Marked division between VP, Buhari on restructuring delaying progress—Uranta
…Says its wrong suppressing agitations of 4 out 6 Nigerian Geopolitical regions
Public affairs commentator and Executive Secretary of the Nigeria National Summit Group (NNSG), Mr. Tony Uranta has raised an issue of urgent national importance, saying the deep gap of understanding between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on trending national bordering on restructuring Nigeria is not healthy.
Accordingly, having observed that more of the poor understanding is from the side of Mr. President, he has appealed to President Buhari’s lieutenants in the Presidency and Nigeria Council of State (NCS) to help in advising and educating their principal on the importance of the popular demand for the restructuring of the country to true federalism.
He said “But, I would have expected that even his most hawkish advisers would have helped President Buhari not to appear less caring about what the majority of electorates in four out of Nigeria’s six regions seem to want, that is restructuring. Coming only days after his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, told Nigeria that the administration is pro-restructuring, the President’s opposing position again brings into question the unity of purpose of this too-divided administration.”
Uranta recalled that “Remember that the President, from 1983 to 2018, has not hidden his disdain for towing lines of conventional wisdom; be it in bucking contemporary positions by not being both gender-accommodating, even whilst standing beside one of the world’s most powerful women leaders; or, declaring a governance divide between regions that voted for or against him in 2015.
Uranta, who is also one of the leaders of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), also averred “Only Restructuring can guarantee Nigeria’s sustainable unity, optimally maximise the country’s economic potentials and speedily end the sadly increasing genocidal actions currently poisoning our unity.”