- The governor of Kaduna state Nasir El-Rufai is a controversial character
- Although diminutive, when El-Rufai speaks, the nation listens.....and reacts
- His recent comments on restructuring didn't go down well with many individuals and groups
A report by The Punch suggests that the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has stepped on toes following his open rejection of calls to restructure the nation.
El-Rufai had, on Thursday, June 29 condemned some politicians, who have joined the calls for the restructuring of the country.
The governor described such people as political opportunists, wondering why the agitators had now joined the calls if not for political reasons.
He made the statement when he featured on a breakfast programme on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily.
He argued that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had restructured governance in practical terms more than the previous governments.
Reacting to El-Rufai's statement, the president, Ijaw Youth Council, Mr Eric Omare described El-Rufai’s opposition as a display of irresponsibility and opportunism.
“It is El-Rufai that is displaying political opportunism and irresponsibility,” he said.
He said those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria were people who were genuinely interested in the development of the country.
In his remarks, the deputy publicity secretary of Ohanaeze, Mr Chuks Ibegbu, described the views expressed by El-Rufai as “unfortunate”.
Ibegbu said: “Ohanaeze has not changed its position; we stand for restructuring and we stand for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 confab, especially the aspects that would ensure the development of this country.
“Ohanaeze has not changed its position. If anybody has a contrary view, that is unfortunate.”
Also reacting to El-Rufai's comments, some Yoruba leaders called on the federal government to begin a process of implementing the 2014 national conference report.
The leader while speaking in Ibadan, Oyo state state said Nigeria was overdue for restructuring.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Afenifere group led by Yinka Odumakin condemned Governor El-Rufai's remarks.
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Odumakin in his condemnation said the governor spoke like an area boy when he said that those calling for restructuring are opportunists and irresponsible.
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