Northern Nigeria Not Afraid Of Restructuring — Tambuwal, others

Aminu Tambuwal
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the 19 northern states of Nigeria are not afraid of the proposed restructuring of Nigeria.

Mr. Tambuwal stated this on Monday in Jos, Plateau State, at the annual Law Week and memorial lecture by the Nigerian Bar Association, Jos Branch for Justice Dauda Azaki, who died 20 years ago.

The statement came after a remark by his Borno State counterpart, Mr. Shettima, dismissing the clamour for restructuring elicited widespread condemnation especially from eminent southern Nigerians and groups from the southern half of the country.

“I can confidently say here that we in the northern part of Nigeria are not afraid of restructuring,” Mr. Tambuwal said.

The Sokoto governor, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said contrary to insinuations that northern Nigerians were opposed to restructuring of Nigeria, saying those saying so were merely raising a false alarm.

Governor Tambuwal stressed that northerners were not afraid of the economic implications of restructuring, stating that most states in the north have enough mineral deposits to be self-sustaining.

He added that Nigerians from all parts of the country desire true federalism.

Speaking in the same vein, the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, said restructuring is a welcome development as long as the proposed restructuring will not ignite rancour in the country.

Mr. Abubakar urged that Nigerians to be properly educated on the issue to allay fears among some of them.

On his part, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, also called for caution on the issue.

Mr. Lalong said the agitation for restructuring almost caused the country another round of unrest.

“A misunderstanding of the concept of restructuring among the younger generation has also undoubtedly given rise in some quarters to the provocative and inciting calls for seccession and the dissolution of the Nigerian state,” he said.

Governor Lalong said while he supported the policy of restructuring, he however lamented that some of the agitations for restructuring had veered into hate speeches.

Returning to the topic of Monday’s event, Mr. Tambuwal admonished Nigerian judges and lawyers to adjudicate speedily on cases to avoid prolonging stay of persons awaiting trial in prisons

Earlier, chairman of the Jos branch of the NBA, Ralph Monye, criticised the prosecution of some judges in Abuja for alleged corrupt practices.

“I had strongly condemned that despicable act and in solidarity with their Lordships, I had predicted that the Judiciary, which seemed at that time to be under intense fire would surely come out unscathed. The dust has since settled and mist of the judges have since resumed in their places of primary assignments.”

Mr. Monye said practitioners of other professions were not being questioned for doing wrong, and call for the prosecution of some security operatives for inhuman treatment of citizens.

“The DSS (State Security Service) is still one of the security outfits in Nigeria with no one calling for its disbandment,” he said.

The thme of the 2017 Law Week of the association was: “Restructuring: A Panacea for Nigeria’s Development and Cohesion.”


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  • Jon

    The guy is telling us that they are not afraid of restructuring – so, what is the North waiting for? The South is ready.

  • Jon

    In the absence of restructuring or resistance to restructure, the South will have no other alternative than to de-amalgamate.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      We are better off together. Let’s work to bring Southern cameroons and Bakassi back to Nigeria.
      Nigeria will not be the same without all her components parts.
      The South is less likely to be food self sufficient in the next 4yrs without the North. You can’t trust Ijaw Oil pipelines vandals not to go mad again.

      • Really

        Who are you preaching to?

        Keep what you have to yourself and leave others to perish with what they have.


        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Please keep your opinion to yourself, if you can’t respect my rights to free speech.

  • Decimator

    “Mr. Abubakar urged that Nigerians to be properly educated on the issue to allay fears among some of them”.PT

    Always glorifying their illiteracy status as a legitimate means of making their entitlement demands.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are either Afraid of, or for Restructuring.

    Not both at the same time.



    The core Islamic north is not just against restructuring alone but against any move or initiative aimed at attainning equity, balance, fairness and justice required to transform Nigeria from a zoo to a real country bound together in a union of peoples democratic free-will.

    If Tambuwal is honest ,why then are they constituting a stumbling block on all issues like a new peoples constitution and a fair political structure and at least a fair form of fiscal federalism ?

    It is clear that most groups which make up the Nigerian mosaic are far from satisfied about the present lopsided arrangement which has seen the north benefit from all the unfair advantages imposed by military fiat of erstwhile northern dictators. The north has not displayed an iota of good faith on these issues rather they have selfishly and still selfishly advocated a continuation of the unfair and dysfunctional status-quo even at the risk of violent disintegration .

    The SW which has always supported the north has begun to demand a change and so is most of the middle-belt so it is left for the north to read the hand writing on the wall and allow common sense to prevail over uncompromising selfishness.