The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has come under attack fromsome prominent groups in the country for referring to those calling for the restructuring of the nation as political opportunists.
El-Rufai had, on Thursday, condemned some politicians, who have joined the calls for the restructuring of the country.
Describing such people as political opportunists, el-Rufai noted that they opposed restructuring when they were in power at the federal level, wondering why the agitators had now joined the calls if not for political reasons.
El-Rufai stated that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had restructured governance in practical terms more than the previous governments.
The governor was asked why restructuring was jettisoned by the ruling All Progressives Congress government despite that it was contained in the party’s manifesto.
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.
But the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisations, Afenifere; the umbrella groups for the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and the Ijaw Youth Council, have launched verbal attacks on el-Rufai for referring to those calling for restructuring as political opportunists.
It’s sad for a governor to speak like area boy –Afenifere
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, described the statement credited to el-Rufai on restructuring as an opposition to the progress of the country.
The Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the statement of the governor had further revealed him as one of those who did not want the country to be restructured.
Odumakin maintained that the only way out of the current agitations in the country was to restructure the current set-up of the nation.
“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.’’