- A policy group, Global Economic Policy Initiative, said vice president Yemi Osinbajo approached the course of restructuring more than many advocates
- The group’s chairman, Bernard Okri, noted that it is mischievous to say the vice president is not committed to restructuring of Nigeria
- He said Osinbajo’s support for restructuring dates to 1999 when he was Attorney General of Lagos
A policy group, Global Economic Policy Initiative (GEPIn), said vice president Yemi Osinbajo approached the course of restructuring more than many advocates in and out of government since the country returned to democracy in 1999.
The Nation reports that GEPIn said Osinbajo’s long-running commitment to key elements of restructuring, including fiscal federalism and devolution of powers, both while in and out of government, is unrivalled.
NAIJ.com gathered that the group’s chairman Bernard Okri said it is mischievous to say the vice president is not committed to restructuring.
Okri said: “It is already a well-known public record that Osinbajo is a firm believer of fiscal federalism and the devolution of power, including state police.
“Chairing the National Economic Council (NEC) retreat Osinbajo gave a directive for the commencement of implementation of a community policing programme.
“He followed this up when he met with the Community Policing Steering Committee headed by the DIG Operations, Mr Habila Joshak, to assess progress made in the implementation of the community policing programme.
“Recently, at the 91st NEC meeting, he resolved to explore how the operations of the police can be decentralised in order to improve the level of policing and security in the country.
“The council also set up a committee of governors and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to ensure the decentralisation.”
He said Osinbajo’s support for restructuring dates to 1999 when he was attorney general of Lagos.
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According to him, “As Attorney-general in Lagos state between 1999 and 2007, Osinbajo went to court no less than 10 times on issues of fiscal federalism.”
“What the vice president is opposed to, is the creation of some ethnic-based, new regional arrangements that add another level of bureaucracy.
“This is what he meant by geographical restructuring. That description does not in any way contradict his long-running commitment to key elements of restructuring.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, called for restructuring of Nigeria saying that he will allow different regions to thrive independently.
The monarch also said he preferred restructuring of the country to Igbo presidency in year 2023.
Achebe who made this known on Friday, August 24, in Jos after paying a courtesy visit to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state said Nigerians should discard the notion Igbo, Yoruba, or Hausa presidency.
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