Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has bared his mind on restructuring of Nigeria.
He said; “We have the highest number of out-of-school children. We have the highest poverty rate. We have the lowest JAMB cut-off rate. So, what are the advantages to the North in the current situation?”
“As governor of Kaduna State, I have had to look at these issues and try to see how I can get the people of my state up on the ladder. I think you need to differentiate the knowledge from a few and the voice of the silent majority.”
“The way some people present restructuring is so insulting and derogatory. We should have an honest conversation on what is working and what is not. We don’t have anything to benefit from making derogatory remarks against a particular group of people because of restructuring.”
“If there are northern leaders today by virtue of the fact that I am a governor, I must be there. So, who are these northerners against restructuring? Who are they? Who are they speaking for? So, let us have a very honest, unemotional conversation without looking down on people or insulting them or framing them.”
“APC still committed to restructuring, some interested members of my party are making frantic efforts to get the draft bill presented to the National Assembly for consideration before the end of the tenure of the present administration.”
“We do not need an executive bill to start action on the draft bill submitted by the committee.”
“The consideration could be done piecemeal as we do not require an omnibus amendment of the constitution to restructure the country.”