Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organisation, has labelled the statement of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, on rebuilding, as an act of opposition.
Mr Yinka Odumakin, the associations publicity secretary mentioned that the Governors statement explained that the Governor is one of the people who does not want the progress and rebuilding of the Country.
‘Restructuring the set-up of the nation is the only way out of the current turbulence in the country’, Odumakin explained.
He said, “El-Rufai should tell us his own idea to correct the imbalance in the country because as far as we are concerned, the 2014 confab report is about the closest to the democratic representation of Nigeria.
“The confab consisted of representatives of all segments of the societies in Nigeria. But for somebody, who occupies a responsible office of a governor to be saying those who are talking about restructuring are irresponsible, it is very unfortunate.
“It is very sad for the governor to be talking like an area boy on the television. In Nigeria of today, we can now begin to take a census of those who are against restructuring – they are President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.
“Aside from those people, everybody in Nigeria supports restructuring; that is the song everybody is playing all over the country as of today, whether we like it or not. Those who are against it are insignificant.’’
On Thursday, Governor El-Rufai, rubbished some elite politicians who joined the call for the restructuring of the country.
El_Rufai described the people as ‘Political Opportunists’ saying the same people warred against them over restructuring when they were still in Power at the Federal Level, he now wonders why they are pushing for the restructuring if they don’t have an interest.
Still speaking, the Kaduna state Governor stated that, the Buhari Administration has re-built governance in practical terms even more than past government.
He also emphasised that relevant Groups and Nigerians which includes the ‘Progressive Governors Forum’, had called on the federal government to speed up the country’s restructuring. El-Rufai is a member of the Progressive Governors Forum.
El-Rufai stated, “It was not jettisoned. I think, in fact, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done more in practical terms about federalism than the previous administrations put together.
“Those who talk about restructuring see it as largely political opportunism, in my opinion, rather than practical reality.
He explained when asked if the restructuring was ‘jettisoned’ by the ruling party APC.