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Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by dabeto: 5:19am On Sep 25, 2017

…Says he is ready to sacrifice political ambition over restructuring

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has taken northerners who are opposed to the current clamour for the restructuring of the nation to the cleaners, accusing them of laziness.

“I don’t know what those who are against restructuring are afraid of. Those afraid must be lazy,” he declared.
Atiku who spoke last weekend in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a youth forum organised by a conglomeration of civil society groups under the auspices of Play Forum, said he would continue to speak against the current faulty ‘unitary federalism’ structure even at the detriment of his political ambition.

“I want to agree essentially that there is every need for us to sit down and talk about our future. This is because the arrangements in the last 50 years or so have not served us very well.
“I am not a product of the current structure of Nigeria. I am a product of regional government. I saw the government at work and I have also seen the current arrangement at work.

“That was why I came out, some people even said to the detriment of my political career, to advocate for restructuring or rearrangement or whatever you call it, of the present structure of the country. I still stand by it. But we cannot determine the nitty-gritty of this restructuring until we are able to dialogue and agree on how we want to continue to live together as a country.

“It is good that all the representatives of the ethnic groups agreed that we should continue to live together. I believe it is imperative. But I also don’t believe in the current arrangement, which I have always referred to as unitary federalism, which was a creation of a prolonged military rule.

“It all started after the civil war, when General Murtala Mohammed set up the Constituent Assembly of 1978 and specifically instructed the Assembly to recommend a very strong Federal Government which no component can challenge or try to secede from. He was understandably coming from the perception of Biafra civil war. He felt that the war was caused by the region, which felt that it was too independent to pull out of the country. Subsequently, they kept amending the constitution centralising more and more power at the centre,” he said.
The Waziri Adamawa blamed the current political structure on the failure by military government to implement the Constitutional Conference of 1994/1995 recommendation of a single term of six years for the president to rotate among all the six geo-political zones.

“Of course, I was a member of the Constitutional Conference of 1994/1995, and what we actually drafted was not what they eventually came out with. We proposed a presidential system with single term of six years to be rotated among the six geo-political zones of the country.
“By now, about four zones would have produced the president. We also said that after 36 years, we could review that provision if Nigerians believed it is the best season, otherwise we could discard it.

“By the time we won election in 1999, we saw an entirely different constitution. I was told that they set us a review committee headed by Niki Tobi (retired Justice of the Supreme Court), which tampered with the draft and ended up with the constitution we now have today. However, on a serious note, we have seen that the fact that a zone produced a president does not mean that he will get the zone developed. Former president Jonathan could not construct a road from Port Harcourt to Bayelsa.
“Even the South West road we started during our administration, he could not continue. Until former president Obasanjo finished his eight-year term, he could not complete the road from Lagos to Otta where his farm is.

“Another issue that needs restructuring is the economy. Left for me, I will ask every part of this country to take charge of its resources while the Federal Government should handle defence, foreign affairs, and immigration among others in the Exclusive List.
“I use to tell people that I would not have gone to school if I was born today. My parents were so poor they won’t afford to send me to school. I was born during the era education was free, food was free for me, I was sponsored from primary school to university. There was even a job waiting for me before I graduated. Yet there was no oil then. I am not certainly a product of oil boom Nigeria.
“So, I don’t know what those who are against restructuring are afraid of. Those afraid must be lazy. We fought the civil war with the Igbo. Today, the Igbo have been completely rebuilt, but we still find mud houses in the north. Is it the fault of the easterners that the north is like that?” he queried

“So, there are more fundamental issues that we need to deal with after which we would have settled on what basis we want our federation to be. How do we draw the boundary because even the Ijaw are not contiguous to each other. I come from a state where we are minorities. In Adamawa, whether you are Hausa, Fulani, Christian or Moslem, you are from the minority. It is the same thing in Taraba.

