Restructuring: Buhari expresses rare commitment


President Muhammadu Buhari may have reconsidered his position on restructuring Nigeria.

Buhari is reputed for his opposition to restructuring and encapsulated it recently at the weekend at the Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari Peace Foundation in Zaria, Kaduna State saying, “Those who are discussing restructuring, my question is, what are you going to restructure?

“If you ask many Nigerians what they are going to restructure, you will find out that they have nothing to talk about.

“Some of them have not even studied the 1999 Constitution. The 1999 Constitution is almost 70 to 80 per cent 1979 Constitution.”

However, the President may have relaxed his hard-stance going by what he told the National Executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), led by Prof Benjamin Okaba, who visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

On calls for restructuring, the President noted that the National Assembly, whose responsibility it is to amend the constitution upon concluding the ongoing regional consultations, he would sign it into law.

According to him, “As soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part.”

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