Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable, Tambuwal says; rejects restructuring

Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor
Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has urged aggrieved groups across Nigeria to adopt dialogue to resolve their differences.

Mr. Tambuwal said he believes “in the unity of the country and the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.”

“Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at anytime,” he said.

“There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable.”

The former House of Representatives Speaker also called for urgent review of the revenue allocation formula, to favour states and local governments.

He made the call when he received various professional groups who paid him Sallah homage on Wednesday in Sokoto.

The groups included Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture; Association of Resident Communities; Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, among others.

“The state and the local governments are the closest tiers of government to the people, unfortunately, they are getting less than the Federal Government from the Federation Account.

“The ugly trend should be reversed in favour of states and local governments to enable them meet the overwhelming demands of the grassroots,” the governor said.

Mr. Tambuwal rejected calls for the “geographical” restructuring of Nigeria, saying that instead, the country should focus on fiscal restructuring.

He promised to revive ailing industries in the state in partnership with the chamber, and adopt policies to bolster trade and commerce.

The governor told the group of non-indigenes living in the state that they are equal partners in running the affairs of the state.

He promised that the administration would not discriminate against anyone, irrespective of tribe or religion.

To the NGOs and other groups, Tambuwal urged them to offer constructive criticisms that would guide the government in meeting the challenges confronting the state.

The President of the Chamber, Kabiru Tafida, and Augustine Onumba, Chairman of the association of resident communities, hailed the governor for his steadfastness.

(NAN)

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  • Lanre

    Mr. Tambuwal. You are ignorant. Everything is negotiable including the basis for existence of people on a country. You are talking like Babangida, Buhari, Abacha, Buhari and Obasanjo. Military men who used brawn and force to rule Nigeria. Have you heard of Yugolsavia – Serbia; Croatia; Bosnia; Kosovo, Soviet Union, Eritrea, South Sudan. These are situations where people demanded for their freedom and got it. It cannot be different in Nigeria. It will not be different. What are you afraid of? Let us organize a referendum and decide.

    • Gbola

      And what’s stopping you from organising a referendum ??

  • kamal

    Tambuwal, u belong to d old school, all I bliv is we in d north are tired of living together with igbo mannerless n lawless, fatherless n useless biafrans. Dis country must be divided so dat they will liv d north immediately.

    • Jon

      Please write in clear English.

  • ahmed

    animal

  • Arabakpura

    If the local councils cannot be granted full autonomy, there is no need to increase any allocation; you will end up equipping the governors with more money to loot!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Retrogressive nincompoop.

    • Amir

      Online fighter: Are you still suffering from Tambuwal’s uppercut? While you were stealing federal money in dollars and opening bank account in your maid’s, dead and mad brother”s names, wise people were strategising politically. After 4 years of crying we’ll award you BSc in Wailing Technology.

      • Iniabasi Akpan

        While he was doing that, sanusi was acquiring rolls Royce from d money he EARNED!
        U think everyone is blind. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.

        • Ivan Johnson

          Malaysia just like Nigeria was colonised by Great Britain.

          Just like Nigeria, Britain merged several nations together to form a country they named MALAYA. Britain granted MALAYA independence in 1957.

          The federation of Malaya was renamed Malaysia in 1963 by the indigenes.

          By 1965, Malaysia was broken into pieces for peace to reign (this is what Nigeria should have done a long time ago).

          Two major countries emerged out of Malaysia – Singapore and Malaysia. Singaporeans are mainly Buddhists while Malaysians are mainly Sunni Muslims.

          The economy of Malaysia depends on 60% Services, 30% Industry and 10% Agriculture. In the 1960s, this same Malaysia came to Nigeria to buy their first palm trees. Today, Malaysia is the largest exporter of palm oil and other palm products. It seems that Black African leaders are actually very lazy people if we are to be honest with ourselves.

          Today, both Singapore and Malaysia are doing extremely well. If they had been kept together by the use of force (as it is in Nigeria), I don’t think they could have gone this far. Na so so fight dem for dey fight till today, like Nigeria.