“I think that what is most important is the devolution of powers and resources with the various governments whether states or regions. How do the people hold those in power accountable for the resources handed over to them? We are not as educated as we are today in the First Republic, yet it beats my imagination how those in charge of the local governments were more efficient, honest and transparent in accountable administration Since we have agreed to remain one successful country, it is not complicated because you can start with all the recurrent items in the constitution. The president can dialogue with the governors or National Assembly for states to take charge of the roads, hospitals, schools and such other items in the Concurrent List while the Federal Government will continue with items on the Exclusive List.”

http://sunnewsonline.com/laziness-responsible-for-norths-opposition-to-restructuring-atiku/

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by owelle22(m): 5:26am On Sep 25, 2017
Na so

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by BabaRamota1980: 5:30am On Sep 25, 2017
Nothing scares a Northerner much as when told the country will be restructured or break apart.

The Emirs panic when they hear this. They start farting!

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by Achuwa1(m): 5:40am On Sep 25, 2017
If Atiku can do all he is saying,then I am for Atiku 2019.
I will campaign for Atiku with the last drop of my blood if he will fulfill all he just said in this write up.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by sarrki(m): 5:41am On Sep 25, 2017
Achuwa1:
If Atiku can do all he is saying,then I am for Atiku 2019.
I will campaign for Atiku with the last drop of my blood if he will fulfill all he just said in this write up.

Atiku is really desperate


Atiku is finished in the north

Southwest is a no go area for him

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by mrvitalis(m): 5:45am On Sep 25, 2017
Baba Atiku stop beating about the bush

Restructuring is not a clear word , tell us clearly what your idea is and what type of restructuring you are talking about

How would it function and what are the advantages and disadvantages of it

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by sarrki(m): 5:48am On Sep 25, 2017
BabaRamota1980:
Nothing scares a Northerner much as when told the country will be restructured or break apart.

The Emirs panic when they hear this. They start farting!


Wailers are seasonal

They have stopped shouting recession

Its restructuring now

Very soon It will be Atiku or nothing

They are not stable

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by madridguy(m): 5:50am On Sep 25, 2017
Atiku just using the word " restructuring " without tangible blue print.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by DONLEKAN: 5:52am On Sep 25, 2017
If you tell Atiku that he will only be the president of Nigeria if he abuses his dead mother, the nigga will do just that. The guy likes power like his life depends on it. In 2010 / 2011 election, he was a staunch proponent of it's the turn of the North. Now he is telling the South what they will like to hear. He knows when he enters the room with his Northern brothers, he will tell them he is only cajoling Southerners; that he will never betray Northern interest.

We don wise up. Our mumu don do

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by sarrki(m): 5:53am On Sep 25, 2017
madridguy:
Atiku just using the word " restructuring " without tangible blue print.

Its the dossier to ignite the wailers and enemies of the state

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by Nobody: 5:53am On Sep 25, 2017
I am beginning to like this guy, but I cease to take any politician serious.
we want our referendum.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by tuniski: 5:54am On Sep 25, 2017
Atikulate talking sense!

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by tuniski: 5:57am On Sep 25, 2017
sarrki:


Atiku is really desperate


Atiku is finished in the north

Southwest is a no go area for him
Which north? And who says South west is no go area for any politician? Restructuring in clear terms is a trump card for Atiku come 2019!

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by nero2face: 5:58am On Sep 25, 2017
Even though the words came from an insincere man, that doesn't mean he's telling lies, it's only those who are lazy to fend for themselves and de greedy ones that are so much against this restructuring of a thing ...

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by tuniski: 5:59am On Sep 25, 2017
DONLEKAN:
If you tell Atiku that he will only be the president of Nigeria if he abuses his dead mother, the nigga will do just that. The guy likes power like his life depends on it. In 2010 / 2011 election, he was a staunch proponent of it's the turn of the North. Now he is telling the South what they will like to hear. He knows when he enters the room with his Northern brothers, he will tell them he is only cajoling Southerners; that he will never betray Northern interest.

We don wise up. Our mumu don do
How has saying it is the turn of the north different from restructuring?

