Tinubu Supports Restructuring Against President Buhari

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    Tinubu supports Restructuring against President Buhari

    The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed
    Tinubu has expressed a different opinion to that of President Muhammad
    Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo about Nigeria's unity.

    President Buhari and his Vice-President Osinbajo had said that the country's unity is settled and not negotiable but Tinubu said there is still room for dialogue on the kind of country we want and that restructuring will bring the much-needed balance to the country.

    While speaking at the annual dinner of King’s College Old Boy’s Association, which took place on Saturday 23rd September, he stated that Nigeria has not sufficiently defined its governance.

    His words: "We are like the bewildered couple who has got their marriage license after a lavish wedding, yet neither of them really understands the meaning of marriage or their roles as husband and wife in it,"
    "Legally, they are married but functionally, their union is a crippled one. This
    couple will be at loggerheads until somehow they forge an agreement on what type
    of home they want and what are their respective duties in making that home come
    into existence."

    It is a rather curious lapse that a nation with such diversity as ours has not taken the time to give our legal marriage it's proper functional underpinning. In other words, we all lined up to call ourselves Nigerians without gathering to discuss
    what it meant.

    The former governor continued, "We may be defined by political borders and
    boundaries but we have not glued ourselves to collective purpose and vision. Too
    many of us are born in Nigeria but not of it. Thus, our society is not a collective
    enterprise as important to each of us as our own personal endeavour. It is a
    platform, an arena, to claim whatever one can by whatever means available.
    "Thus, we argue over matters that long ago should have been settled. The longer
    such fundamental questions fester; the more extreme become the proposed
    answers. Thus, we have people clamouring for secession in one part of the country
    and the murmur of such a course grows stronger in other sections."

    The APC leader noted that blame and recrimination has replaced statesmanship,
    which he said would further make progress more difficult.

    Tinubu added: "Constitutionally, we are a federation of 36 states but we function
    like a unitary state in many ways. We cannot become a better Nigeria with an
    undue concentration of power at the federal level.
    "It would be better to restructure things to attain the correct balance between our
    collective purpose on one hand and our separate grass-roots realities on the
    other. We must listen to what is being said so that we can determine what is really meant."

    The APC leader, however, opposed the idea of Nigeria splitting, saying those
    clamouring for it are looking out for their personal interests.

    He said, "Let us be frank. Many who cry separation do so because their personal
    ambitions will be better served by such a thing. They believe they will have a greater
    chance at political power under a different arrangement. Yet the cry for separation
    has gained traction among average people. This is due to the chronic failure of
    the government to meet basic aspirations.
    "If over the years, government had delivered on the promise of growth, prosperity,
    and justice, those calling for such extreme remedies would be but a small fringe of
    little consequence.
    "Our task is not to condemn but to listen and understand. I care not at all for this
    proposed solution. But I dare not discount the concerns and problems that have led
    many people into advocating such a thing.
    "Here, I want to plainly state my position. I am a firm believer in Nigeria. I believe
    this land will become a great nation and a leader among other African nations. We
    can resolve our dysfunctions in a manner that will make this nation rise as a
    standard of decency, justice and prosperity for all Nigerians."

    Prior to this statement made by the APC National leader, there have been rumours
    that all is not well between the Presidency and Tinubu, who was instrumental to
    Buhari's emergence as the President.

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