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Atiku: The North’s Lone Voice On Restructuring

Posted: Nov 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former Vice President, has of recent been a vocal apostle of restructuring. He has on more than three different fora, lent his voice to the call.
Although he sees restructuring a necessity to enhance national integration and stability, his stand runs contrary to the views of his Northern brothers, who for selfish reasons want the status quo to remain.
Atiku renewed the call at the Late Gen. Usman Katsina Memorial Conference, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Memorial Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna, where most of his listeners were from the core North.
At President Goodluck Jonathan’s seared National Conference, the North stoutly opposed restructuring as championed by the Southern delegates. During the Kaduna lecture, Atiku spoke on “The Challenges of National Integration and Survival of Democracy in Nigeria.”
Atiku, as the chairman of the African Veterinary Association (AVA) and the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) Congress held in Enugu recently, also canvassed for restructuring.
Atiku, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), and Second-in-Command to President Olusegun Obasanjo of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that he sees restructuring as ‘the key’ to the solution of the nation’s problems and component units should feel a true sense of belonging.
He said: “As a country, we have struggled to live up to this ideal. We have obviously not done enough to realise national integration, and the survival of our democracy is still a work in progress. The cost to us has been enormous. We even fought a civil war to forcibly keep the country together.
“Since the various amalgamations that created the entity that we now call Nigeria, different segments of Nigeria’s population have, at different times and sometimes at the same time, expressed feelings of marginalisation, of being short-changed, dominated, oppressed, threatened, or even targeted for elimination.”
Atiku, who nurses a presidential dream, stressed his belief in one strong and united Nigeria, feels that the component units should see restructuring as the only way to go, and that Nigerians should support it irrespective of their religious, political or ethnic persuasion.
One may ask: Will Atiku not be accused of anti-party by the APC for taking this stand since it seems to have forgotten its campaign promises on the issue, even as restructuring does not seem to be in President Muhammadu Buhari’s current “Change’ agenda?
If Atiku becomes the nation’s president, will he not abandon the call for restructuring after riding on its back to Aso Rock, as many see this his sing song as means to a selfish end.

By Ejikeme Omenazu

Comments (1)

  • Nov 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm sirOscie

    Atiku Abubakar’s call for restructuring is a welcome one and I urge the President to have a second thought on the issue of restructuring because it will help bring to an end the issues of agitations across the length and breadth of the country..
    Restructuring is truly the way to go.

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