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by tuniski: 6:01am On Sep 25, 2017
sarrki:


Wailers are seasonal

They have stopped shouting recession

Its restructuring now

Very soon It will be Atiku or nothing

They are not stable
Very programmed hailer! You will hail Hitler and lucifer sef!

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by giftq: 6:03am On Sep 25, 2017
Lazy and landlocked

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by Nobody: 6:03am On Sep 25, 2017
COWSAS always hate this man for telling them the truth!!
who cares anyway, they can restrucure with their afonja counterpart all we need is referendum.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by Esseite: 6:06am On Sep 25, 2017
Well, we have heard better.. its usually this way before the election... buhari 2015.

But what can one do... anything seems better than the current economic situation.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by kessyur: 6:08am On Sep 25, 2017
lets see
Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by dodelight(m): 6:10am On Sep 25, 2017
BabaRamota1980:
Nothing scares a Northerner much as when told the country will be restructured or break apart.

The Emirs panic when they hear this. They start farting!


Exactly. It seems the word 'restructuring' is synonymous to 'death sentence' to them. Someone really needs to educate them all- including their literates.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by BabaRamota1980: 6:12am On Sep 25, 2017
DONLEKAN:
If you tell Atiku that he will only be the president of Nigeria if he abuses his dead mother, the nigga will do just that. The guy likes power like his life depends on it. In 2010 / 2011 election, he was a staunch proponent of it's the turn of the North. Now he is telling the South what they will like to hear. He knows when he enters the room with his Northern brothers, he will tell them he is only cajoling Southerners; that he will never betray Northern interest.

We don wise up. Our mumu don do

I concur

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by DONLEKAN: 6:12am On Sep 25, 2017
tuniski:

How has saying it is the turn of the north different from restructuring?

So to you restructuring is all about rotational presidency?. This is why the Northern elite always claim those who are screaming about restructuring are confused about what it means. To him, the structure of Nigeria was good enough in 2011 if he became president. He is only screaming restructuring today hoping some gullible people from the South will hear that and cast their votes for him.

Infact if Nigeria is genuinely restructured, we will not bother so much about who is Nigeria's president because regional govt will have more power.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by krendo: 6:14am On Sep 25, 2017
Whether Atiku becomes President or not he is already a very successful man

2 time former VP and Billionaire Businessman no be come chop

It is up to Nigerians to take seriously debate that will help move Nigeria forward or continue to insult those who have creative ideas in the name of fighting corruption

2019 need Atiku or Saraki to be President

At this moment I prefer Saraki

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by dodelight(m): 6:14am On Sep 25, 2017
Achuwa1:
If Atiku can do all he is saying,then I am for Atiku 2019.
I will campaign for Atiku with the last drop of my blood if he will fulfill all he just said in this write up.
Bro, no single Nigerian politician deserves a drop of your blood. Just follow your conscience, and know when to fold up when need be.

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by dodelight(m): 6:18am On Sep 25, 2017
mrvitalis:
Baba Atiku stop beating about the bush

Restructuring is not a clear word , tell us clearly what your idea is and what type of restructuring you are talking about

How would it function and what are the advantages and disadvantages of it
Spotted!
'Restructuring' is not a clear word to northerners and their sympathizers! What other clarifications do you need about what he meant by restructuring other than provided for in the above article?

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Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by madridguy(m): 6:20am On Sep 25, 2017
grin grin grin

sarrki:


Its the dossier to ignite the wailers and enemies of the state

Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by babyfaceafrica: 6:31am On Sep 25, 2017
Atiku doin everything to look good....hope he knows that if northern refuses to vote for him...no Presidency
Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by personal59(m): 6:33am On Sep 25, 2017
hmmm
Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by WowSweetGuy(m): 6:39am On Sep 25, 2017
All these recycled old hags northerners just want to be ruling forever. I spit on this country
Re: Laziness Responsible For North’s Opposition To Restructuring –atiku Abubakar by ojimbo(m): 6:40am On Sep 25, 2017
Atiku is next on the list to be proclaimed a Terrorist

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