- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government is aware of the debate on the restructuring
- The acting president urges Nigerians to learn from the experiences of countries who sought for separation that eventually plunged their nations into crisis
- Osinbajo says the federal government will come out with policies that will take care of some of the issues around restructuring
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government will soon address calls for restructuring made by some Nigerians.
The acting president made the statement on Thursday, July 6 at the presentation and launch of a book titled: “Nigeria: The Restructuring Controversy,” in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Osinbajo, who was represented by his special adviser on political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, said the federal government was aware of debate for the restructuring of the country by Nigerians and has noted issues about the debate.
“We are looking at all contributions made by Nigerians across the country. Very soon we will come out with policies to address the call for the restructuring of the country.
“We are watching and looking and taking notes. The beauty of Nigeria is that we don’t take up our guns to fight, we love to talk, we love to debate, and this is what we know,” he said.
He recalled that after the result of the elections was annulled in June 12, 1993, Nigerians never took up arms to fight even though there was tension in the country.
“But what we can assure you is that we are all looking at the contributions being made across the country, whether, from the North, South-south, South-east, North-central and South-west, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is taking notes of all the contributions.
“Very soon we are going to come out with policies that will take care of some of the issues around restructuring," he noted.
Osinbajo urged Nigerians to learn from the experiences of countries like South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria who sought for separation that eventually plunged their nations into crisis.
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The acting president however warned that the federal government would not tolerate any act capable of causing divisions among the various ethnic groups in the country.
He urged Nigerians to be committed and loyal to the cause of the country, stressing that separation was not the answer to the country’s challenges.
He said it is in Nigeria's interest as a nation to continue to dialogue for the unity and peace of the country.
“Equity, fairness and justice can only be achieved under a peaceful atmosphere. We must not do those things that will turn us against each other," he said.
Mr. Osinbajo said the government was working assiduously to ensure that all Nigerians, irrespective of their tribes lived better lives.
Meanwhile, the presidency has dismissed reports of an on-going feud between acting president, Yemi Osinbajo and Senate president Bukola Saraki.
NAIJ.com recalls that the Nigerian Senate reportedly threatened to impeach Acting President Yemi Osinbajo if he fails to remove Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This was sequel to a comment credited Osinbajo that the executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the constitution.
However, reports circulating in the social media have it that the acting president had replied Senator Bukola Saraki over the Senate’s stand on Magu.
But the presidency has dismissed such reports as fake and false.
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