          Only idiots will not understand why Nigeria needs to break up and rest

    • Zakariya Peter

      Let us talk about Dame Hippo Dummy and her billions of dollars !!!!

      • chukwuemeka chimereze

        From her oil well or yours?

  • share Idea

    In one breadth he does not support restructuring, and in another breadth, he wants revenue formula adjusted. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Soldiers loyal to Fulani restructured Nigeria politically to favour northern Nigeria controlled by Fulani.

    This Fulani parasite says Nigeria can’t be restructured in a democracy. Typical Fulani mind set.
    Tambuwal is not to blame, anyday the southwest wakes up to the reality that one Nigeria is a stumbling block to development of southwest region, nobody from south of Nigeria will have time to listen to this type of rantings from the parasitic Tambourines of northern Nigeria.

  • Rommel

    I disagree with Tambuwal,Nigeria needs total overhaul so that certain things can become clearer,the number of states for instance,derivation and allocation and the vexing issue of local governments all need attention,let states be responsible for local governments,there should no longer be federal allocation to states and local governments,let 50% of everything got from states be sent to the center as we had in agreement of independance,this restructuring has become necessary and the time is now.

  • forestgee

    Without restructuring, the system will “disconnect” one day! I accept the fact that nobody who benefits from a parasitic arrangement will go against the system. It appears those who are suffering from the current system will not keep quiet as advised by those tormenting them…stagnation will continue till the appointed date!

  • True Nigerian

    Well, the false-structure existing on the platform of a decrepit foundation will eventually collapse on your heads!
    Bunch of shallow minds who can’t think beyond the size of their pockets or see beyond the length of their eye glasses.
    The utter failure of Nigeria will amaze you all. If Yugoslavia and USSR could not keep itself together by brute force, Nigeria will not be able to do so either.

    A cohesive country is built on fairness, justice, equity and truth. There is just no other way!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Tambuwal needs to note that restructuring is multi faceted and coming together to look at our differences will really paved a way for stable and strong polity.

  • izander

    Nonsense! What kind of unity is this? You use oil revenue derived from ‘A State’ to run ‘B State’ and ‘C State’, etc, but an indigene of ‘A State’ cannot get state government job in ‘B State’ or ‘C State’. This is like Ojo depending totally on Omo for all his expenses, but if Omo visits Ojo, Ojo refuses to give him even drinking water. Let the Hausa/Fulani keep enjoying the loot of for now. The day of reckoning cometh, and the Lord shall hear no cry. So did the northerners in Sudan try to exterminate the southerners for their oil, but today South Sudan is a separate country. The only problem delaying same scenario in Nigeria is that southerners are still shy of uniting, but a breakpoint in northern oppression will come, and southerners will have no alternative but to unite and break of the yoke. So did the British do with America over two hundred years ago, but Americans eventually united and fought to be free, and today America is the greatest nation on earth.

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  • rayray

    Restructuring of Nigeria is inevitable. People who kick against it, are people benefiting at every point the issue is brought up. Not even the north or south as a region is benefiting from this arrangement made in hell, but a select few who has wrestled power for selfish reasons

  • ojays

    It’s high time we restructured this ?nation. let contiguous areas with same language come together. they should exploit their natural and human resources for development and only pay a certain amount to the central. each area can even decide what type of govt that suits them. we should only have common currency, foreign policy, single army and limited numbers of men in the federal police. each area should have his police even local govts police. wages should be area based. judicial system from customary courts, magistrate, high court to area supreme courts.
    by area I mean region or whatever name it bears.

  • GusO

    For those of you constantly trumpeting restructuring, how many of you can guarantee that the restructuring which is completely an undefined black box at this time will improve the economic development of the country? I’m pretty sure that everyone has his own idea of what the endpoints of restructuring should look like. Nigeria has been restructured so many times — from 4 regions to 12 states then to 19 states and now 36 states — and none of that improved governance. Governor Tambuwal is opposed to further geographical restructuring because prior experiments did not resolve governance and I support that. The issue with governance is not oil revenue being transferred from the South to the North, it is the politicians playing divide and rule card to distract the population while massively embezzling tax payers money. Nigeria’s defining problem is corruption and not the absence of restructuring. The phenomenal rise of Lagos to become the unrivaled preeminent state was built on good governance and not oil. Take this from me, an indigene of one of the oil-producing states.

