busted, these desperate political crooks are it again devising yet another grand plan to carry out this evil plot against the Nigerian people.
Nigerians may recall the mysterious arson on INEC facilities and building all around the country happening simulteanously days before the elections.
“Starting off with the burning of the INEC office in Quan-Pam, Plateau state, to the burning of Card Readers in Anambra State, to the burning of INEC materials in 5 buses at Akwa Ibom and other INEC facilities nationwide, it will be safe therefore to note that these events are not a coincidence, but rather a grand plot to disenfranchise the opposition strongholds which is currently underway.
“Having realized that the grand scheme of rigging the polls may have been busted by the INEC chairman giving to the postponement of the elections, these desperadoes are bent on doing everything possible in achieving thier aim, including the trauncating of our hard earned democracy for selfish gains.
“We are also aware that the services of some Niger Delta militants is being sorted after in carrying out this dastardly act, even at a time when the region is being faced with its worst times under the current administration.
“These militants are being promised the backing of the military authorities as well as being rewarded handsomely should they succeed in carrying out these attacks.
“I am therefore urging all true sons of the Niger delta to desist forthwith from allowing themselves to be used by this agents of darkness, as no true son of the region will volunteer for such doom, irrespective of any pecuniary gains.
“I would like to thank our foreign partners (EU, UK, US, Ecowas Monitoring group) on the electoral roles already carried out in Nigeria and also urge the US, UK and the EU to continue with its good works and to further beam it’s satellite on Nigeria in the wake of this grave revelation at a time when the country prepares for its General Elections.
“The desperation by this individuals for their paymasters is as deadly as treason committed on the Nigerian nation. Furthermore if this plot is true, then we may be faced with the likely scenario of the “body bags” as suggested by a chieftain of the ruling party on all who may be present at the INEC office including the foreign observers.”
Frank urged the security agencies to beef up security and surveillance around the INEC Headquarters and pleaded with the INEC chairman to remain resolute to delivering his trust and mandate to the Nigerian people on the 23rd of February.
“We are aware of the happenings in INEC including the role to be played by Amina Zakari who is now in charge of Collation and RACTEC unit under the IT Department. Let it be known that any move to frustrate the wishes of Nigerians will be resisted by all peace loving Nigerians.”
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