By Nwangwu Uba
At long last President Muhammadu Buhari, who had adopted
The President may have been encourage to sing a different song with the high level of insecurity in different parts of the country. From Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Borno to Gombe, the story is the story: Insecurity. Take for instance, the north eastern states of Yobe and Borno, the Islamic Fundamentalists, BokoHaram, has been desperately fighting in the last 10 years with government forces and Multi-national Joint Task Force, MNJTF, to create an Islamic state in the region while Bandits have gradually taken over Zamfara state in the north west geo-political region and spreading their tentacles to Katsina, the President home state, Kaduna, and Nasarawa states.
The Katsina state born Nigerian President who could not hide his feelings at an award ceremony organised by the governors of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in his honour in Abuja, said ”true Federalism is necessary at this juncture of the nation’s political and democratic revolution”. He noted that ”some few privileged individuals and groups in the society are exploiting the and manipulating the ethnic and religious front-lines for seeking personal and partisan advantage ”.
This is a remarkable departure on his stand on the matter in the past. Recall that last year he had told Nigerians based in France that ”there should be proper definition of what Nigerians want before the government can delve into restructuring”. Recall that when the pressure for the restructuring exercise became pronounced in all nooks and crannies of the country between 2016 and 2017, Buhari had set up a Committee Chaired by Nasir el-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, and now governor of Kaduna state to look into the matter and make its recommendation to government on how to achieve true Federalism for the country.
The Committee did not see it as the government throwing its weight on the Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019, Presidential election, idea, as it looked at the matter passionately. It was said to have recommended to the government the devolution of power to the states, resource control, creation of state police and merger of states which are essential ingredients for true Federalism.
Many had expected the President to implement the recommendations of the
Edwin Cark , an Ijaw leader, who has been at the vanguard for the call for true Federalism in the country over the years has repeatedly argued that for the Buhari anti-Corruption war to be taken serious, the power presently concentrated at the centre will have to give way which was in line with the Devolution of power recommended by the El-Rufai Committee on Restructuring of Nigeria to government last year. Note that Victor Atta, a former governor of Akwa Ibom
He noted that the government diversification agenda would not achieve the desired
political watchers believe
More so, oil has been discovered in Bauchi state, which