It Is Not Buhari’s Responsibility To Restructure Nigeria – Presidency

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Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari

The presidency has reacted to calls for the restructuring of Nigeria, calling on proponents to approach the legislative arm of government.

Calls for the restructuring of Nigeria increased on Thursday as prominent Nigerians, including the immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh, supported the notion.

Speaking at the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme: ‘Restructuring in Nigeria: Why? How? When?’ the prominent Nigerians suggested that restructuring is the only action capable of moving the country forward.

However, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, in an interview with The PUNCH, said that only the National Assembly has the power to restructure the country.

Hence, he advised proponents of restructuring to approach the senate and members of the House of Representatives.

He said, “Our position on the call for restructuring has not changed.

“People are calling it restructuring, the ruling party, APC, and the government call it devolution.

“Whichever name you call it, the government is not opposed to it. What we are saying is that the parliament is the body empowered by law to effect any change in the nation’s structure.

“The process of constitution review is ongoing in the National Assembly now. We advise proponents of restructuring to approach the parliament and take advantage of the opportunity that ongoing process offers.”

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