Restructuring: Northern governors, traditional rulers to hold town hall meetings

FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017
FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017

The committee set up by the Northern Governors Forum and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council to aggregate the views of Northerners on the restructuring debate will hold public hearings in the 19 states of the region, the committee’s chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said.

Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the committee in Kaduna, Mr. Tambuwal said members have agreed to hold extensive consultations with stakeholders and leaders of thought in member states with a view to coming up with acceptable position that will reflect the view of the entire North.

“We have reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring Nigeria remains a strong, united country. We have also decided to present the case of the North as a single entity desirous of a prosperous country.

“Today’s meeting agreed on the need to hold town hall meetings in all the 19 states to hear the views of our people on the restructuring debate currently going on in the country.

“We are not limiting the area of discussion because it is better to put all questions on the table and have it discussed. We will discuss on federalism, fiscal federalism, state police, revenue structure and any other issue of interest.

“We have also decided to analyse previous documents and position papers that proffered viable options to Northern development. A technical committee will study these documents, talk to the authors and present the report to us at our next meeting on October 24 here in Kaduna.

“We will key into the opportunity provided by the ongoing amendment of the 1999 constitution by the National assembly to see how our position can be reflected in the larger scheme of things,” he added.

Also speaking, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said all stakeholders will make inputs before the final report is presented.

Those at the meeting include Governor of Nasarawa, Umar Al-Makura; his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai; and deputy governors of Gombe and Plateau states, Charles Iliya and Soni Tyoden respectively.

Others in attendance were Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar; Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba Gyang; Emir of Fika, Muhammadu Abali; and Emir of Gummi, Lawal Gummi.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:DIABETES Is CURABLE! Don't Let It Threaten You! To NORMALIZE Your Blood Sugar In 21Days For Life, Click Here!!!.


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Sam

    “It’s never too late to taking a good step forward”(sam, 2017)

  • Agba

    Its too late for restructuring,Oduduwa or death,congratulation to all gallant Biafrans,and their Fallen HERO,awon hausa jatijati yi,ina Eledumare a jo won.Biafans victory is yours.

  • Jon

    Parasitic North should be careful otherwise they, the North will take the name Nigeria while the South will be Oduduwa Republic and Biafra Republic.

  • thisnigeria

    The most unfortunate thing for those opposing restructuring is that such things as massive corruption, lack of constant electricity supply, very bad roads, youth unemployment, insecurity and many more that made the proponents to make the call in the first instance can never be addressed with the status quo being maintained. So something has to give one way or the other.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Gambari defenders of dysfunctional status-quo, they are surely up to no good always pretending that all is well because they benefit from the flawed constitution and system which was imposed on Nigerians by erstwhile military dictators of northern origin. Those military goons created the lopsided state and local government configuration which the north has used to cheat the rest of the country for decades.

    The corrupt and lazy northern political establishment who have failed to educate the north but takes delight in providing the Sharia and hisba islamic police, useless agenda which they used in confusing the mostly illiterate population of the north into thinking that they protect their interest.

    If you check that photograph above, all their children are in European schools while they encourage Islamic madrasas in their states. THE GAME IS UP FOLKS, FROM NOW ON , THE GOING WILL BE ROUGH TILL THAT HAUSA FULANI CHEATING STOPS AND THIS FRAUDULENT CONSTITUTION IS TOSSED INTO THE RUBBISH BINS OF HISTORY.IF YOU DECIDE TO SPILL BLOOD, SO BE IT BUT THE CHEATING MUST END,

    • princegab

      Oga Tawanda, did i here you say “blood “? Lord of mercy!!!!
      Never mind, there will be no war. The north can not deny the death of status quo, there will be no escaping restructuring of Nigeria.
      Na god catch our yeye leaders. If them no restucture naija, the youths dem go kill the yeye old for nothing looters so called leaders .

    • Senator D

      Who will bail the cat??? IPOB was supposed to be the wake-up call for other minority groups but my people rather joined the Hausa Fulanis to fight against the Ibos…

  • 0tile

    The parasites are going to plot how to use violence to keep the status quo. Cheating others is a way of life for the Fulani oligarchy. Buhari their leader is an agent of hate.

    • Capt Sankara

      As much as I’m averse to war, if we must all down South have to fight, let`s for God sake die fighting honorably. The need to put a stop to this over 50 years servitude to some functional illiterates from the deserts must end – Period !

      • Senator D

        It’s more than 50-years bro…It’s close to 84-years today!

    • Senator D

      Restructuring is a huge joke… Haba! How can you talk about restructuring when ONLY Kaduna and Kano States have more house of Reps Member than all the Five (5) Eastern Sates combined??? Fulanis are born to rule…They will NEVER accept restructuring NEVER!

  • Abulegbaa

    You are talking about restructuring and you want the Almajiis to buy into that? So if the country is restructured what do you expect the emirs to do? Gambaris are not known to work hard, they will sit at home and NNPC license and oil block delivered to them at home; their children who read history will be employed before a Southerner who read engineering.

    They will rather commit suicide than allowing restructuring, and that is why they look at Nnamdi kanu as their worst enemy. Almajiris are used to reaping where they did not sow, but if all the Southern souls dig their heel deep and speak with one voice, they will cave in unwillingly. They will lose a lot by letting the South to go and form Oduduwa and Biafra, they are too lazy to survive on their own. Boko Haram will finish them.

  • Senator D

    Restructuring will impoverish these Northern Fulani… They will resist it to the core. How can you restructure Nigeria when Kaduna and Kano produce more house of Reps than ALL FIVE EASTERN STATES? How can you restructure Nigeria when ALL South South and South Eastern States put together does NOT have equal number of LG against Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto just four Northern State… How can you restructure when Revenue Sharing formula is based on number of Local Government in four state of which the North is Highest in Nigeria? Abeg make unah go siddon…IPOB and all those clamoring for restructuring these Northern Janjaweed Fulanis will NOT agree… Therefore expect militarized actions to crush anyone trying to upset the current arrangement in Nigeria…

  • Senator D

    Restructuring is a huge joke… Haba! How can you talk about restructuring when ONLY Kaduna and Kano States have more house of Reps Member than all the Five (5) Eastern Sates combined? Kai! How can you talk about restructuring when Revenue Sharing from the Federation account is based on Number of Local Governments knowing fully well that Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi and Sokoto have enough Local Government than the SOUTH-SOUTH and SOUTH EAST combined? IPOB or Restructuring proponents must be crushed with every military might possible… Why would anyone ever think of restructuring or asking for equity in Nigeria????