- A member of the National Executive Council of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mohammed Abdulrahman has stated that governor El-Rufai lacks understanding of the nation’s pulse
- He questioned the governor’s motives, noting that El-Rufai also harbored ambitions for the presidency
- Abdulrahman stressed that restructuring the nation will bring lasting peace and a sense of equity to the federating units
A comment made by the Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, concerning the issue of restructuring, has been described as ‘irresponsible’ by a member of the National Executive Council of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mohammed Abdulrahman.
The governor reportedly referred to those calling for restructuring of Nigeria as ‘opportunists’.
However, in an interview with Punch, Abdulrahman chided the governor for uttering such a comment.
According to Abdulrahman, El-Rufai lacks understanding of the “pulse of the nation”.
NAIJ.com gathers that the Arewa chieftain stressed that the country will be peaceful when it is restructured.
He stated: “Let me state categorically that the statement of Governor Nasir el-Rufai is irresponsible. I do not think he has spoken as someone who understands the pulse of the nation.
“How can he say those who are calling for more powers to be given to each of the federating units of the federation are opportunists?
“What about him? We know about his ambition; he wants to be president of this country. We know what he did as the Federal Capital Territory minister under the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo.
“His tainted records are there for all to see. Who is he? We know who he is. People need to understand that the call for restructuring is not about some individual’s interests.
“It is what will bring lasting peace and sense of equity to the federating units.
“Is he saying that other prominent and respected Nigerians who have thrown their weight behind restructuring are opportunists?”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the governor of Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai stated that those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria are political opportunists and irresponsible.
While speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, El-Rufai said that president Muhammadu Buhari's administration in two years has done better than the past administration.
He said the Buhari-led administration has taken some practical steps towards restructuring the country through various means.
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