    • The_Rising_Sun

      Sorry brother, you lacks knowledge about the issues you tried to solve.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      It has been restructured while the Federal Government held all economic power. That does not sound like the type Nigeria needed, don’t you agree?

  • Sir Louis

    Governor Tambuwal is confused! On one hand he said Nigeria’s problems can be resolved through dialogue and on the other hand, he talks about the fact that Nigeria’s unity is non- negotiable. So if the unity of a multi- ethnic and multi- religious and cultural entity is non- negotiable even when we toy with the idea of federalism, then what is the purpose of dialogue? He then proceeded to reject restructuring even when the latter would make for efficiency and progress. It is good that the guy has exposed the fact that he does not appreciate the history and diversity of the country and the fact that to progress, Nigerians need deep reflection about the state of affairs in their country and how to remove the cleavages that has prevented the country from reaching its full capabilities.

  • PolyGon2013

    We know it is just a political statement. Nigeria unity is definitely negotiable.

  • Iweka Okparaocha

    “The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has urged aggrieved groups across Nigeria to adopt dialogue to resolve their differences”. “Mr. Tambuwal said he believes “in the unity of the country and the unity of the country is non-negotiable”.” My question to Mr. Tambuwal is, what does dialogue mean? and why do you need the dialogue if Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable and can not be restructured? Is Mr. Tambuwal confused, indirectly calling for peace or treating for war rather than accept restructuring Nigeria for good, called by aggrieved groups across Nigeria who are demanding their rights for total restructuring or separation. Mr. Tambuwal must understand the reality of challenges here in Nigeria that is peculiar to the National interest and these challenges can be fixed with simple coming together for agreement and problem solved once and for all. I also want Mr. Tambuwal to note that it is very aggravating and a sign of arrogance to be talking about revenue allocation formula that favour’s the states and local government of northern Nigeria when you are appealing to aggrieved groups across Nigeria to adopt dialogue to sincerely resolve their differences. Look Mr. Tambuwal, the chances are clear and the peace Nigeria needs are near, it is either Fiscal, Geographical and Political Restructuring or The Separation of North from South or Otherwise. Do I make it clear.

  • Remi

    What form of “economic restructuring” is Governor Tambuwal
    talking about? Economic restructuring
    for sharing unearned wealth derived from rent-seeking, by the rentier state or
    economic restructuring of the federating units into viable entities? If, by
    “economic restructuring”, he is referring to the former, then what we will
    continue to have is more of the same. A situation where the governed cannot
    hold their governors to account, because the government they run does not run
    on the tax of the people i.e. a zero social compact situation. However, if by
    “economic restructuring”, he is referring to the latter definition, then it
    would as of necessity involve geographical restructuring. For reasons of
    expediency, in 1967, Nigeria moved from a highly devolved federal political
    structure, with four (economically) viable federating units, to a unitary
    state, with 12 economically unviable “federating” units. The initial 12
    “federating units” have been further balkanised three times over, into thirty
    six units, with their economic viability decreasing exponentially with each act
    of balkanisation. It should be recalled that these acts of balkanisation were
    not carried out with economic viability of the units being created in mind, but
    according to other, largely arbitrary, considerations. In fact, all of the states of Nigeria that are
    economically viable today are so, more by accident, rather than a conscious
    design, of history. Therefore, to get true “economic restructuring”; we must
    first start by geographic restructuring into economically viable federating units.
    We can start with the current six geopolitical zones as a template, allowing for
    cross boundary movement of groups / states, after due consultations and
    negotiations. There should, of course, be intra (geopolitical) zonal
    negotiations too.

