Afenifere, Ohaneze slam Gov. Shettima over restructuring outburst

Governor Kashim Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has described Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, as ignorant of the contents of restructuring, which informed his comments against the call for a review of the nation’s economic and political structure.

The secretary of the group, Bashorun Arogbofa, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday in a telephone interview that the Boko Haram and almajiri phenomena would not have existed if the country was properly structured to tackle all the problems now facing it.

Mr. Shettima had on Thursday downplayed the agitations for the restructuring of the country, saying it was a “madness” that could be stopped by good governance.

Mr. Shettima, who spoke at the launching of the book “On a Platter of Gold,” by former Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, said if jobs were created and the economy made better, the calls for restructure would stop.

“People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring,” he said.

“Let us improve on governance, let us work for the people, invest in education, create jobs for our people, this madness will stop.”

Mr. Arogbofa, who also authored a book on restructuring, titled, “Nigeria-The Path We Refused to Take,” said Mr. Shettima did not have the understanding of the meaning of restructuring.

“If he said all those things it means he didn’t understand the meaning of restructuring,” he said.

“Because if he understood the meaning of restructuring, he would have known that it would ensure the development of the country and move the nation forward. He would have known that it was the way forward for the country and meant respective for one another.

“With restructuring we can grow and use our initiative and the issue of all powerful centre in the federation will not be there. Where children will be given the right type of education.

“It was the absence of restructuring that indirectly led to Boko Haram and almajiris going here and there. If restructuring had taken place, those who are ruling them would have known that education mattered most for the development of the individuals and they would have taken the children to schools.

“So, I don’t think the governor understood the meaning of restructuring.”

“Are we saying that the country should break? No! Afenifere doesn’t want that, but we want every component of the country to be able to live comfortably within its own means and each part to grow at its own pace and develop its own wealth.”

Also, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South East socio-political group, also chastised the Borno State Governor for his comments, saying he is only “begging the issue.”

The spokesman for the group, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said the process of restructuring had been ongoing for a long time and the present call for restructuring should not be seen as a strange thing.

“Restructuring is something you cannot avoid,” Mr. Achi-Okpaga said. “We either restructure peacefully or restructure in pieces.”

According to him, when states were created, it was a kind of restructuring and no one should be scared of it because it would help the country to become better.

He further said those who are resisting restructuring “know the truth, but are scratching the surface to create distractions.”

“But the truth is always there and you cannot run away from it,” he added.


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  • Bassey Frank

    How can he embrace restructuring when oil money is flowing. His state is being saturated with free money through the Presidential Initiative on North East; the Presidential Initiative for North East (the one the grass-cutter looted its fund), the $100 million annual levy being imposed on oil and gas operators through NNPC-NAPIMS for development of North East, huge sums from international donour agencies and numerous Nigerian groups? He is not ignorant of restructuring; he finds it irritating because it will mean an end to the flow of cheap, easy oil money.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    “People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring,”

    And wouldn’t restructuring help us get to the stage of developing nano technology or robotics as we would no longer be dependent on government and the oil money? I am so sorry for the people of Borno state for having this court jester of a governor. As for Afenifere, Shettima knows what is meant by restructuring. It is just that the Islamists do not want this form of restructuring and they do not want it now. I believe Shettima is trying to act out their script but we have to see the opposition to restructuring as what it is, a stalling tactic. The Islamists know full well that this system is destined for failure. It is just that they are not ready with their replacement system which is Sharia.

  • princegab

    It’s indeed ignorance on the part of shettima. It should also be understood that shettima’s is a reflection of pmb.

  • Jon

    Governor Shettima, a parasite, is angry. Buhari has almost spent $3 billion US dollar searching for oil in the North. They have been hitting dry holes. So, all the Northern parasites are angry. Shettima one of the biggest parasites is angry. Free handout dependency is the parasites’ way of life and they want to maintain the status quo.

    • AryLoyds

      The Northern people are parasites

  • Lanre

    The major opponents of Restructuring always come from the North. The reason is simple, the leaders of the North know they cannot survive without the resources from the South. The leaders of the North know what they want. The question is: do the Leaders of the South (Afenifere and Ohaneze, especially) know what they want?

    • Jon

      They know what they want but scared to go for it.

      • Lanre

        That and the manipulation of the populace that comes every cycle – Yar’adua Succession Crisis; Jonathan is Corrupt; Obasanjo Third Term Scam; June 12 1993. They know how to hold the population down and ensure they do not have electricity after 57 years of independence. Rather Cows are grazing near their seat of power. The whole country is a fraud and a joke.

