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Buhari, Let Us Remember You For This One Thing—Nigerians In Diaspora Make Demand




The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in the USA of America has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he ought to want to be remembered because the Nigerian president who applied restructuring and gave the nation a real, federal structure.


NIDO added that a number of governments have failed to handle the lapses and deficiencies within the Nigeria’s present federal construction that are fuelling secessionist agitations and agenda, saying the Buhari-government which made guarantees to restructure the nation should get to it.

NIDO said these in its letter, dated June 6 and signed by Eromonsele Idahosa, Chairman, and Jane Ekwonye, Vice Chairman, amongst different executives.

The letter, obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, was copied to Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation; Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, Home of Representatives, Dr Uzoma Emenike, Ambassador and Head of US Mission and Abike Dabiri, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee.

The letter to Buhari partly reads, “Restructuring In direction of True Federalism; No much less a persona than Itse Sagay, the Chairman of your Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACAC), lately referred to as for the re-adoption of Nigeria’s 1963 Republican Structure, with slight amendments, to devolve extra powers to the states. The answer proposed by Professor Sagay is, by the way, the identical as that of the Nationwide Democratic Coalition which demanded in 1994 that the nation reverts to its 1963 structure.

“Following sustained agitations for a Sovereign Nationwide Convention which he resisted, President Olusegun Obasanjo convened the Nationwide Political Reform Convention in February 2005. Although N1 billion naira was budgeted for the 3-month train, there was no enabling regulation establishing the NPRC. Its work was basically advisory in nature. 

“Then in 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan assembled 492 Nigerian delegates organised into 20 committees to deliberate for 5 months about the way forward for the nation amid a backdrop of Boko Haram terrorist marketing campaign and the restlessness of the folks within the Niger Delta space who insisted on ‘useful resource management.’ 

“Underneath the chairmanship of retired Chief Justice Idris Kutigi, that nationwide convention handed greater than 600 resolutions and produced a ten,335-page report, at a princely value of N7 billion. As was the case with the 1994/1995 Constitutional Convention convoked by late head of state, Normal Sani Abacha, these suggestions have by no means been applied.

“Mr. President, your get together – the All Progressives Convention (APC) – raised hopes that this cycle can be damaged when, in August 2017, it arrange a 23-person committee headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to evaluate the 2014 Confab report and articulate the get together’s place on true federalism.

“APC, in 2015 promised ‘to provoke motion to amend the Nigerian structure with a view to devolving powers, duties and tasks to states with the intention to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit.’ Furthermore, Part 7 (2) of the APC structure had gives for restructuring and financial federalism.

“The Nasir El-Rufai Committee advisable state police and devolution of powers to the part items. The Committee advisable that states management pure sources inside their respective areas after which, pay taxes and royalties to the Federal Authorities.

“The committee additionally advisable that the 1999 Structure ought to be amended to switch some objects reminiscent of meals and medicines, fingerprint identification of criminals, registration of enterprise names, labour issues, mines and minerals, the Police, prisons, public vacation, and stamp duties ought to from the Unique Listing to the Concurrent Listing to allow each states and the federal authorities to legislate on them. 

“Let this be your legacy in order that future generations of Nigerians will keep in mind you because the president who reinvented Nigeria at its time of biggest vulnerabilities.”   

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