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Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 6:39pm On Jun 03, 2016

Groups protest at embassies, demand Nigeria’s restructuring.

Gbenga Adeniji and Toluwani Eniola

As eminent Nigerians join the call for the restructuring of Nigeria, four civil society groups stormed three embassies in Lagos on Thursday to demand the support of the foreign nations for the reorganisation of Nigeria’s federating units.

Also on Thursday, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), and the Senator, representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce, joined the call for the restructuring of the country.



Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar had, on Tuesday, advocated the restructuring of the country to ensure the development and growth of the federating units.

Atiku, had said on Tuesday that the country should be restructured in order to address the feelings of marginalisation by component units that made up the country.

“Agitations by many right-thinking Nigerians call for a restructuring and a renewal of our federation to make it less centralised, less suffocating and less dictatorial in the affairs of

our country’s constituent units and localities,” the vice-president had said.

Among the foreign missions, where the protesters, led by the Nigerian National Summit Group, were granted audience were those of the United States, Italy and Germany.

There were no officials to receive the protesters at the Indian High Commission.

At the US Consulate on Walter Carrington Avenue, Victoria Island in Lagos, the protesters were received by two US Embassy officials, Jessica Newl and Tim Doren, who were given petition letters addressed to the US President, Barrack Obama.

Addressing journalists during the protest, Executive Secretary of the NNSG, Mr. Tony Uranta, said for President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to prevent anarchy, it should urgently implement many of the resolutions that were passed during the 2014 National Conference.

“A lot of work went into producing that report drafted by seasoned Nigerians from different parts of the country. We cannot sit and watch this nation crumble when we have a workable solution that could set the nation on the part of greater development,” Uranta said.

Speaking at the US Embassy, the NNSG’s Head of Research and Strategy, Mr. Efiye Bribena, said the peaceful protest was embarked upon to call the attention of the international community to the abnormalities of the country’s federal system.

He said, “Restructuring is the only solution we can use to right the wrongs. There is a lot of dissatisfaction among the different ethnic groups and regions and we are saying that the National Conference report of 2014 should be implemented.”

On his part, the National Secretary, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Ahmed Suleiman, said, “We are calling for the restructuring of Nigeria because that is the only thing that will set us on the right path. We think the 2014 confab report would provide ample guidance for the restructuring of the country.”

In her address, the Secretary-General, Youths Arise for Change, Mrs. Vera Okei-Shomefun, said the differences among the ethnic groups needed to be addressed.

She said the Federal Government was not doing well to end the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country.

Overzealous security aides, who wanted to stop the protesters at the US Consulate, had to give up their bid when the US officials agreed to listen to the demands of the groups.

Meanwhile Akinrinade lauded Atiku for identifying restructuring as the way out of the perceived injustice and lopsidedness among ethnic components that make up the country.

Akinrinade, who said he stood solidly for the restructuring of the country, added that when the Committee for Unity and Understanding interviewed candidates for the June 12, 1993 elections, the late M. K. O. Abiola came top on the basis of his sincerity about restructuring.

Also, Murray-Bruce said the country urgently needed a reform in view of the hard times. He, however, expressed doubts on the capability of Nigeria to run a bicameral legislature well.

Speaking on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, the Senator said, “It is becoming imperative to reform Nigeria to reflect the current realities. Can we afford a bicameral legislature and 36 state assemblies? I doubt!’’

http://www.punchng.com/groups-protest-embassies-demand-nigerias-restructuring/



Members of the Nigerian National Summit Group and other civil society organisations during a protest on the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report in Lagos... on Thursday. Photo: Goke Famadewa

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by richidinho(m): 6:54pm On Jun 03, 2016
True Niger Deltans I greet una
All we are sayinggggggggg, let's control our oyel

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 6:56pm On Jun 03, 2016
This one that everybody is calling for restructuring, does it mean that the country has been destructured by our dear President?

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 6:57pm On Jun 03, 2016
richidinho:
True Niger Deltans I greet una
angry you stole my space!

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by EmeeNaka: 6:57pm On Jun 03, 2016
President Buhari listens only to northern oligarchs. He will never take this advice. Nigeria is the wrong hand.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by jesussaves22: 6:58pm On Jun 03, 2016
If this will solve our problems then lets go there

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 7:00pm On Jun 03, 2016
Buhari,please find the CONFAB report from the archives, dust it and read. It might not favour the North but it will favour Nigeria.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by richidinho(m): 7:00pm On Jun 03, 2016
repogirl:
angry you stole my space!

Every evil plan to be the op and also FTC die by fire grin

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Luckylife(m): 7:20pm On Jun 03, 2016
Hope nobody was killed by the security like south-east protest where security are free to kill . God is watching !

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 7:26pm On Jun 03, 2016
Chukwudi44, LordofNairaland, Firefire, francizy, sycophanticgoat, Image123, Kinginvalhala3, Mrbigman1, Biafrabushboy

Come and see what these people are saying oooo! cheesy

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Splinz(m): 7:29pm On Jun 03, 2016
Good development! Seems the only language Nigerian leaders understands is "violence". Restructuring this country is the only option left if we're to remain as one country.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Firefire(m): 7:29pm On Jun 03, 2016
repogirl:
Chukwudi44, LordofNairaland, Firefire, francizy, sycophanticgoat, Image123, Kinginvalhalla, Mrbigman1

Come and see what these people are saying oooo! cheesy

The government of APC should immediately restructure Nigeria for us to know they meant the CHANGE.

