FG Worried Over Renewed Onshore/Offshore Dichotomy Debate

FG Worried Over Renewed Onshore/Offshore Dichotomy Debate

The Federal Government has expressed worry over the recent debate on onshore/offshore abrogation law, saying that action is mischievous and is aimed at causing disaffection among the people.

FG Worried Over Renewed Onshore/Offshore Dichotomy Debate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Some of the pronouncements are disruptive, outrightly mischievous, and aimed at causing disaffection,” it said in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.  “The Presidency strongly advises such politicians to desist from playing up sectional and ethnic sentiments, over a matter that was addressed eight years ago to the benefit of all parties concerned.”

The presidency described the situation as an attempt by some politicians to heat up the polity at a time when the government was working hard to resolve security challenges in parts of the country.

"Those who are issuing threats and counter-threats over every issue, are obviously not just re-inventing a controversy, they seem determined to fuel acrimony and needless conflict,” it said.

It would be recalled that governors from the northern states have been complaining about the onshore/offshore dichotomy, saying that matter must be revisited.

Full text of the statement:

"The Presidency views with grave concern the current attempt by some politicians to heat up the polity by seeking to reopen fresh conflict and controversy over the onshore/offshore abrogation law which was enacted by the National Assembly in 2004. 
"Some of the pronouncements are disruptive, outrightly mischievous, and aimed at causing disaffection.

 The Presidency strongly advises such politicians to desist from playing up sectional and ethnic sentiments, over a matter that was addressed eight years ago to the benefit of all parties concerned.
" At a time when the government is working hard to resolve security challenges in parts of the country, the political elite across board is expected to cooperate with the Federal and state governments to promote the cause of peace, stability and national transformation. 


" Those who are issuing threats and counter-threats over every issue, are obviously not just re-inventing a controversy, they seem determined to fuel acrimony and needless conflict.
"Government is working tirelessly to ensure the full enjoyment of fundamental rights by all Nigerians, in an atmosphere that is free of rancor and tension. No individual, political interest or group should attempt to violate this, either overtly or covertly.
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The Federal Government wants to reassure all Nigerians that while it respects every individual’s right to the freedom of expression, it is equally duty bound to forestall any attempt to undermine the peace and security of the country, under whatever guise. "

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