  • Eluba Inas

    Those who believe restructuring is the way forward need to articulate their case very well so everyone will join them on board. Hurling insults and name calling is not helping their case.

    • Chris

      For how long would they keep articulating it for you? It is being articulated everyday, people keep

      feigning ignorance of knowledge of restructuring – that is hypocrisy. 2014 national conference report is a restructuring document, ditto 2004 and other conference reports that are kept in the archives. Better still, Federal Government should set a conference in motion for people to teach them what restructuring means.

      • pheliciti

        2014 confab report? Creation of 18 more States? How is that better than good governance as Shettima advocated?
        I’m ashamed my people in the South resort to name calling devoid of intellectual argument.

        • sab

          Is creation of 18 states the only provision in the 2014 conference report? Why are you being so diversionary? If they dont want creat more states, they can as well carry out other provisions of the conference report.

        • slim

          Please stop misinforming the public because ignorant is not an excuse, where did you see Creation of 18 MORE states in the confab report

      • Eluba Inas

        If 2014 conference was all about restructuring then the blame should go to the last government for not implementing it. No need to waste government resources again on that. The advocates should find ways to get their agenda accepted by the majority.

    • Julius

      I agree that they should ignore folks like Shettima who are living on everybody’s dime. Of Course, things are perfect for them and their children so, they really do not care.

  • Dr.Alfred Branson

    There is no APC governor or governors that would accept restructuring because they did came to develop the country rather to have their own shares of rooting.That is why people like Shettima can said restructuring my foot.If oil is found in the North they would be the first to call for restructuring.But one day restructuring shall come to pass.

  • Nigerian My country

    Gani Adams warned tinubu when he was overcharged with Yoruba spirit of betrayal in 2014 , that you can never trust Fulani with political power,is it not very clear now to Yorubas who are today overwhelmed with fear and shame for playing Judas Iscariot in 2015.You can imagine the mindset of this almajiri imbeciles,’restructuring his foot,restructuring madness’,this guys are drag down to Nigeria,they love misery,poverty , illiteracy, underdevelopment and diseases , they want every Nigerian to be on the que with them.
    All that matters to them is acquisition of women and girls like clothing,have sex and bear children like English rats,they are mentally lazy and immoral , very pretentious and hypocritical,they hate development,but sneak into developed parts of the world to use looted resources meant to develop their people and states to acquire properties in the developed climes .
    Horrible creatures,they have been in charge of Nigeria for 57 years,all that Nigeria have to show for their dominance had been tales of sorrow,pain,hunger .is time for the forward looking Nigerians to break out of the bondage of the likes of the haughty shetima and his sand in the brain almajiri brethren.
    So long as Nigeria continue to live in denial,so long as Nigeria continue to deceive themselves that almajiri imbeciles shall give them good governance,so long as Nigerians continue to believe that a faulty structure shall yield good product,so long shall Nigeria continue to be a huge joke,a resounding shame and a kingdom of lost hope .can’t build a solid structure on quicksand and expect to see a good result.
    The time to act is now,lets vote out all this myopic,haughty , proud,ignorant , backward fixated almajiri imbeciles,and hand our nation over to brilliant,well resourced,properly educated,bright , intelligent Nigerians to drive our nation to the next level.if Nigeria continue with this kind of leadership mindset of a shetima,100years to come,we shall still be thinking of how to convince almajiri children to go to school,talking about boko haram ,5000 mgw power ,etc .may God open our eyes to see the clear danger posed to Nigeria by continuing with the shetima kinds of leadership in this nation.2019 should be the day of reckoning to Nigeria and Nigeria must not fail herself again.

  • Kelly

    How cows like Shettima manage to come close to power leaves much to be desired. When people like this clown (Shettima) are the leaders of countries in 21st Century, don’t blame anyone when he says, He has given up on Nigeria.

  • grand maze

    The societal reprobates like shettima tells audacious lies with arrogance and impunity

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Yes, restructuring my foot. As for the spokesman of Ohaneze, I say, we either disintegrate peacefully or disintegrate in pieces. Restructuring is a misnomer.

  • Julius

    I wish these 2 groups and like minded people will ignore idiots like Shettima and just do the needful.

  • Otile

    Unfortunately this ingrate does not realize how much his wasted state costs one Nigeria.

  • igboham

    Nigeria s really a zoo without guts to face who and what they are. Go to Libya and get your people then ask why your people are running away.