“Nigeria stands in the corridor between greatness and failure, between progress and collapse, between hope and despair,” he said, adding that “Our fate depends on whether we summon the courage to take the bold steps and move in the direction. We must turn our present challenges into opportunities for the re-engineering of our nation’s economic challenges".

“Nigeria needs some fundamental restructuring both politically and economically,” Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/199192-buhari-restructure-nigeria-tinubu.html

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Donclaracuzo: 7:31pm On Jun 03, 2016
what is the difference between this protest and the IPOB's peaceful march that will warrant the Nigerian army and the police to shoot them? More protests or peaceful demonstrations will come up in another form for the restructuring of this country and wish the army and police good luck!

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by BiafraBushBoy(m): 7:32pm On Jun 03, 2016
I was a fan of APC... but i don't know the road Buhari is leading us...
Whichever way, I know that...

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Mrbigman1(m): 7:36pm On Jun 03, 2016
repogirl:
Chukwudi44, LordofNairaland, Firefire, francizy, sycophanticgoat, Image123, Kinginvalhala3, Mrbigman1, Biafrabushboy

Come and see what these people are saying oooo! cheesy

Dose apc know what structure is?

They should try construct a pig pen first then i'd know dey ve an idea.

Apc is a reshuffled version of PDP and all dey do is loot

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Mrbigman1(m): 7:42pm On Jun 03, 2016
repogirl:
Buhari,please find the CONFAB report from the archives, dust it and read. It might not favour the North but it will favour Nigeria.

Read what?

U want am to create extra problem after reading an not comprehending?

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Nobody: 7:44pm On Jun 03, 2016
maxi112
pikin1
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 7:44pm On Jun 03, 2016
Mrbigman1:


Read what?

U want am to create extra problem after reading an not comprehending?
lwkmd!!!! grin

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Maxi112: 7:51pm On Jun 03, 2016
KINGinVALHALA3:
maxi112
pikin1
Mr refiner, spotted
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by pikin1(m): 7:57pm On Jun 03, 2016
What are we restructuring?
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by overall90: 8:02pm On Jun 03, 2016
hehehe..everybody don de wake up

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by xmich(m): 8:04pm On Jun 03, 2016
Buhari Sey chomchim


Donclaracuzo:
what is the difference between this protest and the IPOB's peaceful march that will warrant the Nigerian army and the police to shoot them? More protests or peaceful demonstrations will come up in another form for the restructuring of this country and wish the army and police good luck!
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Nobody: 8:09pm On Jun 03, 2016
Donclaracuzo:
what is the difference between this protest and the IPOB's peaceful march that will warrant the Nigerian army and the police to shoot them? More protests or peaceful demonstrations will come up in another form for the restructuring of this country and wish the army and police good luck!
burning of mosque, blocking of the Niger bridge and burning of dangote trucks is no peaceful protest.
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by yungpowers(m): 8:22pm On Jun 03, 2016
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by LordOfNaira: 8:47pm On Jun 03, 2016
repogirl:
Chukwudi44, LordofNairaland, Firefire, francizy, sycophanticgoat, Image123, Kinginvalhala3, Mrbigman1, Biafrabushboy

Come and see what these people are saying oooo! cheesy

Well, I have always canvassed for true federalism.

Buhari is a good man. A perfect gentleman. He definitely has been considering that too. But with thieves and vandals to deal with, Baba has not had much time to give it deeper consideration. But I can assure you that with Buhari as president, Nigeria will sure witness a restructuring towards true federalism.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Mrbigman1(m): 10:25pm On Jun 03, 2016
LordofNairaland:


Well, I have always canvassed for true federalism.

Buhari is a good man. A perfect gentleman. He definitely has been considering that too. But with thieves and vandals to deal with, Baba has not had much time to give it deeper consideration. But I can assure you that with Buhari as president, Nigeria will sure witness a restructuring towards true federalism.

Oga please wake up oh. Day don break

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by pikin1(m): 11:01pm On Jun 03, 2016
Maxi112:
Mr refiner, spotted


Mbok! Wer mr Refiner?
Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by SycophanticGoat: 12:49am On Jun 04, 2016
repogirl:
Chukwudi44, LordofNairaland, Firefire, francizy, sycophanticgoat, Image123, Kinginvalhala3, Mrbigman1, Biafrabushboy

Come and see what these people are saying oooo! cheesy

If you're expecting Buhari, a sectional, bigoted, nepotistic and sycophantic tyrant to implement the report of the NC, then you're actually sitting on a long and lubricated horse cork... undecided

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by sinistermind(m): 1:10am On Jun 04, 2016
Why is he refusing to implement the confab report? No one in dis administration is talking about it. Buhari should know that implementing the recommendations in dat report is the only way and diplomatic to quell the brewing crisis in SE n SS so the army can channel it's resources to the fight against boko haram.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by Slikbae: 2:14am On Jun 04, 2016
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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by dokyOloye: 2:31am On Jun 04, 2016
Can an average hausa/Fulani elite afford to leave d resources of the niger delta alone?
Nada,they'd rather die than do so,cos hw are they gonna fund their profligate lifestyle during which they imitate d Arabian oil sheiks.
It's heart warming to know there r still non hypocritical yoruba men like Akinrinade,unlike idiots like Falana who only speak up when the interest of their paymasters are affected.

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Re: Groups Protest At Embassies, Demand Nigeria’s Restructuring by repogirl(f): 3:29am On Jun 04, 2016

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