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El-Rufai: It’s time to restructure Nigeria

El-Rufai: It’s time to restructure Nigeria
November 01
00:44 2020

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says it is time to restructure Nigeria in order to ensure equitable distribution of resources.

Speaking at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House, held in Kaduna on Saturday, the governor maintained that restructuring the country is in the best interest of ensuring sustainable development.

El-Rufai, who cited the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring, noted that there was a need to reorganise the country’s constitutional framework in order to give states more control over certain resources.

The focus of the APC committee, which was set up in 2017 and chaired by el-Rufai, was to establish the party’s position on restructuring in line with ensuring that all Nigerians benefit from true federalism.


Under the proposed restructured framework, el-Rufai explained that states would have more control over the police, oil and gas resources, minerals, correctional facilities, stamp duties, registration of business names, among others.

“I am not aware of any significant constituency that is against the idea that states should exercise consequential powers, assume more responsibilities and control resources to enable them deliver better outcomes for those they govern. This will empower state governments to cease passing the buck to the president and the federal government when most of the problems our citizens face daily as a nation are, and can be solved by improved and focused governance at the states’ levels,” he said.

“It is time to make this sort of well-defined restructuring work, for the benefit of the peoples of this country.


“The report of our APC true federalism committee puts in one place the recommendations, and the legislative amendments to give life to a restructured polity. I therefore call on our federal legislators and the national assembly ad hoc committee on constitutional review to take advantage of our report and initiate the constitutional and legislative amendments in either a piece-meal or comprehensive manner without further delay.

“We, therefore, have no excuse not to seize this moment and do the heavy lifting for our country and our people. It is in our hands to make the structures, laws and constitutional arrangements in our country conducive to modern governance that will ensure our nation thrives in the 21st century.”

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  1. Chukudi
    Chukudi November 01, 02:42

    El Rufai’s Restructuring Committee worked to produce a document that was used to wala wala Nigerians to vote for APC in 2015. Its 5 years since. Where has El Rufai suddenly remembered his committee’s work after the youth protest? Talk is cheap. Let El Rufai champion the constitutional amendment with sincerity of purpose and not with 2023 in mind. He will find support nationwide.

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  2. Bushman
    Bushman November 01, 03:39

    H.E El-Rufai, sorry but you do not have the moral compass to talk about national issues since you identify as a sectional figure.
    Recently you even weaponized the NBA as a North -South tool to serve your personal purpose.
    It’s abhorrent to even think you have your eyes on the Presidency of Nigeria!!

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  3. Hailey
    Hailey November 02, 08:48

    El-Rufai is doing you people in your body and theres nothing you can do about it. If a Governor sees a thing and calls it for what it is thrn so be it,You are the ones filled with hate and tribalism. A brilliant mind like Elrufai will not and never be stopped by dumb bigots. Know this and know peace.

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  4. Gavin
    Gavin November 05, 12:45

    Nigeria was CONSTRUCTED by the Coloniser. After independence, we should have started the process of Restructuring. But because the North did not have natural resources, it was never considered until the Civil war was upon us! I hope it will not take another Civil War to get Restructuring Done! It is simple, in my point of view because we are already nearly there. Declare A United State of Nigeria, with every State with Total Ownership of their Resources. This is how it is in the United States of America and those with similar system of Democracy. Our system divides the country instead of Uniting it to keep the country ONE! AUTONOMY NOW!

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