We’re not afraid of restructuring — Northern leaders
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal faulted the idea that the North hated restructuring, saying, “The idea that the North is against restructuring because it benefits most from the current state of things is circumscribed and patently false. 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.”
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai who was represented by his deputy, Yusuf Barnabas Bala, said the North should look at the current negative indices in the areas of poverty, education and health care on its population in its quest to take a position on restructuring.
The ARDP Convener, Dr. Usman Bugaje, said, “People who talk about true federalism clearly need to revise their notes because there are no two federations that are the same.”
Sheik Dahiru Bauchi who was represented by his son, Bashir, said the current structure was better as one united country.
Also present at the conference were the representative of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Bashir Dahiru Bauchi, representative of the Christian Association of Nigerian, Air Commodore Tanko Ato (rtd), representative of the Jam’iyar Matan Arewa, Ambassador Marina Mohammed, representative of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Auwal Anwar, representative of the Sultan of Sokoto.