    • chukwuemeka chimereze

      Well articulated Mr Remi, our problem is NORTHERN ELEMENTS such as Tambuwaal, who talks with their stomach.

      • Remi

        Dear Mr Chimereze

        Thanks for your response, and I could not agree any less
        with you. Just to add that Tambuwal’s arguments were not only “stomach
        infrastructure “related but that he was also trying to protect an advantage. At
        independence, the British, for their own reasons – of which many have been
        adduced, handed down a lopsided federation, which was clearly an anathema to the
        continuation of democracy and good government. The political elite of Tambuwal’s region – the north –
        were, and have continued to be, the main beneficiaries of this skewed federation. Thus,
        in order to protect this advantage, which manifests in the form of undeserved economic,
        territorial, military and political control, he and his ilk must oppose
        restructuring, which has the potential of ending these unearned and undeserved privileges.
        The feudal and parasitic northern power elite are far too used to living off the
        sweat, toil and discomfort of others that they are in mortal fear of a
        future devoid of such opportunism. At first it was the talakawas that they fed on, giving them the opium of
        religion, which kept them uneducated and thus permanently ignorant and submissive,
        to their exploitation and oppression; then, the British gave them the whole of Nigeria,
        and now, they are fighting to hold on to it.

    • Plumbline

      Remi, you nailed it and just crucified Governor Tambuwal’s faulty argument for not seeking geographic restructuring.

  • Dike Victor

    For Nigeria to be advance nation , 100% must Restructure # let one of this Northern politician speak in European Parliament !! They will laugh at him or her // is like what is he talking !! Primitive man !!!! Brains , mentality is the big problem . The north is really scared ! Cheating will not last forever

    • Plumbline

      Spot on, Dike Victor. The North is really scared!

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    But that is the problem Tambuwal. Government needs to be closer to the people hence the call for restructuring. I am amazed how many people are exposing themselves as enemies of Nigeria and potential Islamist sympathizers (as the Islamists want their version of restructuring and cannot allow devolution of powers because they would not be able to control all the natural resources and ports). Is Tambuwal one of the Sharia sympathizers?

    • Nobody’sPuppet

      I thought you were among sharia sympathisers. I don’t know how many years it will take you to accept that Muslims are unrepentant and grossly lazy/ domineering. They thrive on dictatorship and violence. Hence, the only solution to Nigeria problem is division, not devolution of powers. They won’t allow it because of their parasitical nature.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        They will likely be forced to do so. If people could force IBB to leave power in 1993, block the third term bid of Obasanjo in 2006, get the Northern establishment to cede power to Goodluck Jonathan (and they fought to keep it from happening), and force Goodluck Jonathan to partly reverse the subsidy removal, the Northern establishment can and will be forced to agree to true federalism. You hear there is danger of riots on a nationwide scale, something I have been warning of on this forum since 2013. If it happens, the Northern establishment that is resisting federalism will get full blame for it and you know what happens to such leaders.

        • Nobody’sPuppet

          Let’s wait and see.

    • Plumbline

      Chukwuka Okoroafor, you asked a very important question there. I guess you alluded to the answer already when you said people are exposing themselves as enemies of Nigeria and potential Islamist sympathizers.

    • Oyi

      Yes, he is. There are speculations that he is even planing to contest for president come 2019.

  • Bee

    “Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at anytime,” he said.

    “There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these
    challenges are surmountable… The unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.”

    Totally illogical and consistent in inconsistency, first the Unity of Nigeria that does not exist in any case or
    rather according to Tambuwal himself that is under serious challenges is non-negotiable.

    Yet according to him the same dialogue you have out rightly excluded as an option to this unity
    challenges, remains the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at any time. What are you saying?

    Of cause Tambuwai could decide not to negotiate his personal unity with whosoever but he has no right
    to deny the over 170 million citizens of the present Nigerian enclave the negotiation

    option on their peaceful coexistence in whatever form. Period

  • sir Oscie

    I believe it’s either Tambuwal has no idea of what Nigerians are going through or he has no idea of what to do about the situation.

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