Senate President Ahmad Lawan has cautioned States’ Governors and different elected leaders in opposition to becoming a member of the agitations for secession or calling for restructuring of the nation.
Lawan, who acknowledged this whereas fielding questions from State Home correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, mentioned he was not in opposition to these calling for restructuring however elected officers should not be amongst these advocating for such calls.
Based on him, state governors should make sure that they restructure their respective states first earlier than calling for restructuring on the federal degree.
He mentioned: “The decision for secession or the decision for restructuring, many are real calls despite the fact that I by no means consider that somebody who is looking for secession means effectively or is a misguided individual.
“However I consider that when any individual requires enhancing the construction that now we have is a real name.
“However I need to recommendation right here, I consider that as leaders these of us who have been elected should not be on the forefront of calling for this sort of factor as a result of even if you’re a governor you’re imagined to be working laborious in your state to make sure that this restructuring you’re calling for on the federal degree you will have executed it in your state as effectively.
“It’s because what you could accuse the federal authorities of no matter it’s, you may additionally be accused of the identical factor in your state.
“So, we’re supposed to make sure that now we have a whole and whole manner of guaranteeing that our techniques on the federal, state and even native authorities work for the individuals, and that we enable individuals to take part in governance in order that whoever feels that he has one thing to supply to make Nigeria higher does so freely with none hindrance.’’
The senate president mentioned Nigerians should come collectively no matter their spiritual, ethnic or political persuasions to seek out lasting options to the nation challenges.
He, subsequently, referred to as on all elected leaders throughout the three tiers of presidency to all the time keep away from primordial sentiments able to creating division and social discontent amongst Nigerians.
“We must always keep away from partisanship, we must always keep away from regionalism. We’re all leaders and we’re on this collectively. The answer should come from us no matter what degree of presidency we’re – whether or not on the federal, state and even on the native authorities degree,’’ he added.
Lawan additionally frowned on the manner and method native authorities system was relegated to the background within the nation, saying for the nation to handle its safety challenges the native authorities system have to be useful and environment friendly.
“I need to take this chance additionally to say that now we have diminished the native authorities system. I feel we are able to attribute among the safety points to the shortage of useful native authorities system.
“For me, I feel the time has come for us to take up the problem to make sure that the native authorities system features. That is consistent with in search of methods, for means, for options to the safety challenges that we face. We mustn’t ever neglect the native authorities system.
“I consider that that is one system that had labored despite the fact that in a distinct title. When it was Native Authority it was very efficient, very environment friendly.
“So, we should return to our native authorities to make sure that the native authorities continues to be autonomous, continues to be useful as a way to praise regardless of the States and the Federal Authorities could be doing.
The Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who additionally spoke to the correspondents, referred to as for a nationwide spirit of oneness, saying that “Actually, all of us have equal shares within the blame for what’s taking place at the moment.
“No matter challenges now we have, we should all come collectively to ensure that we resolve these points we’re dealing with.
“We should imbibe that spirit of oneness, togetherness, unity and love that may take us by means of this.”
He enjoined Nigerians to all the time be their brothers’ keepers and keep away from acts able to creating social unrest.