Restructuring: North Would Not Join The Bandwagon – Tambuwal

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    Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said that the North wants restructuring just like anyone else, but would not just jump to the bandwagon.

    He expressed this at a two-day conference on ‘The North and the future of the Nigerian Federation’, organised by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), which commenced at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Wednesday.

    “Let us be clear: the North wants restructuring as much as anyone else. However, as a people we do not easily jump unto the bandwagon because we are always there for the long haul. We believe that any decision we take must be inclusive, and respect procedures and processes so that the outcome is sustainable,” he said.

    He stressed that what was most important at the moment, was ensuring that the country remains peaceful.

    “We should first agree to the term of restructuring and come to terms with the definition. We all want a country where there is peace and progress. I believe each state in the country has its own comparative advantage. A state that is making more money now, may not in the future, we must look at the future.

    “I want to assure participants that outcome of this conference will form aggregate views. I call on all to come and express their views,” he said.

    The governor said that participants can be better informed on restructuring and how best it can benefit them and the country from the conference.

    He said that issues surrounding the calls for restructuring would be well deliberated and the positions made known in the proposed town hall meeting on restructuring in the19 Northern states.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the ARDP BOT Chairman, General John Shagaya (rtd) said that the people of Arewa have made the most in Nigeria, under the military dispensation.

    He explained that even in Democratic dispensation, the North has been left behind, with its people misinterpreted and abused.

    He charged the participants to critically look at the daunting challenges facing the nation and fashion a way out in the present and the future.

    “In discussing the issue at hand, many would say we should go our separate ways, many will say we should go back to the beginning. In deliberations, many would want to trade insults, but I would live to see it end successfully, may God bless the people of Arewa,” he added.

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